Vietnamese Recipes & Cuisines (Seafood)

Steamed Crabs in Beer Broth Recipe

(Cua Hap Bia)

Ingredients : Serves 4

1 kg

1/2 teaspoon

1/2 teaspoon

1 teaspoon

250 ml




1 tablespoon

1 tablespoon

Crabs, about 2


Ground white pepper





Red chili, julienned

Coriander (cilantro)

Spring onion (scallion), julienned

Method :
  • Clean crabs. Pull top shells of crabs and remove feathery lungs. Rinse.

  • Pull off triangular-shaped shell on the underside and rinse crab again.

  • Twist off claws and crack, Cut crabs in half.

  • Marinate crabs with salt, pepper and sugar in a heatproof (flameproof) bowl for 30 minutes.

  • Pour in three quarters of the beer then steam covered for 15 minutes.

  • Pour in remaining beer, cover and leave for a few more minutes.

  • Remove from heat and garnish with chili, coriander, and spring onion.

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