Singaporean Chile Crab Recipe -
Singaporean Chile Crab Recipe
  • READY IN 35 mins

Singaporean Chile Crab

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"This recipe is well known in Singapore and is a great hit with tourists and locals alike! It is really spicy!!!"

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Original recipe makes 3 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    35 mins


  1. Wash crabs and separate claws from body. Crack the shell and cut the body into 4 to 6 pieces.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together ketchup, water, cornstarch, and soy sauce.
  3. Heat skillet and the oil, stir in garlic and shallots. Fry the garlic and shallots for 1 to 2 minutes before adding the chili. Fry another 2 minutes. Add crab pieces and fry until they turn red, about 4 minutes.
  4. Stir sauce mixture into the skillet until the crabs are well coated. Cover the skillet and let simmer on high heat, for 7 minutes or until the shells turn bright red.
  5. Remove cover and stir in the lime juice. Stir in beaten egg until it is fully cooked. Turn the heat off and stir in green onions.
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Jul 17, 2006

This recipe is delicious! We make it quite often, and sometimes substitute green chiles, which aren't quite as hot. We've also used king crab, which is more readily available. Served with white jasmine rice, it's really messy, but really addicting!

May 08, 2008

Thank you for the recipe. It was very good and just as I remembered it in Malaysia! I didn't have any cili padi, so I used habanero instead. And I left out the lemon juice, just because i didn't have any. It still tasted food though!


15 Ratings

Jan 25, 2004

This recipe turned out a little different than I expected, but was still very enjoyable. It was a little too spicy for my daughter, but I actually added more hot pepper to spice it up even more. It is a very new way to enjoy crab.

May 26, 2013

I am a Singaporean so is very familiar with Singapore Chili Crab, just made this recipe (100% same), this doesn't taste close to our local dish but is delicious in its way. Our Chili Crab (which is commonly sold all over singapore)is much more complicated so this recipe is much more suitable to cook at home. I love this recipe and will cook it again but cannot agree that it taste like our local dish.

Jun 28, 2010

This was one of the most delicious and completely messy things I have ever eaten in my whole life. Wow.

Oct 20, 2010

Awesome, didn't change the recipe enjoyed by everyone.

Sep 20, 2010

i lived in singapore from 1973 to 1980 and have been back a few times. this recipe is as good as i remember. a little harder then expected but well worth it. and im not much of a crab eater.

Dec 31, 2012

Yes, this is very messy and yes it is delicious and spicy! We used 1 jalapeno instead of the chilis and that was hot enough for us. We accidentlyused lime instead of lemon juice but I think it was a happy accident. Excellent dish that we will make again.


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  • Calories
  • 517 kcal
  • 26%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 29.7 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol
  • 173 mg
  • 58%
  • Fat
  • 32.9 g
  • 51%
  • Fiber
  • 3.1 g
  • 12%
  • Protein
  • 29 g
  • 58%
  • Sodium
  • 771 mg
  • 31%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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