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Singaporean Inspired Chilli Crab Recipe

Chilli crab is a Southeast Asian seafood dish that originated from Singapore. Mud crabs are commonly used and are stir-fried in a semi-thick, sweet and savoury tomato-and-chilli-based sauce. Despite its name, chilli crab is not a very spicy dish unless it is my Singaporean inspired chilli crab recipe.

I experienced Singapore Chilli Crab when I first visited Singapore in 2003. Several work colleagues and I were attending my Airworthiness Inspectors course at the Singapore Aviation Academy and I was heavily pregnant with Ashton. I spent 5 glorious weeks in Singapore and indulged in the most luscious dishes I’ve ever had the privilege of experiencing.

My top 5 dishes to eat in Singapore

  1. Chilli Crab.
  2. Fish Head Curry
  3. Black Pepper Crab
  4. BBQ grilled prawns
  5. Laksa

Yesterday, Ashton and I whipped up this Chilli Crab dish that’s incredibly easy yet oh so delicious.

Singaporean Inspired Chilli Crab Recipe

  • Servings: 2
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  • 1 kg crab cleaned and cut into pieces
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 diced onions
  • 4 red chillies
  • 1 tsp dried red chilli flakes
  • 3 tsp finely chopped ginger
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 4 tbsp soy sauce
  • 6 tbsp tomato sauce
  • Salt to taste
  • Coriander for garnish


  1. Heat the oil in a medium wok.
  2. Add the diced onions and finely chopped red chilli. Fry until onions are translucent.
  3. Add the garlic, ginger and dried red chilli, mix well and then add the crab pieces.
  4. Cook for 10 minutes then add the sauces.
  5. Allow the crab to cook on a low heat until the colour of the crab changes to a bright orange.
  6. Remove from the heat and garnish with coriander.
  7. Best served with rice or rotis.

Click HERE for another of my crab curry recipes that is worth a try.

Chilli crab hits all the right spots with tangy gravy that seeps into the succulent flesh of the stir-fried crab. This Singaporean inspired chilli crab recipe is a real treat and is best served with rice or rotis. For the ultimate experience, crab is best eaten with your hands .


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