How to make Chilli Garlic Crab -

Deep fried crabs in a lip-smacking and spicy chilli garlic sauce.

Sanjeev Kapoor

This recipe has featured on the show Khanakhazana.

Main Ingredients : Crabs (केकड़े), Red chilli paste (लाल मिर्च की पेस्ट )

Cuisine : Chinese

Course : Snacks and Starters

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Chilli Garlic Crab

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Some say Chinese cuisine is 400,000 years old going back to the Peking Man and his use of fire. Some other accounts of the history of Chinese cuisine takes the beginning to the Chinese stone age. However today Chinese cuisine enjoys the distinction of being the most popular in the world.
All this furore about Chinese food can make one wonder what is so special about this cuisine.  To put it in one word it is wholesome.  It has the characteristics of being nutritious, economical, balanced and delicious. It cannot be gainsaid that Chinese food is popular the world over and it can be adapted into our modern lifestyles as the strong link between diet and health of body, mind and spirit is epitomized in Chinese cookery. We all desire harmony in our lives and this works on the ancient Taoist principle of Yin and Yang in which balance and contrast are the key. Each Chinese dish reflects a balance of taste, texture, aroma and colour. Be it sweet, sour, pungent, hot, salty or spicy – all the six basic flavours are incorporated deftly in all Chinese dishes.

Prep Time : 31-40 minutes

Cook time : 26-30 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Chilli Garlic Crab Recipe

  • Crabs 3 large

  • Red chilli paste 2 tablespoons

  • Garlic chopped 14-16 cloves

  • Oil 2 tablespoons

  • Tomato ketchup 2 tablespoons

  • Fish stock 1 1/2 cups

  • Salt to taste

  • MSG 1/4 teaspoon

  • Cornflour/ corn starch 2 tablespoons

  • Sugar 1 teaspoon

  • Vinegar 1 tablespoon

  • Spring onion greens chopped 2 stalks

  • Egg whisked 1


Step 1

Heat sufficient oil in a wok and deep fry the whole crab along with the claws. Drain and set aside on absorbent paper.

Step 2

Heat two tablespoons of oil in another wok. Add garlic and sauté for a minute. Add tomato ketchup, red chilli paste and stock.

Step 3

When the mixture comes to a boil, add salt and MSG. Dissolve cornflour in half a cup of water and add to the sauce.

Step 4

Add sugar and cook till it thickens slightly. Add vinegar to the sauce along with spring onion greens and mix. Add the egg in a thin trickle and cook till the egg strands rise to the top.

Step 5

Place the fried crab in a serving dish, pour the sauce over it and serve immediately.

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MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.