Chilli Blue Swimmer Crab



Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Serves: 4


  • 4 raw blue swimmer crabs, cleaned (quartered by our fishmongers) – can swap seafood to raw prawns, scampi or bugs
  • 2 Tbsp peanut or vegetable oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 3 tsp finely grated fresh ginger
  • 1 ½ – 2 Tbsp sambal oelek* (to your taste)
  • 1 cup tomato passata/purée
  • 2 Tbsp salt-reduced soy sauce
  • ⅓ cup Chinese cooking wine
  • 3 green onions (shallots), trimmed and sliced diagonally


  1. Lightly crack the very large crab claws and set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a large wok over medium-high heat until hot.
  3. Add garlic, ginger and sambal oelek. Stir-fry for 1 minute or until fragrant. Add tomato passata, soy sauce and Chinese cooking wine. Cover and cook for 1-2 minutes until boiling.
  4. Add crab and stir-fry for 2 minutes. Cover and cook for 2 minutes. Repeat covering and stir-frying until crab meat is cooked through and shells turn pink. Toss through green onions and serve.

Recipe from Fish in the Family


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