Three Alarm Chili Crab

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Awake your senses with our Three Alarm Chili Crab. It packs a spicy punch and is guaranteed excite your taste buds!

Let's start cooking!

Separate crab on a chopping board

Step 1 - Separate crab

  • Pull off the top shell in one piece and set aside.
  • Remove and discard the gills and spongy parts under the shell.
  • Twist off the claws and cut body into half.
    Use live crab for a sweeter taste
Boil crab in a pot of hot water

Step 2 - Boil crab

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Immerse the crab and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Drain and cool quickly with cold running water. Set aside.
    Cooling the crab with cold running water prevents the crab from overcooking.
Combine tomato ketchup, sweet chili sauce, fish sauce, coriander stems and vegetable oil

Step 3 - Make sauce

  • In a small bowl, combine tomato ketchup, sweet chili sauce, 2 Tbsp fish sauce, coriander stems and 2 Tbsp vegetable oil until well combined. Set aside.
Stir-fry dried red chili and chili padi in a pan

Step 4 - Stir-fry chilies

  • In a pan on high heat, heat up 2 Tbsp vegetable oil.
  • Stir-fry dried red chili and chili padi for 30 seconds, until fragrant.
Stir-fry crab pieces, minced garlic and sliced ginger in a a pan

Step 5 - Stir-fry crab

  • Add the crab pieces,minced garlic and sliced ginger.
  • Stir-fry for 1 minute.
Remove crab from broth and sauce

Step 6 - Add sauce to crab and remove crab pieces

  • Add chicken broth and sauce.
  • Mix well and cover with lid.
  • Cook for 3 minutes or until the crab is cooked through and the crab shells are bright red.
  • Remove crab pieces from pan and set aside.
Pour egg into pan to form egg ribbons

Step 7 - Make egg ribbons

  • In a small bowl, lightly beat 2 eggs.
  • Gently drizzle in the eggs around the sauce.
  • Do not stir sauce to allow egg ribbons to form.
Add coriander leaves

Step 8 - Add crab pieces back with herbs

  • When the eggs are cooked, add crab pieces back into the pan with 1 sliced spring onion and half of the coriander leaves.
  • Mix well until crabs are nicely glazed with sauce.

Garnish and Serve!

Three alarm chili crab on a plate

Arrange the crab legs and body pieces on a platter. Set the top shell, 1 sliced spring onion, Thai basil leaves and other half of coriander leaves on top as a garnish. Serve hot.

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