Sweet Chilli Mud Crabs


  • 4 cooked mud crabs
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp. finely chopped fresh ginger
  • 1 small fresh red chilli, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup oyster sauce
  • ¼ cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 tbsp. sweet ground bean sauce
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 tsp. cornflour
  • ¼ cup water, extra


  1. Remove shell from crab and remove feathers and quickly rinse away any muck.
  2. Cut crabs in half and crack nippers with nutcracker or mallet.
  3. Heat oils in large frying pan or wok, add garlic, ginger and chilli, stir-fry until garlic is lightly brown.
  4. Add crab in 2 batches, stir-fry for 3 minutes; drain.
  5. Return all the crabs to the pan, add combined sauce and water; mix well.
  6. Cover, cook for 3 minutes.
  7. Blend cornflour with extra water, add to the pan, stir constantly over high heat until mixture boils and thickens.

Serves 4.

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