Chilli Crab

The other day my hubby and the kids went to Dawesville for two days.  I had to stay home because of work commitment.  When they back home they brought me lots a  crab! Chilli crab for dinner then 🙂  Some of the crab we use it for the salad.  This recipe is very easy and basic.  I’m sure there are lots of crab recipes, but my family love this one as it’s pretty simple, quick, and the result is delicious.


  • 5 fresh blue swimmer crabs
  • 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 big onion, chopped
  • 1/3 cup chopped basil
  • 2 tins of crushed tomato with basil & oregano ( fresh tomatoes etc could be used here)
  • 140g tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon chilli powder (or more if you’d like it very spicy)
  • 1 cup of boiling water
  • salt + pepper to taste


Clean the Crabs:

Turn the crab upside down and get your finger under the tail. Peel the tail up and continue to rip the top shell off the crab. Clean out all the gills and guts and stuff. Break the crab down the middle. Lightly rinse any yellow crap off. (input here from the Hubby)


Chop garlic and onion.  Fry garlic and onion with a bit of oil for 2 minutes or til tender.  T hen add crushed tomato, tomato paste, chilli powder, crabs, basil, boiling water, put the lid on, and cook until the crab tender. But be careful don’t over cook it, maximum simmering for 5 min.  Serve with crusty bread.

‘Tis the season don’t be crabby!

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