You can substitute the mud crabs with; blue swimmer crabs, marrons, Moreton bay or Balmain bugs, prawns, lobster.

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  • 2 Mud Crab

  • 3 tablespoons Oil

  • 4 chopped Garlic Cloves

  • 2 chopped banana Chilli's

  • 2 tablespoons julienne Ginger

  • 0.5 cup tomato sauce

  • 0.25 cup linghams chilli sauce or Sweet Chilli Sauce

  • 0.5 cup Water

  • 3 tablespoons Hoisin sauce

  • 0.5 cup chopped green onion

  • 0.5 cup mixed Vietnamese mint leaves and coriander leaf

  • 1 tablespoon chopped Coriander root

  • 1 tablespoon Fish sauce

  • 3 teaspoons Sugar

  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

  • 30 Cherry Tomatoes cut in half


  • 1.

    Freeze the crabs until they are killed

  • 2.

    Cut into segments

  • 3.

    Crack the claws

  • 4.

    Heat oil in a wok

  • 5.

    Add garlic, chilli, ginger & coriander root and cook until fragrant

  • 6.

    Add the crabs and toss

  • 7.

    Add tomato sauce, chilli sauce, water, hoi sin sauce, fish sauce, sugar and salt.

  • 8.

    Stir to combine the ingredients, bring to the boil.

  • 9.

    Cover and allow to simmer/steam for about 10 minutes

  • 10.

    Add in the green onions, cherry tomatoes and herbs and serve with Jasmine rice, and crab pickers and bibs


Delicious seafood recipes as cooked by Peter Evans at the 2006 Darwin Seafood Festival

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Posted by Jay202Report
tomato sauce, hoisin, chilli sauce in huge quantities. Enough sugar to give half the country diabetes then you need to add more sugar? Really? If you like this recipe, your taste buds reside up your backside. I've had things come out my backside that would be tastier. why would you ruin crab like that? I mean how did this guys get famous?fu@king ketchup on crab? Are you fu@king kidding me? why do I have to give this one star? atrocious. two thumbs down and i wish I had more thumbs
Posted by Janice362Report
Trying this one out today Australia Day....will keep you posted....
Posted by John1044Report
Unbelievable! Just wonderful! A really easy, sensational chilli crab recipe!
Posted by Report
OMG! This is without doubt the tastiest chilli crab ever. No mud crabs in Denmark (WA) so used 8 blue manner. Thank you so much Pete will be doing it all over again this weekend for a crowd of 12...can't wait!!
Posted by Report
this is also awesome with fish!!
Posted by Nick289Report
Bloody great!!! Have this alot up here in F.N.Q! just wanted to say for a touch of sweetness throw in a big beautiful ripe Mango it takes this to a 5/5 rating!!!
Posted by ClaclaReport
That's amazing! It's easy to make.For sure I will make this many times.
Posted by Kirrily10Report
This recipe is sensational, my dad and I love crab so he cooked it for Christmas lunch and I couldn't get enough! My favourite crab recipe :)
Posted by Sharon411Report
Delicious recipe, however I left out the salt and found it tasty enough without it.
Posted by Marg26Report
This recipe looks amazing and I cannot wait to try it out. Thanks Pete