This delicious chilli mud crab is the ultimate Aussie seafood dish. Perfect for your Christmas table or just a hot summer's night, you won't be disappointed!


  • 4 mud crabs

  • 6 tablespoons oil

  • 8 cloves of garlic, chopped

  • 4 banana chillies, chopped

  • 4 tablespoon ginger, julienned

  • 2 tablespoon coriander root, chopped

  • 1 cup tomato sauce

  • ½ cup sweet chilli sauce or Linghams chilli sauce

  • 1 ½ cups water or chicken stock

  • 6 tablespoons hoi sin sauce

  • 2 tablespoon fish sauce

  • 1 - 2 tablespoons sugar

  • 2 teaspoon sea salt

  • 30 cherry tomatoes, cut in half

  • 1 cup green spring onion, chopped

  • 1 cup mixed Vietnamese mint leaves, coriander leaves and normal mint leaves


  • 1.

    Freeze the crabs until they are killed. Remove the top head shell and discard, then emove the gills (or dead mans fingers as they are also known).  Clean out any excess muck (rinse very lightly and quickly).

  • 2.

    Cut in half lengthways, then cut into 3 on each side using a cleaver.  Crack the claws with the back of a knife or cleaver just so they open a bit to let the sauce in.

  • 3.

    Heat oil in a wok.  Add garlic, chilli, ginger and coriander root and cook until fragrant.  Add the crabs and toss for 1 minute.

  • 4.

    Add tomato sauce, chilli sauce, water, hoi sin sauce, fish sauce, sugar and salt. Stir to combine the ingredients, bring to the boil.

  • 5.

    Cover and allow to simmer/steam for about 10 minutes.

  • 6.

    Add in the green onions, cherry tomatoes and herbs.

  • 7.

    Serve immediately with steamed jasmine rice - and don't forget the crab crackers, crab pickers, finger bowls and bibs!

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Posted by Report
Too die for!!! And Peter Evans ain't too bad either ;-)
Posted by Report
It was one word 'Awesome'!!!!
Posted by Lisa839Report
Served this dish to my friends and they declared it better than any Chilli Mud crab they had in a restaurant. Success!
Posted by Sharon411Report
There is just something about that sauce which is yummm. I made double the sauce for the crab added in the recipe and used it as a seafood sauce on crab sandwiches next day. Will be keeping this one for future use definitely..