How to Cook Singapore Chilli Crab

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Singapore Chilli Crab Recipe


  • 1 kg crab, cleaned and halved
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup tapioca starch
  • 1 brown onion, minced
  • 10 cloves garlic, minced
  • 5 large chillies, minced
  • 4 slices ginger
  • 2 Tbsps ketchup
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • ½ Tbsp chicken powder
  • Dash of soya sauce (optional)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 Tbsp tapioca starch + 2 Tbsps water
  • 1 egg
  • Oil for deep-frying


  1. Heat oil for deep-frying.
  2. Coat crab pieces in egg wash followed by tapioca starch
  3. Fry in oil for 3 minutes, then remove and drain.
  4. Heat pan and add onion, garlic, chillies and ginger.
  5. Fry for a minute, then add about 3-4 Tbsps oil. Saute for 5-10 minutes or until oil separates.
  6. Add ketchup, sugar, lemon juice, chicken powder and 2 cups water and bring to a simmer.
  7. Add crab, cover and cook a further 5 minutes.
  8. Adjust seasoning and add dash of soya sauce if required.
  9. Thicken with tapioca starch & water mixture.
  10. Turn off the heat, remove crab pieces with slotted spoon, then add egg in sauce and swirl to create a runny egg sauce texture.
  11. Pour sauce over crab and serve.


Singapore chilli crab


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