As a unique consequence of living on a small tropical island, we are all well-acquainted to various kinds of seafood ingredients and delicacies. One particular Singaporean favourite is the crab. Not an everyday ingredient, crabs are eaten during special occasions at restaurants or family gatherings. While a variety of uniquely Singaporean crab dishes were pioneered and made famous by great seafood restaurants, they are just as delicious when prepared at home. Here are some of the more common crab dishes that you can try cooking!
Singapore Crab Recipes 1:Cold Crab
The cold crab appears to be a very simple dish. Just obtain a large mud crab, steam it, and chill it in the refrigerator before serving it with a saucer of ginger and vinegar. Its simplicity makes it the perfect candidate for cooking at home! Nonetheless, there are a few things to note when preparing this tasty and refreshing dish.
Firstly, wash the crab and make sure it is clean – an old toothbrush is very useful for this purpose!
Secondly, put the crab to sleep by placing it in the freezer for around 15 minutes. This stuns the crab without using any violence, and is a relatively less cruel method than the “traditional” way of stabbing its tummy.
Thirdly, marinate the crab with Shao Sing Wine or DOM. This enhances its taste.
Fourthly, put it in the steamer and steam for about 25 minutes. Collect the jus that comes out and use it as a complement to other dishes!
Next, take out the steamy crab and plunge it into a bath of cold water for about 10 to 15 seconds. Water re-enters the crab, replaces some of the lost moisture, and prevents residual heat from over-cooking the crab.
Lastly, place the crab into the fridge to chill.
They say practice makes perfect, and it may take a few attempts to reach the ideal texture. However, with such a simple method of cooking, you can definitely be sure that your guests will get to enjoy tasty crabs anyway!
Singapore Crab Recipes 2: Black Pepper Crab
Less famous but equally loved as its cousin, the Chili Crab, the Black Pepper Crab is a lighter and spicier dish that delights diners with a robust flavour and succulent texture. Commonly ordered at tze char restaurants, not many Singaporeans realise that the dish is extremely easy to make at home. Simply stir-fry cleaned and chopped up crab pieces (minus the top-shell) before adding your favourite black pepper seasoning, onions, and starch. In fact, with our Prima Taste Premium Black Pepper Sauce pack, all that’s left to do is to buy some crabs, heat up the stove, and chop some onions! Click here for the full recipe.
Singapore Crab Recipes 3: Salted Egg Crab
This dish has surged in popularity in recent years, with diners going gaga over salted-egg everything. From pork to sotong to crabs – everyone loves this creamy and tasty sauce. Similar to how you would prepare a black pepper crab, simply stir-fry the chopped-up crab pieces, and add aroma to the dish with curry leaves, garlic, and butter. Add in 2 chopped salted egg yolks, evaporated milk, and chicken stock and stir-fry until you achieve a creamy consistency. Just to add in a finishing touch, pour in some Shao Sing Wine or DOM. Yummy! Here’s a wonderful recipe you can try at home.
Singapore Crab Recipes 4: Chili Crab
The undisputed Champion. The King of Singapore cuisine. The flag-bearer of our national identity. This ubiquitous restaurant dish originated in the 1950s from a roadside pushcart and an improvised recipe. Today, it is the pre-eminent Singapore Crab Dish, adored by seafood lovers worldwide. Sounds appetising yet? Then why not have it for dinner tonight? With the Prima Taste Ready-to-Cook Chili Crab Sauce Kit, anyone can prepare chili crabs at home! Simply stir-fry the crab in peanut oil, stew it in the sauce mix, and thicken it up with the starchy pre-mix before topping it with 2 beaten eggs. Sounds almost too simple? Try it today to find out! Click here to view the full recipe.
Home-cooked meals are the best, especially when it comes to crabs! No more having to politely crack open those pesky shells in public. No need to fear that a stray dollop of delicious gravy will destroy your shirt. Pick up a few of these recipes, and you and your guests will be enjoying crabs at home in no time – legs up on the chair and slurping up the delicious meat without a care in the world!