Black Pepper Crab Recipe

Black Pepper Crab recipe - It’s over-the-top delicious and as good as (if not better than) what you get from restaurants. A must-try.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Malaysian
Keyword Black Pepper Crab
Servings 1 people
Calories 308 kcal


  • 3 fresh mud crabs, about 1 lb each
  • Oil for deep frying
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, very finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon salted soya beans, mashed
  • 2 tablespoons dried prawns, roasted and ground
  • 2 tablespoons black pepper, ground coarsely
  • 1/2 cup curry leaves
  • 10 red or green bird's-eye chilies, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons black soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce


  1. Clean the crabs and cut in half, discarding the spongy "dead man's fingers." Smash the claws with a cleaver to allow the seasonings in. Deep fry the crab until half-cooked, drain and set aside.
  2. Heat a wok, melt butter and put in shallots, garlic, salted soy beans, dried prawns, black pepper, curry leaves and chilies. Saute till fragrant, then add crab and the remaining ingredients. Cook for 5-10 minutes until the crab is done.

Recipe Notes

I used stone crab for this recipe because I just love the big, juicy, and succulent claws of stone crabs, and this back pepper crab recipe is perfect for those claws!

Nutrition Facts
Black Pepper Crab Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 308 Calories from Fat 279
% Daily Value*
Fat 31g48%
Saturated Fat 15g94%
Cholesterol 686mg229%
Sodium 5725mg249%
Potassium 2312mg66%
Carbohydrates 68g23%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 43g48%
Protein 118g236%
Vitamin A 1560IU31%
Vitamin C 105.8mg128%
Calcium 452mg45%
Iron 7.7mg43%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.