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Chili Crab (Crab in Sour and Spicy Sauce) Recipe

Chili Crab (Crab in Sour and Spicy Sauce) recipe - This rendition with the eggy, sweet, sour, and spicy sauce is perfect for entertaining guests or simply when you want to have a crab feast.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Malaysian
Keyword Chili Crab
Servings 4 people
Calories 415 kcal


  • 2 - 2.5 lb Dungeness crab
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 3 garlic, minced
  • 1 inch ginger, peeled and minced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Salt to taste
  • 12 steamed buns or mantou

Sour and Spicy Sauce


  1. Clean the crab and cut into 6 pieces, drain the crab and discard the water seeping out of the crab. Pick out the tamale (or mustard) inside the crab shell, set aside. Discard the shell.

  2. Mix all the ingredients in the Sour and Spicy Sauce in a small bowl. Set aside.

  3. Heat up a wok and add the oil. When the oil is heated, add the minced garlic and ginger and stir fry until aromatic or when they turn slightly brown. Add the crab and the tamale into the wok, stirring for about 10 seconds. Add the Sour and Spicy Sauce, stir to blend well with the crab. Cover the wok with its lid and let cook for about 4-5 minutes.

  4. Uncover the wok and slowly add the cornstarch mixture into the sauce. Stir the sauce until it thickens. Add the egg into the sauce and stir a few times so the egg is distributed evenly in the sauce. Cook for another 30 seconds or so, add salt to taste if needed. Dish out and serve immediately with the steaming hot buns.

Recipe Notes

Serve with Chinese steamed buns. Try my recipe!

I strongly recommend Lingham's Hot Sauce for the best result. You can purchase it online or at Asian grocery stores.

If you can't find Lingham's Hot Sauce, you can make this dish with Sriracha but do adjust the quantity according to your taste as Sriracha is very spicy. If you use Sriracha, do add sugar into the sauce.

Nutrition Facts
Chili Crab (Crab in Sour and Spicy Sauce) Recipe
Amount Per Serving (4 people)
Calories 415 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 40mg13%
Sodium 742mg32%
Potassium 106mg3%
Carbohydrates 58g19%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 180IU4%
Vitamin C 13.6mg16%
Calcium 87mg9%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.