Creamy Sauce Butter Crabs

Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 20 mins

I like this method of cooking crabs, it works for prawns too. Yummy stuff for a special occassion that doesn't involve much work. Which is always good. *wink*

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Clean crabs and steam them, then drain well.
  2. Remove the pincers and crack with a pestle.
  3. Trim the legs and cut each crab into four pieces.
  4. Set aside.
  5. Heat margarine in a wok until melted then add the milk.
  6. Gently simmer the mixture over a medium heat.
  7. Add the curry leaves, hot chilli and seasoning.
  8. Simmer for 10–15 minutes.
  9. Add thickening and stir gently over a very low heat until sauce is thick and glossy in texture.
  10. Return crabs to the mixture and cook over a very low heat for about 1 minute.
  11. Dish out the crabs with the curry leaves, chilli padi and a little of the sauce.
  12. Serve immediately.
Most Helpful

This dish (I used prawns) is a 'must have' whenever we go to our favourite chinese restaurant. Now that i tried it, I can't believe that its so easy to make and sooooo cheap compared to what the restaurant charges(actually i feel quite cheated LOL). And i can say this is equally good as any 'restaurant' quality. To all of you out there reading this.... do try it. You will like it. Thanks KitchenManiac for saving me $$$.

Marmee-of-3 October 22, 2007

I've been wanting to know how to make this for the longest time. I never realized how easy it is. I made this with prawns and didn't need the cornstarch to thicken. Only problem I had was that the sauce kept boiling instead of simmering, so I switched to low flame. Very tasty, in fact my mom thinks this is better than the one in our favorite seafood restaurant! Thanks!

Liara August 01, 2005