Singapore Black Pepper Crab

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 20 mins

From the cookbook Spice It - given to me recently as a present by my ex husband! I have developed a real love of crabs and am pretty handy at catching and dispatching of them now days. It's a great way to fill in a few hours: catching, cooking, cleaning and picking or eating them and makes me feel like a real "hunter and gatherer"!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Put kecap manis, oyster sauce, sugar and 3 tablespoons water in a small bowl, stir, then set aside.
  2. Pull back the apron of each crab, remove top shell, then intestines and feathery gills. Rinse quickly.
  3. Cut each crab into quarters and crack the legs gently (I use a meat mallet) so the flavours can enter.
  4. Heat the oil in a very large wok over high heat; add the crab pieces and stir fry in batches until the shell is bright orange and the meat almost cooked (about 5 minutes). Remove and repeat until all is cooked.
  5. Add the butter, ginger, garlic, chilli, black and white peppers and coriander to the wok; stir fry 30 seconds.
  6. Add the sauce mixture and stir; bring to the boil, then simmer 2 minutes.
  7. Return the crab to the wok and toss to coat in the sauce.
  8. Cook a further 2-3 minutes to finish cooking the crab then garnish with the spring onions and coriander leaves.
  9. Serve at once.


Most Helpful

Absolutely and undoubtedly the best black pepper crab recipe EVER! Didn't change anything and will only use this recipe from now on! Disclaimer: this is a review from a Singaporean who is crazy about spicy peppery crabs!

ricreg November 19, 2011

This is great!!! I just made this tonight. I love the spiciness from the black pepper .This is definitely a favourite. I added 1/2 a cup of chicken broth and used 2 teaspoon of black pepper. I think its a bit too sweet for my taste so next time, I will reduce the ketjap manis a little bit. Thanks for sharing this reciope with us!

Morning Biscotti February 25, 2007

Simply amazing!! Just finished cooking this a few minutes ago. For those who prefer this to be less sweet, reduce sugar and the ketjap manis or simply omit sugar and replace the ketjap manis with normal dark soy sauce. Careful with certain brand of oyster sauce that could make your dish a little salty. Luckily mine turn out to be perfect 10/10. Highly recommended!

Jamie H. September 15, 2016

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