Crab in Coconut Milk (Alimango Sa Gata)

"With a little touch of creativity and a lot of inspiration from the wonderful memories of my mother’s delicious home-cooked meals, I came up with even better variations of Filipino dishes that I used to enjoy back home. Here is an example."
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  • In a large casserole over high heat, sauté the ginger, onion, garlic and lemon grass in oil.
  • Add the crab, season with salt, pepper and vinegar. Cover and cook for 5 minutes or until it changes colour.
  • Remove crab and cut in 4 equal pieces, put it back in the casserole, then pour the coconut milk, stir constantly, then add the oyster sauce and curry powder. Do not cover. Shake the casserole occasionally to distribute the seasoning evenly as well as to avoid the curdling of the coconut milk. Let it cook for about 15-20 minutes.
  • Add the bell pepper, carrots, celery, and broccoli, cook for 5 minutes or until crisp.
  • Adjust the seasoning if necessary.
  • Serve with steamed rice.

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  1. My husband made this for dinner tonight, and it was awesome. He couldn't find a dungeness crab and used blue crabs instead, which worked fine. Plus, he included as much of the crab guts and juices in with the sauce as he could, and it ended up being delicious. The curry and coconut flavors complemented the crab beautifully. We'll definitely be making this again.


I live in Victoria, British Columbia. I am happily married to the most wonderful guy on earth:) Aside from being a wanna be chef, I am also a wanna be children's book author, and a famous crooner in the shower aside from being a frustrated painter/illustrator and a real trying hard golfer. I love experimenting with different dishes from countries all over the world. I am constantly experimenting with new recipes and different types of fresh herbs and spices. I collect cookbooks and magazines. Most of the recipes I've posted and I will be posting are from the different magazines such as Bon Appetite, Chatelaine, Cucina, Hello, Home Maker and Gourmet. I will also try to post recipes that I've grown up with as well as those that came from family and friends.
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