Sweet and Sour Pepper Crab (Chinese Style)

In Singapore chilly crab and pepper crab are very popular delicacies and we enjoy them often from local seafood restaurants. Vijoo and I love the flavor of pepper crabs spicy taste but my kids love sweet flavor of chilly crab.In that complicated situation, I decided to make a new recipe at home for both parties and I named it Sweet and Sour Pepper Crab 😉 😀 . It turned out well and the sweet, juicy and spicy recipe goes well with boiled rice and Chinese style vegetable.

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Recipe Type Seafood/main Course/ Chinese Style
Cooking and preparation Time 20 to 30 Minutes
Serve to 2

Ingredients For Sweet and Sour Pepper Crab

Ingredients Quantity Notes
Crab 3 Medium Size (I used Flower Crab) Cleaned
Any Veg Oil/Sesame Oil 2 Tablespoon
Ginger 1 inch root Skinned and Sliced
Garlic 3 Fat cloves Skinned and Sliced
Onion 1 Medium Size Peeled and Diced
Capsicum 1 Small Diced
Tomato 1 Small Diced
Thai Red Chilly/Chilly Paddy 2 Numbers Diced (Refer Notes)
Soya Sauce 2 Tablespoon
Oyster Sauce 1 tablespoon
Chili Sauce (Red) 1 tablespoon
Black Pepper Powder 1 Teaspoon
Black Pepper Powder (Extra) ¼ Teaspoon For garnishing
Chopped Spring onion 1 tablespoon For garnishing
Chopped Coriander leaves 1 Tablespoon for garnishing
Water For Cook Crab approximately ¾ Cup
Salt As per Taste

Method For Sweet and Sour Pepper Crab


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Heat oil in a deep pan or Chinese wok.
Add garlic, ginger and red chilli.Saut 1 minute in a high flame.
Add diced onion, capsicum and tomato,saut next 1 minute.
Lower the flame, add sauces and pepper.Saut and mix well.
Add water and salt (Add salt carefully,soya sauce contains salt flavor). Allow it to boil.
Add cleaned crab pieces, mix and combine well. Make sure the gravy combines well the crab pieces.
Reduce the heat to medium. Cover the wok with a heavy lid and cook until the crab, turns red or done and gravy thickens.
Turn off the heat and garnish with extra pepper, some coriander leaves and spring onions (if you have, for this recipe I didnt use them because it wasnt available in my vegetable basket 😉 🙂 ).
Close and keep aside crab curry for minimum 1 hour for setting.
Reheat the crab; serve with hot boiled rice and Chinese style vegetable.You can serve them with fried rice and noodles too. Enjoy 🙂
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For this recipe I used red thai chilli, it is very spicy and hot. If you dont like too spicy taste, adjust the quantity or use normal green chilli.

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