• Serves 2
  • 20 minutes
  • Difficulty Easy
  • 13 Ingredients


This Chilli Crab Recipe is quick and easy. It’s especially delicious with freshly caught crabs. Can also be used as a pasta sauce if you remove the meat from the crab shell. Serve with crunchy bread and if you like a little heat, chilli can be added to taste.

Ingredients (serves 2)

  • 4 Blue swimmer crabs ( cleaned and bodies broken in halves)
  • 1 med red capsicum
  • 1 Table spoons Ginger grated
  • 1 med onion chopped
  • 1 lime zest and juice
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1/2 bunch parsley chopped
  • 1 bottle tomato passata
  • splash white wine
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 1 med chilli
  • 1/3 cup olive oil


  1. saute onion in oil until soft
  2. add capsicum,garlic,ginger. cook 1-2 minutes Add crabs, cook ,stirring until they change color then add wine, salt and pepper and chilli.. stir for 1-2 minutes
  3. add passata , cook for 10 minutes Add lime juice,zest and parsley


We had the pleasure of cooking this Chilli Crab Recipe while away on holidays. We cooked outside on a BBQ hotplate and ate it watching the sun setting over the ocean. Be sure to have crab crackers, serviettes and finger bowls handy! Goes well with a crisp white wine.

  • Love chilli, not a big seafood fan tho, so I’ve never had crab before


  • Never cooked crab but bbq option sounds good. Thanks


  • The b.b.q sounds like a fantastic idea,my partner can cook it!!!


  • I like the idea of removing the meat


  • I love cooking crab and your idea of cooking it whilst on holidays sounds amazing.


  • I don’t eat crabs, but look at the colours of your dish. It’s beautiful!!


  • This looks nice and great to share.


  • love crab, but not a fan of the effort it takes to eat them lol! – your recipe sounds great though and I love the idea of using it as a pasta sauce – thank you for sharing


  • What a great looking recipe. Breaking open the crabs to eat them sees a little too much work for me, but I will have to try this recipe out for a special occasion.


  • Just looking at this makes me very hungry. A great recipe is given here. Yum


  • If I had some crab right now this would be the recipe id use thanks for sharing


  • Have pinned this one for when we have access to fresh crabs. Looking forward to trying it out.


  • I gave this a try because my chili crab recipe requires a little more effort and preparation and I liked it. It was easy and tasty with enough heat. I served this with garlic and herb rolls


  • This looks delicious! Chilli and crab sound like a scrumptious combination!

    • Chilli and crab is a tasty and terrific combo – such a treat.


  • Crab is such a delicious and delightful treat.
    Thanks for your mouth watering recipe – super keen to try it out.


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