Chinese Steamed Crabs recipe

This is a lovely simple dish, full of flavour, and dead easy to make. Serve with a plate of rice noodles. Have a look in your local Asian food store for the ingredients or order them online from a number of retailers. Your supermarket may stock them, just have a look around.


  • 1kg crabs
  • 3 ½ tbsp. Chinese black vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. finely chopped fresh ginger
  • 1 ½ tbsp. dark soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. Chinese rice wine
  • 1 tbsp. sesame oil
  • Pinch of sugar to taste
  • Pinch of salt to taste


  1. Steam the crabs for 15 to 20 minutes or until they are fully cooked.

  2. Heat the sesame oil over a low heat for 15 seconds, and then add the soy sauce, rice wine, sugar and salt and heat for another 15 seconds.

  3. Add the ginger and stir, then pour into a bowl.

  4. Pour the Chinese vinegar into a separate bowl, and then serve with the crabs. You could pull the crab meat from the shell and pour the sauces over the crab to serve.

Recipe Details:

  • Author: Laura Young.
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