Courtney & Scott McRae


2 – 4 people


  • 1 x 1.3kg live mud crab (killed humanely), washed and quartered
  • ½ cup Cobram Estate light EVOO for frying
  • 1 heaped teaspoon whole black peppercorns, crushed
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely sliced
  • ¼ bunch coriander, stems chopped, leaves picked
  • 1 long green chilli, chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons LKK oyster sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon caster sugar
  • 20g Lurpak unsalted butter, sliced into cubes
  • ½ cup (125ml)water
  • 1 heaped teaspoon corn flour
  • 2 green shallots/scallions, sliced into 5cm batons
  • 1 lime to serve



  • To prepare the crabs, remove the upper shell from the base of the crab, then remove the gills and the mustard from the body. Wash the shells clean, then cut each crab into 4 pieces with legs and body attached to each piece.
  • Heat a wok or frying pan over a high heat. Add the oil and crab and cook for 3-4 minutes, turning occasionally until partially cooked.
  • Remove the crab from the pan, draining out most of the oil, then return the pan back on the heat. Add in the peppercorns, garlic, coriander stems and chilli to the and cook for 1 minute, or until fragrant. Add in the soy, oyster sauce, sesame oil, sugar, butter and return the crabs to the pan. Mix the corn flour and water together and pour over the crabs. Cook, tossing for 6-7 minutes, or until the sauce thickens and the crabs have changed colour and are just cooked through.
  • Toss through the shallots and arrange crab onto a serving plate. Scatter over coriander and serve with lime wedges.

Our friends at Wine Selectors recommend pairing this dish with a Riesling or Chenin Blanc

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