Black Pepper Crab

Black pepper crab recipe - The Cooks Pantry


Courtney Roulston


  • 2 large fresh whole blue swimmer crabs
  • ½ cup Cobram Estate Light Extra Virgin Olive Oil for frying
  • 1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns, crushed
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely sliced
  • 1 long red chilli, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons Lee Kum Kee Premium Soy Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Lee Kum Kee Oyster Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon caster sugar
  • 50g Ballantyne Wrapped Traditional Salted Butter, sliced into rounds
  • 200ml water
  • 3 green spring onions, sliced
  • ¼ bunch coriander, leaves picked


  • To prepare the crabs, remove the upper shell from the base of the crab, then remove the gills and the mustard form the body. Wash the shell clean, then cut into 4 pieces with legs and body attached to each piece.
  • Heat a wok or frying pan on a high heat. Add the oil and crab and cook for 2-3 minutes, turning occasionally.
  • Remove the crab from the pan, draining out most of the oil, then return the pan to the heat.
  • Add the peppercorns, garlic, and chilli to the pan and cook for 1 minute, or until fragrant. Add the soy, oyster sauce, sugar, butter and water, and return the crabs to the pan. Bring up to a boil, then simmer for 5 minutes, or until the sauce thickens and coats the outside of the crab shells.
  • Toss through the shallots and arrange crab onto a serving plate. Scatter over coriander and serve.

*Can be served with lime wedges, steamed rice or wok tossed noodles!

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