Lemongrass and Ginger Crab with Coconut Rice

Lori Lumley


This crab recipe has some unique and savory flavors. Garlic/ginger paste, Crab paste, Fish sauce, and Oyster sauce can be found either in Asian specialty markets or Specialty areas in most grocery stores. We have a lemongrass plant in our yard, but it you don't, you can purchase stalks fresh or dried in most grocery stores. I used 2 small, whole Dungeness Crabs, previously steamed and frozen, but if you can get fresh, even better. You could also cut the crabs into smaller pieces for appetizer servings.


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20 Min
20 Min


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  • 2 small
    dungeness crabs, either whole or cracked into halves
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 1 small
    shallot, minced
  • 3 Tbsp
    garlic/ginger paste
  • 1 bunch
  • 1 stalk(s)
    lemongrass, finely minced(lower 1/3 only)
  • 2-4 Tbsp
  • 2 Tbsp
    peanut oil

  • 2 Tbsp
    crab paste
  • 1 Tbsp
    fish sauce
  • 1 Tbsp
    oyster sauce
  • 2 tsp
    freshly grated ginger
  • 1 Tbsp
    honey or agave syrup
  • 2 tsp
    sesame oil

  • 2 c
    white basmati rice
  • 1 can(s)
    coconut milk, unsweetened
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1 c

How to Make Lemongrass and Ginger Crab with Coconut Rice


  1. Prepare the sauce by mixing crab paste, fish and oyster sauces, ginger, honey or agave, and sesame oil and set aside.
  2. Dust crabs with cornstarch. Heat peanut oil in a wok over medium high heat. Sautee shallot until translucent, about 60 seconds. Add in lemongrass and sauté another 60 seconds. Stir in garlic/ginger paste and prepared sauce, mixing well. Add crabs and coat with sauce. Cover and cook 5 minutes. Add water and scallions, cover and cook another 5-10 minutes. Stir frequently to prevent sauce from scorching. Serve immediately with Coconut Rice.
  3. For Coconut Rice: Place all ingredients into a saucepan. Cover and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until rice is tender.

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About Lemongrass and Ginger Crab with Coconut Rice

Course/Dish: Seafood
Main Ingredient: Seafood
Regional Style: Asian
Dietary Needs: Gluten-Free, Dairy Free, Wheat Free

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