Preparation info

  • Serve

    4 to 6

    unless otherwise stated.
    • Difficulty


Appears in

Two Fat Ladies Obsessions

Two Fat Ladies Obsessions

By Jennifer Paterson and Clarissa Dickson Wright

Published 1999

  • About

This recipe comes from Sri Owen’s Indonesian Regional Cookery. For us in Britain, it is a slightly unusual way to cook crab, but I find it delicious, and it totally justifies the work involved.


  • 2 crabs, 1 lb each, live or cooked
  • ¼ cup peanut or


Rinse live crabs well before plunging them into boiling water and leaving them to simmer for 18-20 minutes. If you are using crabs that are already cooked but still unopened, plunge them into boiling water and simmer for only 5 minutes. Take them out of the water and leave to cool on a tray.

In a wok or heavy pan, heat the oil and Stir-fry the shallots or onion for 3 minutes. Transfer t