Followed my mom on her monthly pilgrimage to Tekka market, and saw some energetic Sri Lankan mud crabs, clawing and kicking their way around.
Think it must be crab season as many of the seafood stalls were showcasing plenty of crabs too.
Decided to go for the live mud crabs though, I mean, you’re at a market, might as well get the freshest produce you can.
The mud crabs were going for around $54 for 1kg, we bought 2 medium sized ones for just under $20 and what a meal we made out of them!
Debating between simply boiled, buttered, chilli crab or pepper crab, we decided the easiest would be a wok-fried pepper with garlic and spring onions version. It was a Wednesday night, it was impromptu, we had all ingredients on hand and didn’t want any additional fuss.
I had also picked up some lovely large prawns at the market, and we wanted to “bulk” up our seafood fiesta, so added some prawns into the recipe, but this is optional, of course.
So here’s the easy Wok-fried Garlic Pepper Crab recipe!
Ingredients for Wok-fried Garlic Pepper Crab:
- 2 medium-sized mud crabs, cut and cleaned.
- 8 Large prawns (optional)
- 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
- 5 cloves of Garlic, chopped
- Couple of stems of spring onion, both the light and dark coloured bits sliced up. *Scallions are more commonly used but I didn’t have any with me.
- Coarse Ground Pepper
- Coriander Leaves (garnish)
Method for Wok-fried Garlic Pepper Crab:
1.Heat oil in wok. Add 1 Tsp Salt and 1 Tbsp Pepper.
2. Add the crab, fry a bit and cover and cook for about 5 minutes.
3. Add prawns (if using) and garlic, fry a bit, then cover and cook for another 3 minutes. At this stage, I added another ½ Tsp Salt and 1 Tsp more of Pepper. But you can add to your taste, if you prefer less salt, more pepper etc.
4. Top off with scallions, mix around for about 1 minute. By this time, the crabs and prawns should be cooked and turned red completely. If not, just keep stir-frying till they are all red. These crabs and prawns don’t need much time at all.
5. Plate up, garnish with coriander leaves, pour over the garlic oil and dig in!