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Crab Curry Recipe

Updated on April 23, 2014
Soft Shelled Crab Curry
Soft Shelled Crab Curry | Source

Crab Curry

Depending on where you live in the world, crab can be either extremely easy or extremely hard to get. Being lucky enough to live close to the coast, I am able to get fresh seafood often. This lends itself to being able to create many amazing dishes, but one of my favorite is crab curry.

Unfortunately, because curry is such a broad term - even ill-defined in most cases - it is hard to be able to pin down "the best curry recipe" or even a good standardization of materials. However I am including a recipe here that I like, but feel free to play with it and create new recipes from it!

Crab With Shells
Crab With Shells | Source

Curry Spices

Its important to know that when you are buying and using herbs and spices that they have a shelf life. You always want to buy in sealed containers from reputable places that won't be putting any fillers in anything. You also would want to buy whole spices - if you buy ground spices they will go bad (tasteless at least) in a month or two, and you don't know how long ago they were actually ground. Whenever possible try to grind your own spices in either a mortar and pestle, or even an herb and spice grinder which is like a coffee grinder. Believe me, it will make a world of difference in taste and quality.

Simple Crab Curry

Below is the recipe for Simple Crab Curry. Now, this is really simplified for first time curry makers - you can add any spices or vegetables that you want to add with it. Around the page are pictures of different serving suggestions and ingredients that have been put into this, so feel free to experiment and find your favorite recipe.

A Light Crab Curry
A Light Crab Curry | Source
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Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 Cup
Calories 265
Calories from Fat54
% Daily Value *
Fat 6 g9%
Carbohydrates 35 g12%
Fiber 7 g28%
Protein 20 g40%
Cholesterol 48 mg16%
Sodium 713 mg30%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Cook Time

Prep time: 7 min
Cook time: 25 min
Ready in: 32 min
Yields: 4 Servings


  • 1 tbsp coconut powder
  • 1 sprig coriander leaves
  • 1 tbsp coriander powder
  • 4 1/2 cups crab meat
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • pinch garamasala powder
  • 1/2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 4 green chili
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • To taste salt
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp tumeric


  1. Cut the green chili, tomato, and onion and make it into a paste.
  2. To a hot pan add oil, onion paste, turmeric, ginger garlic paste, salt and mix well. Cook until thick.
  3. When thick, add everything but the crab, garamasala, and coriander leaves. After that is mixed well you can add the crab. Cooking for another 5 minutes will get you to the point you can add enough water to make it to the consistency you like - then cover and cook until the meat is done.
  4. Serve and enjoy!
Thai Version of Crab Curry
Thai Version of Crab Curry | Source

The Curious Case of Curry

Of course, because curry is such a broad definition it is hard to understand what it is. For more information about curry - what it is, what the best ways to make it, how to source ingredients, and more - I would point you to Alton Brown's Good Eats Episode The Curious Case Of Curry which I have added below for you. It gives everything you could ever want to know about curry in a fun, intelligent format that is very entertaining.

Happy cooking!


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      Susan 4 years ago from India

      I love eating crab and this recipe sounds interesting. Thanks for sharing.