Tamarind Crab

Recipe courtesy Luke Nguyen
Show: Luke Nguyen's Greater Mekong Episode: Kep & Chau Doc, Cambodia
TOTAL TIME: 30 min
Prep: 20 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 10 min
YIELD: 2 servings
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

TAMARIND SAUCE:
  • 1/2 cup tamarind water
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
CRAB:
  • 1 tablespoon black or Kampot peppercorns
  • 2 medium blue swimmer crabs, cleaned and quartered
  • 1 handful fresh Khmer basil or Thai basil, plus more for garnish, optional
  • 1 long red chile, finely sliced, plus more for garnish, optional
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Directions

For the sauce: Mix together the tamarind water, fish sauce, sugar and sea salt in a bowl.

For the crab: Heat a wok over high heat. Add the oil, garlic, shallots and onions and stir-fry until fragrant, 30 seconds. Add the peppercorns and crabs and toss for 7 minutes. Stir in the tamarind sauce and cook until the crab is cooked through, about 1 minute more.

Add the basil and chiles, toss once more, and serve garnished with more basil and chiles if desired.

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