There are two easy and popular ways of cooking crabs in the Philippines. We either steam them or cook them with a little oil. Anyway, both are good :pump-:) It is just as simple as that, pero masarap!
Remembering my late nanay, one of her favorite. She used to buy it every 4 to 5 pm in Pantaleon street during that time in Mandaluyong at my younger age (high school days). When the “manlalako” came from Navotas with fresh items to sale. Two kilos for us only 3 people!…hahahaha…nanay loves it very much, she could finished a kilo of it alone.
* about 1kg crabs (Alimasag)
* some water
* some salt
* some olive oil
FOR DUNKING SAUCE:
* some soy sauce
* some vinegar
* finely chopped garlic
* finely chopped onion
* chilli pepper (optional for those who wants it hot!)
* some sugar
1.) To steam the crabs, place the crabs in a wide skillet or work then pour the water over them and add some salt. Set over high heat and bring to a boil. Lower the heat let the steam finish cooking the crabs. They should be fully cooked in about 6-7 minutes.
2.) Alternatively, heat 3 tablespoons of cooking oil in a large skillet. When smoking, add the whole crabs and sprinkle with a tablespoonful of rock salt. Cook over high heat for about 7-8 minutes, tossing the crabs often.
3.) Serve the crabs with a dunking sauce made with vinegar, soy sauce, chopped garlic and onions, chili pepper (optional for those who don’nt want it hot) and sugar. ENJOY your crabs!