How to make deep-fried Filipino crablets: the best crispy crab recipe

by Joost Nusselder | Updated:  May 10, 2022

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Are you looking for a perfect appetizer for cocktail parties? Then this crispy crablet recipe is just what you need!

It’s easy to prepare and cooks fast. The crablets are usually sold along riverbanks in the Philippines.

This is better than using frozen crablets. The freshly caught crablets do have some fishy and unpleasant odors.

But if you happen to purchase frozen crablets and find their scent is a little off, you can squeeze in some lemon juice or dry sherry to eliminate the fishy smell.
Filipino Crispy Crablets Recipe
To ensure that your crablets are crispy, coat them in cornstarch that’s seasoned with salt, pepper, and paprika powder. The cornstarch makes the crablets crunchy and crispy when deep-fried, unlike flour, which makes the crablets a bit soggy.

What’s great is this crispy crab recipe is a fantastic beer match (pulutan)!

Crispy crablet preparation

Crispy crablets are also best paired with and dipped in a variety of sauces and dippings. The most popular dip for this crispy crablets recipe is the vinegar-chili dip.

This is made by mixing quality vinegar, salt, black peppercorns, minced garlic, chopped onions, and sliced bird’s eye chili.

Another dipping sauce that you can pair with crispy crablets is an aioli sauce also known as the mayonnaise-garlic sauce. You can make this by mixing a cup of mayonnaise with 2 tablespoons of minced garlic, a teaspoon of Dijon mustard, and a dash of Worcestershire sauce.

You can also serve this crispy crablet recipe with celery sticks, carrots, and turnips.

Also check out this great rellenong alimango stuffed crab recipe
Crispy Crablets Recipe

Filipino Crispy Crablets Recipe

Filipino crispy crablets recipe

Joost Nusselder
This crispy crablets recipe is a perfect appetizer for cocktail parties. It's easy to prepare and cooks fast. The crablets are usually sold along riverbanks in the Philippines, which is better than the frozen crablets.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Filipino
Servings 4 people
Calories 1672 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 lbs crablets cleaned
  • 4 tbsp gin or sherry (optional)
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • ½ tbsp salt
  • 2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 3 cups cooking oil

Instructions
 

  • Place the crablets in a bowl then pour in gin or sherry. Mix gently.
  • Sprinkle salt and ground black pepper, then mix well.
  • Heat a frying pan or cooking pot and pour in cooking oil.
  • Dredge the crablets in cornstarch, then fry until the texture becomes crispy.
  • Remove from the pan and place on a plate lined with paper towels.
  • Once excess oil drips off completely, arrange on a serving plate and serve with spicy vinegar dip.
  • Share and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 1672kcal
Keyword Crabs
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Crispy Crablets with sauce
As with any appetizer, you can mix and match the spices that you can add to the coating mix. I suggest you try adding some turmeric powder to the cornstarch. This will also add a yellowish-orange hue to the crablets.

This is best eaten right after it is cooked. Your guest will surely love this crispy crablet recipe!

Also check out these large ginataang alimasag crabs in coconut milk

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