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curry crab recipe

Curry Crab with dumplings

Tackle this dish once and you will have it again and again. Its that first time "oh what to do with a live crab" that stands in the way of an awesome tasty dish
Prep Time 1 d
Cook Time 1 hr
Course Main Course
Cuisine Caribbean
Servings 4
Calories 250 kcal



  • 4 medium live crabs Its not nice to kill crab, we put ours in freezer for about an 30/60 minutes to dull their senses. Take off the top shell with a knife and split the crabs in two and clean everything soft away until your left with two halves. Crack theĀ  large claws (called gundies in Trinidad) with a rock or pestle.
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • salt and black pepper and teaspoon of curry powder
  • 1 bunch coriander chopped
  • 1 tomato chopped
  • 1 inch fresh ginger chopped
  • 1 Onion chopped
  • 1 sprig Thyme
  • 1 hot pepper chopped


  • 1 tbsp curry powder mixed to a paste with water
  • 1 cup lager beer
  • 3/4 cups half and half coconut milk and water
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt


  • 1 lb flour plain
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • water to mix to a dough


Crab Curry

  • After a time for the seasoning to get into the meat (at least 2 hours but can be overnight).
    Heat oil in a pot and add 1 tbsp. curry powder mixed to a paste with water. Let cook down a little to gain fragrance and then add the crab and stir gently. After about 5 minutes add a cup of Heineken or similar lager, water and coconut milk. About maybe a pint or so all together, enough to cover. Add 1-2 teaspoon of sugar. Turn down heat and simmer for twenty minutes, uncover and reduce at high heat until gravy thickens, also add a bit more coriander chopped.


  • While the crab is cooking take a pound of plain flour and add 1 tsp salt and 1 tsp sugar, mix with water to form a firm dough. roll to a cylinder about 1-5 inches and slice into pieces to make about 10-12 dumplings. Add to boiling salted water and boil for 20 minutes then drain.


Put dumplings on plate and spoon crab over. This is a messy but satisfying meal where the real taste is in the dumplings and gravy and any crab you can suck is a bonus really.
Keyword caribbean crab, curry crab, curry crab and dumpling