Creamy Salted Egg Crab /咸蛋奶油螃蟹/クリーミー塩卵蟹 - Y3K Recipes 70


This is something similar to creamy version of Butter Prawn but used salted egg yolks instead of normal egg yolks. Both T and I loved Salted Egg Crab we had at a local seafood restaurant very much; hence I decided to recreate the taste at home. Dish I created tasted similar to restaurant version and creamier as we preferred.

It was my second attempt, first attempt I cooked with a few large prawns and T kept asking for extra sauce. This round I made extra sauce just in case, guess what, T had it with spaghetti and it was simply delish! An idea is borned - Creamy Salted Egg Pasta.

Salted Egg Crab

To me, cooking crab is easy but choosing crabs. I always rely on the seller to choose for me and pray hard that they would not cheat me. Can you share with me on how to choose a fresh and "meaty" crab? Okay, I do know how to distinguish male and female crabs.

Creamy Salted Egg Crab / 咸蛋奶油螃蟹 / クリーミー塩卵蟹

Ingredients (2-3 servings):
2 large mud crabs
Oil for deep-frying
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp butter
1 prig curry leaf
2 salted egg yolks (raw), chopped
½ cup evaporated milk
1 tsp Shaoxing wine
Pinch of dashi or chicken powder
Pinch of salt


  1. Clean and chop the crab into serving size then pat dry with paper towel. Must dry very well or else the oil will be splattering.
  2. Heat oil in wok, add in the crab and fry until the colour turned red. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
  3. Remove all the oil from the wok. Add in the butter, garlic and curry leaves, stir-fry on low heat until aromatic then add in the salted egg yolk.
  4. Stir-fry until salted egg yolk is cooked, add in the evaporated milk, chicken powder and salt to taste.
  5. Return the fried crab into the wok and stir to coat crab with the sauce. Add in Shaoxing wine, put the lid on and cook with low heat for one to two minutes. If the sauce has reduced too much, add in some more fresh milk.
  6. Transfer to a serving plate, garnish and serve warm.

Cook's Notes:

  1. Toothbrush is a very good tool for cleaning and scrubbing the crab.
  2. If desired, coat crab with corn flour briefly before frying.

This recipe is featured in Y3K Recipes issue no. 70, together with Fried Calamari Rings, Sweet And Sout Cucumber, and Bang Bang Ji (Shredded Chicken) recipes.


  1. Hello there,
    Thank you for sharing the recipe. I think most restaurants steam the crab instead of deep fried. I will certainly try this recipe and let you know the results.
    Cheers, Sim

    1. I think most restaurant coat with flour and fry

  2. Hi Sim,
    Thanks for dropped by and sharing.
    I am sure you can steam the crab instead of deep-fry. I prefer deep-fried version as it locked the moist in and brings out more flavours.
    Hear from you soon.

  3. I would love to try cooking crab this way...It looks delicious...mmmmmm sinfully rich with the salted egg yolk but yummy no doubt. Have bookmarked this :) TQ for sharing the recipe :)

  4. Hi Lydia,
    You can go to to have a look. Under, she showed how to distingish between male and female crabs.

  5. My family and I love to order this dish whenever we go to seafood restaurant, thks for sharing the recipe ^_^

  6. I would love to make this dish, but what is salted egg yolk??

  7. i love crabs and this looks so delicious..thanks for sharing the recipe

  8. Hi i found ur blog thru taste spotting...
    wanted to knw what is salted egg york? where can i find it?

  9. Eleana & Su,

    Salted eggs are made with duck eggs by soaking (curing) them in brine (salt water) together with some herbs for 3-4 weeks. Well, you can get it in any Asian grocery store (whole egg) then separated the egg yolk and egg white like normal eggs. Fyi, raw salted egg yolk is solidify so pertty easy to separate it.


  10. wow this crab dish looks heaven!can't wait to try this at home!my family will surelly love it!

  11. cant wait to lookfor crabs today.. I'm craving for crabs with salted egg and I saw ur recipe..hmmm. I'm sure gonna love this..
    Thanks a bunch!!


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