Secret recipe for tasteful sweet and sour tamarind crab

The flavorful sweet and sour tamarind crab is the favorite choice of many Vietnamese foodies. As a foreigner, the nutritious dish is a not-to-be-missed food for a better understanding of Vietnamese cuisine.

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secret recipe for tasteful sweet and sour tamarind crab
The sweet and sour tamarind crab looks mouth-watering (Photo: Cooky)

It’s easy to make a yummy sweet and sour tamarind crab dish at home. Follow this recipe for a closer insight.

Ingredients

1 fresh sea crab

100gr sour tamarind

1 onion

1 teaspoonful of flour or cornstarch

Lettuce, scallions, garlic

Sugar, salt, pepper, chili, fish sauce

secret recipe for tasteful sweet and sour tamarind crab
Besides a big sea crab, ingredients like tamarinds, garlic, onions, chili, are of great importance (Photo: Dan Viet)

How to make?

Prepare the crab

Turn the crab upside down. Use a sharp knife or scissors to pierce into the middle of the crab’s belly, so that the crab dies before removing its shell. Remove the crab lung, rinse.

secret recipe for tasteful sweet and sour tamarind crab
Move the shell out (Photo: Cooky)

The secret to make tamarind crab sauce

Boil the tamarinds, then take out the seeds.

Heat the pan with oil, the fry minced garlic and onions until they turn golden brown. Add tamarinds sauce in with the aromatic garlic and onions, then add sugar, chili, pepper to your liking and wait until the sauce simmers.

secret recipe for tasteful sweet and sour tamarind crab
The tamarind sauce is key to the dish (Photo: Dan Viet)

Fry the crab

Heat the pan with oil. Again, fry minced garlic and onions. Remember to add the crab into the pan only when the garlic and onions have turned golden brown. When the crab is 70 percent cooked, add shredded onions, stir well.

secret recipe for tasteful sweet and sour tamarind crab
(Photo: Cooky)
secret recipe for tasteful sweet and sour tamarind crab
(Photo: Cooky)
secret recipe for tasteful sweet and sour tamarind crab
(Photo: Dan Viet)

Put pinches of flour into the tamarind sauce, then pour the tamarind sauce on top of the crab. Turn the heat down, let the sauce well marinated into the crab.

Finally, sprinkle pepper and serve the food on a plate. The perfect sweet and sour tamarind crab, like it name suggests, must be sweet, sour and spicy.

It’s best to serve right after it’s done.

secret recipe for tasteful sweet and sour tamarind crab
The dish looks amazing (Photo: Cooky)