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Garlic Butter Crab and Shrimp

Garlic butter crab and shrimp is made by simmering fresh crabs and shrimps in a sauce made by butter, garlic, onion, oyster sauce, pepper, garlic, corn-starch, chili, parsley and sprite. Enhanced with lemon soda and other spices, this garlic butter sauce combination is super fantastic, you’d really enjoy eating seafood. Reward yourself with some garlicky, buttery and oohh so spicy garlic butter crabs and shrimp dish!

GARLIC BUTTER CRAB AND SHRIMP RECIPE

Ingredients:

  • 600 grams crab
  • 200 grams shrimp
  • 100 grams of butter
  • 5 cloves of garlic (minced)
  • 1 small onion (chopped)
  • 1 cup Sprite
  • 4 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 tablespoons of water
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 chili peppers
  • Parsley (for garnishing)

Directions:

  1. Wash and prepare the crabs and shrimp. Devein the shrimps.
  2. Heat some oil in a pan and then melt the butter. Add the onions and saute until translucent. Add the garlic and saute until aromatic. Add the crabs then pour the lemon soda. Let this boil for 10 minutes using medium heat. Flip occasionally to cook evenly.
  3. Add the oyster sauce and stir a bit. Then, add the shrimps. Let the shrimps cook until it changes color on both sides. Season with ground pepper and garlic powder.
  4. Dissolve the cornstarch in water to make a slurry. Add the slurry to the dish to thicken the sauce. Stir a bit.
  5. Once the sauce has thickened, add the chili peppers (depending on how spicy you like) and some parsley for garnishing. Allow the dish to simmer and baste the shrimps and crabs using the sauce for 5 minutes. Turn the heat off.
  6. Transfer the spicy garlic butter crab and shrimp to a serving plate. Enjoy this on your boodle fight and have it with a lot of hot steaming rice. Yum!

CRABS AND SHRIMPS

When we look at the seafood kingdom, crabs and shrimps are always on the top list. Most of them are more famous than some fishes!

Crabs are shelled crustaceans with an oval shaped body and has clippers. In Tagalog, they are known as alimango or alimasag. But did you know that there’s a difference between the two? Some say that one is a female and the other is a male. Sorry, but you got it wrong. If you’re quite good at distinguishing things, you’ll notice that the alimasag has thin legs while the alimango has large legs. The alimasag is smaller in size than the alimango.

The shrimp is one among the most expensive seafoods in town. A kilo of it has an average price of 800 and it can go up to 1000 pesos per kilo! You might have heard of prawns, didn’t you? Shrimps and prawns are actually different from one another. It is truly difficult to identify shrimps from praws but the most important thing is that, you can still use them interchangeably in the kitchen.

Shrimps and crabs are both shelled animals which are originally gray and becomes orange when cooked. It’s really funny how we draw these creatures on our drawing book as kids and we color them orange! It’s like, we put some cooked crabs and shrimp in the see HAHA!

GARLIC BUTTER CRAB AND SHRIMP

Eating together with a lot of your friends and family is one of the happiest feelings in the world. Eating becomes more fun and challenging when everyone is nag uunahan! We always have some boodle fight during our beach outings.. and anytime if we have the time and food! Boodle fight has been quite a practice here at our probinsya also for the reason that we don’t wanna wash plates (Just kidding!).

Garlic butter crabs and shrimp is one of the most requested ulams during this type of gatherings. People love to eat every meat and every juice possible from the crabs and shrimp!

Aside from gatherings, I also prepare some garlic butter crabs and shrimp during simple lunches and dinners, but I use the smaller version of crabs, the crablets. Same kind of fun but in mini version. The sauce is best paired with the rice, while you slurp on the juices from the crablets and shrimps.

If you wanna know how to make some garlic butter crabs and shrimp, read and follow the simple steps below. Happy cooking!

HOW TO COOK GARLIC BUTTER CRAB AND SHRIMP

Making this garlic butter crab and shrimp is easier than you imagine. If you have made any recipes using crab and shrimps in the past, then this will be simple for you.

The best and the freshest crabs can be seen from the seaside market. If you had a beach outing, try to stroll around the area and look for seafood vendors. They usually sell live crabs and newly caught shrimps. This is what happened to me so I have brought live crabs at home.

One great perk of buying live crabs is that they are very very fresh. But one great challenge with this is that THEY FIGHT FOR THEIR LIVES. I untied them in the sink and now I cannot go near the sink. 🙁 They own my house now. (Just kidding!)

After an hour-long battle with the crabs, I won. I dedicate this recipe blog to all people who helped me with the fight. (HAHA). Preparing the crab is super easy. For this recipe, I decided not to open the crab’s body unlike the others. But if you prefer to open it and/or to remove the clips, for example, feel free to do so.  For the crabs, simply devein them. We want their shells intact so that it can absorb some of the sauce for later.

We will be using a lot of butter for this recipe as butter will be our sauce base. Add some oil just to prevent the butter from burning. After sauteing the aromatics, add the lemon soda for some fresh sweetness taste. Although very clammed and shells, these seafoods are actually very quick to cook. Once orange in color, they are starting to cook. Just prevent cooking them for too long to prevent the shrimps from being chewy.

To continue with the sauce, add the rest of the ingredients to fully season them. Just be cautious not to overpower the garlic and buttery taste. For this recipe, I added some chili flakes for some kick. When the sauce is fully covering the shrimp and crabs, then it’s ready!

I know we had just a beach outing but the fun never stops at the beach. The best way to serve this type of dish is through a boodle fight. Grab your banana leaves, serve your rice, cut the aromatics and let’s continue the fun!

This dish can also be served during usual dinners and lunches. Yum!

Garlic Butter Crab and Shrimp

Course: Seafood
Servings

5

servings

Ingredients

  • 600 grams crab

  • 200 grams shrimp

  • 100 grams of butter

  • 5 cloves of garlic (minced)

  • 1 small onion (chopped)

  • 1 cup Sprite

  • 4 tablespoons oyster sauce

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

  • 3 tablespoons of water

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

  • 2 chili peppers

  • Parsley (for garnishing)

Directions

  • Wash and prepare the crabs and shrimp. Devein the shrimps.
  • Heat some oil in a pan and then melt the butter. Add the onions and saute until translucent. Add the garlic and saute until aromatic. Add the crabs then pour the lemon soda. Let this boil for 10 minutes using medium heat. Flip occasionally to cook evenly.
  • Add the oyster sauce and stir a bit. Then, add the shrimps. Let the shrimps cook until it changes color on both sides. Season with ground pepper and garlic powder.
  • Dissolve the cornstarch in water to make a slurry. Add the slurry to the dish to thicken the sauce. Stir a bit.
  • Once the sauce has thickened, add the chili peppers (depending on how spicy you like) and some parsley for garnishing. Allow the dish to simmer and baste the shrimps and crabs using the sauce for 5 minutes. Turn the heat off.
  • Transfer the spicy garlic butter crab and shrimp to a serving plate. Enjoy this on your boodle fight and have it with a lot of hot steaming rice. Yum!
Garlic Butter Crab and Shrimp

Garlic Butter Crab and Shrimp Recipe (TAGALOG)

Mga Sangkap:

  • 600 grams ng alimango
  • 200 grams ng hipon
  • 100 grams ng butter
  • 5 cloves of garlic (hiniwa ng maliliit)
  • 1 maliit na sibuyas (hiniwa)
  • 1 tasa ng Sprite
  • 4 kutsara ng oyster sauce
  • ½ kutsarita ng pamintang durog
  • ½ kutsarita ng garlic powder
  • 3 kutsara ng tubig
  • 1 kutsara ng cornstarch
  • 2 siling labuyo
  • Parsley (pang garnish)

Paano Lutuin:

  1. Linisin at ihanda ang mga alimango at hipon. Idevein ang mga hipon.
  2. Magpainit ng mantika saka tunawin ang butter. Ilagay ang bawang at sibuyas at igisa ng ilag minuto. Sunod na ilagay ang mga alimango at ibuhos ang lemon soda. Hayaan ito kumulo ng 10 minuto gamit ang katamtamang apoy. Bali baliktarin ito ng ilang beses para maging pantay ang luto.
  3. Ilagay ang oyster sauce at haluin ng konti. Ilagay ang mga hipon. Hayaan itong maluto hanggang mag iba ang kulay. Timplahan ng paminta at garlic powder.
  4. Tunawin ang cornstarch sa tubig para makagawa ng slurry. Ilagay ang slurry para lumapot ang sauce. Haluin ng konti.
  5. Kapag medyo malapot na ang sauce, lagyan ng sili (kung gusto mo ng maanghang) at parlsey pang garnish. Hayaan lang itong maluto ng ilang minuto habang binubuhus buhusan ng sauce. Patayin ang apoy.
  6. Ilipat ang spicy garlic butter crab and shrimp sa serving plate. Enjoyin ito sa inyong boodle fight at samahan ng isang kawali ng bagong saing na kanin. Yum!

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