Sunday, September 30, 2018

How to cook Sweet Chili Alimango (Crab)

It is a Sunday and a happy day with family and friends. Let me share with you how we prepare a mouth-watering Sweet Chili Alimango dish.

This dish can serve up 8-10 persons.

Here are the ingredients:
* 3 kilos alimango/crabs (preferably female crabs so you can get the most of the aligi or hardened fats)
* 2 medium size ginger
* 3 small size onions
* 6-8 garlic wedges or 1 small clove of garlic
* 3-5 Chili Cayenne
* 2 250 g pouch tomato sauce (Brand: Hunt's)
* 1 500 g can Pineapple chunks (Brand: Del Monte)


* Large pan
* Medium-size butcher's knife (to cut crab in half)

Crab origin:
Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental

Pre-cooking preparations:

A day before, place the crabs and container in a freezer. Why freeze them?
This process will kill the crabs with pinchers intact. This will prevent the pinchers from falling off their bodies when they struggle during cooking (if you cook them alive). Ofcourse, this will save your fingers from getting pinched!


Step 1 - Boil the Crab (15-20 mins)
Place the Crabs in a large pan to boil under medium fire for 15-20 mins. Place enough salt to bring additional taste. We call this process as 'lusgos' No need for seasonings at this point because we will also prepare its sweet chili sauce.

Remove the crabs using tongs and set them out to cool.

Step 2 - Sauté spices onions and garlic (1-2 mins); ginger and chili (2-3 mins)

First, Sauté onions and garlic together for 1-2 mins.  Then, mix ginger and chili for 2-3 mins until the ginger is cooked (reddish look). Sprinkle with magic sarap.

Step 3 - Place Crab together with Sautéed spices (3-4 mins)
Mix the crabs and spices then leave 3-4 mins. Flip their sides too to mix well.

Step 4 - Simmer with Pineapple Syrup/Chunks (3-5 mins)
Pour pineapple syrup and chunks. Simmer for 3-5 mins

Step 5 - Simmer with Tomato Sauce (3-5 mins)
Pour tomato sauce and mix well in one section before mixing all the crabs.
Leave to simmer for 3-5 mins.

Step 6 - Cut Crabs and serve

Cut crabs in half for more enjoyable eating experience. Add more sauce from pan

That's it! It is always an enjoyable experience to cook for our family and friends. Thanks to Bryan for taking the lead. Busog much.

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  1. Looks like a really tasty recipe.

  2. That looks so good and I don't even eat seafood, my family does so I will definitely try to make it for them.

  3. YUM!!! I love cooking new things so I cannot wait to try this!

  4. Wow this looks interesting!I love crab.

  5. Wow, I've never cooked crab before but this looks yummy!

  6. Alimango is an all time favorite.....i'll try sweet chili for a change.....a twist for the usual (ginataan with kalabasa) coconut milk and squash.....

  7. Yummy looks delicious.. will definitely try it 👍🏻

  8. Love to try out this recipe when I go buy crabs at the seafood market. All we ever do is boil it and eat it with pepper and lemon. Need something new and these look delicious!

  9. I love seafoods but alimago is not much my favorite coz its tedious to prepare and to eat. Shrimps are better!