Bpoo Nueng Gratiam (Steamed Sea Crab)

Steamed Sea Crab with Garlic Sauce in Thai, Boo Nueng Gratiam


1 big sea crab (1 pound)
1/2 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 tbsp. oyster sauce
1 tbsp. light soy sauce
1/2 tbsp. sesame oil
5 cloves garlic (sliced)


Cooking Instructions:

1. Crack the shell and clean it very well. Cut the crab in to pieces and arrange them on the plate.

2. Mix oyster sauce with sesame oil, light soy sauce, pepper, sugar and mix well.

3. Spread the sauce all over the sea crab. Put sliced garlic on a side.

4. Steam in boiling water for 8 minutes and turn off the fire.


We spent time yesterday chasing the fiddler crabs at the beach. It was so much fun looking at how fast all of them can go, like they were blown off by the wind. We tried to trick them by going to different directions. The crabs got nervous since they didn’t know which way is going to be safe.

Finally, one of them got his way into the water and buried himself under the sand. Luckily, my husband knew the crab’s plan, so we waited until it stopped under the sand and my husband picked him up. 🙂

I had a lot of fun on that day. 🙂 No! No! No! I didn’t plan to eat that crab. We let him go after taking a photo and touching him a couple times. I don’t think he has any meat though.

Anyway, it wouldn’t be a problem because I can eat the whole thing when I am hungry! Hahaha :p

In Isaan provinces (northeastern of Thailand), there are not enough crabs (horse crabs, field crabs) for all of us anymore. One time on channel 9 (www.mcot.net), the program is called Gob Nok Gala, tracked the way where were the rest of them from, so that the whole country has enough crabs to eat.

They found out that the crabs came all the way from Myanmar to central Thailand before all of them were spread out to feed Isaan people like me all over the country. Sorry I can’t remember the exact number of how many salted crabs we imported. I guess it was about 400,000.

We really need that for Somtam, Thai most wanted food. 🙂

Whatsoever, cooking Bpoo Nueng Gratiam (Steamed Sea Crab with Garlic), we use big sea crabs only. It has enough meat and I think all of you can find it in your country. 🙂

Sawasdee Ka - Joy

Thai Food Recipe: Bpoo Pad Phong Gari (Sea Crab in Curry Stir-Fry)

Bpoo Pad Phong Gari – Sea Crab with Curry Powder Stir-Fry


1 big sea crab (about 600g)
2 eggs
2 tbsp. condensed milk
3 tbsp. chili paste in vegetable oil
1 tbsp. vegetable oil
2 tbsp. minced garlic
1 onion (cut into dices)
Red, green and yellow sweet bell peppers (one of each cut into dices)
1 tbsp. Curry powder
1 tbsp. Shao xing cooking wine
1 and 1/2 cup stock
1 tsp. sugar
1 tbsp. oyster sauce
1/2 tbsp. light soy sauce
1 tsp. pepper
2 groups scallion (cut 1 inch)
2 groups Chinese celery (cut 1 inch)
2 tbsp. red chili pepper (cut diagonally)


Cooking Instructions:

1. Clean the crab very well. Pull out the shell. Cut it into 6 pieces and crush its claws.

2. Beat the eggs. Then add condensed milk and chili paste in it. Mix well.

3. Next, heat the pan with medium heat. When it’s hot, add minced garlic. Now, throw onion, sweet bell peppers. Stir-fry for 3 minutes.

4. After that, add crab, curry powder, shaoxing cooking wine, stock, sugar, oyster sauce, light soy sauce, and pepper.

5. Close the pan with its cover. When the stock dries out down to 1 cup, remove the cover.

6. Throw scallion, Chinese celery, red chili peppers and beat egg. Stir-fry until the egg is done. Turn off the fire.

Sea Crab with Curry Powder Stir-Fry is one of my favorites. We sometimes got it at the restaurants when I was at home in Sisaket. I don’t like the part that we have to pick out the meat from the crab’s hard shell, it is too messy. When the sweet taste of fresh crab meat with curry powder and fresh Chinese celery touch my tongue, I forgot all the hard work I’ve been through the hard shell…haha However, the sea crab doesn’t taste as good and as easy to eat as my fermented crab in Somtam! 🙂

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