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Poo Jaa – Deep-fried Stuffed Crab in the Shell Recipe

Poo Jaa - Deep-fried Stuffed Crab in the Shell Recipe

Poo Jaa – Deep-fried Stuffed Crab in the Shell Recipe

Use either mud crabs or blue swimmer crabs for this dish. The filling can be prepared in advance and the crabs stuffed and deep-fried just before serving.

Ingredients :

  • 4 crab shells for stuffing
  • 3 eggs, well beaten
  • 5 cups (11/4 liters) oil for deep-frying
  • 1 tablespoon minced coriander leaves (cilantro)
  • 2 red chilies for garnish

Stuffing

  • 6 oz (175 g) ground pork
  • 1/2 cup fresh shrimp or prawn meat, minced
  • 1/2 cup (60 g) fresh crabmeat
  • 1 tablespoon finely minced onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced spring onions
  • 1 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Method :

  1. Mix all the Stuffing ingredients together and fill the crab shells.
  2. Heat the oil in a deep saucepan, dip the stuffed crabs in the beaten egg to coat them well all over and then deep-fry for about 10-15 minutes until cooked.
  3. Remove from the heat and drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with coriander leaves (cilantro) and chilies before serving.

Note : If using cooked crabs, remove the backs carefully and discard any spongy matter. Wash backs and set aside. Remove crabmeat from body, legs and claws and measure out 1/2 cup (60 g), keeping the rest aside for another dish. If using raw crabs, steam first, then prepare as directed above.

Serves 4
Preparation time : 15 mins
Cooking time : 15 mins

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Source :
Authentic Recipes from Thailand
by Sven Krauss, Laurent Ganguillet and Vira Sanguanwong
photo by Luca Invernizzi Tettoni
introduction by William Warren

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