Steamed Crab Wrapped in Lotus Leaf with Chinese Black Bean Paste, Chilli, and Garlic Sauce Recipe

steam crab lotus leaf recipe spicy black bean paste chili garlic sauce

Steamed Crab in Lotus Leaf with Spicy Chilli, Garlic and Black Bean Sauce Recipe

Steamed Crab in Lotus Leaf with Spicy Chilli, Garlic and Black Bean Paste in  a peranakan dish, fusion between chinese and malay culinary. Lotus leaves gives a nice scent to the spiced crab, resembles of pungent and earthy tea hint. You can purchase dried lotus leaves in asian groceries, it usually sold dried and it must be rehydrated first to soften it prior to cooking by simlpy soaked it in warm water for about 20 minutes, patted dry and then applied some oil in the surface to prevent the filling is sticking. You can replace the lotus leaf with banana leaves or even taro leaves, but the fragrance is not as potent the lotus leaves.

steamed crab in lotus leaves wrap recipe

Recipe Steamed Crab in Lotus Leaf Wrap with Spicy Chilli, Garlic and Black Bean Sauce

Steamed Crab Wrapped in Lotus Leaves with Fermented Black Bean Paste is actually inspired by Lo Mai Gai dimsum. Lo mai gai is actually steamed sticky or glutinous rice with chicken stuffing in lotus leaf wrap. The sticky or glutinous rice is pre-steamed or preboiled before wrapped in lotus leaf and steamed. General stuffing for lo mai gai is chicken, pork, chinese sausage or lap cheong, mushrooms, and finely chopped dried shrimp. That’s why it’s common preparation when people add cooked glutinous rice or pulut (malay), or ketan (bahasa)  within the steamed crab. The glutinous rice absorb the crab natural juice dripping when the crab is steamed in lotus leaf wrapped and it makes the natural crab flavour infused on it, but i prefer to served this steamed crab with steamed buns or mantou.

recipe crab black bean paste chilli garlic sauce steamed

Recipe Steamed Crab Wraped in Lotus Leaves with Spicy Fermented Black Bean, Chilli, ang Garlic Sauce

Steamed Crab in Spicy Black Bean, Garlic and Chilli Sauce basic recipe is similiar with my Steamed Sea Scallop with Black Bean Sauce and Steamed Grouper Fish with Tofu. The ingredients of black bean sauce for steaming this crab is fermented black bean paste, garlic, shallots, lemongrass, ginger, salt and pepper use for the sauce. All the spice paste ingredients processed into a fine paste then chopped chili added to give a nice hot kicking flavour. Besides, you can enrich the flavour the black bean paste with dried shrimp, dried scallop and other savoury and umami dried seafood ingredients. Watch over the saltiness level of the black bean paste since it could be very salty and it’s not necessary to add any salt anymore. This black bean recipe is suits as a dressing  for rice porridge, steamed eeg, tofu, or even aubergines. Black bean sauce is actually made of salted and fermented black bean called doucitausi or tauco hitam in Bahasa. Black bean paste is ready to use, it’s available in a glass jar on most asian groceries in your town, my recommended  favourite  fermented black bean paste is Lee Kum Kee Brand.

resep kepiting tauco hitam tausi tim kukus steam

Resep Kepiting Saus Tauco Hitam/ Tausi Bungkus Daun Teratai (Steamed Crab in Lotus Leaf with Spicy Chilli, Garlic and Black Bean Sauce Recipe)

Kepiting saus tauco hitam (tausi) bungkus daun teratai is steamed crab in lotus leaves with spicy fermented black bean or douci, chilli, and garlic in Bahasa Indonesia. I’m using a giant mud crab from Papua Island for this recipe. The gigantic crustacean was weighed about 1.4 Kg and the claw is almost as big as my palm (i’m 5’11” or 180 cm heigh and weighed 95 kg or 190 pounds). This male mud crab is pretty big and four of us who joining the dinner got our stomatch fullfilled within it. The verdict of  this pricey gigantic male mud crab meat is much more sweet and succulent compared to female mud crab with roe for my Thai Green Curry. Even my sister consider that the amount of the black bean sauce is not enough (notes: she eat almost all of  the steamed buns), i guess i’m doing it to present the natural sweetness of the crab meat.

handshake with giant mud crab clawn

Handshake with Giant Mud Crab Clawn (Kepiting Papua)

Recipe Steamed Crab in Lotus Leaf with Spicy Chilli, Garlic and Black Bean Sauce :

Ingredient :

  • 1 giant mud crab (i’m using 1.4 kg)
  • 1 big lotus leaf
  • 2 tbsp chopped chilies
  • 2 tbs chopped scallion for garnish
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 lemon/ Lime juice
  • 2 tbs of premium light soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp of sesame oil
  • 1/3 cup of chinese cooking wine
  • salt and pepper to taste

Spice Paste :

  • 2 tbsp of fermented black beans sauce/ tausi, i use Lee Kum Kee Brand
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 2 shallots
  • 2 lemongrass(use only the soft white inner part)
  • a pinch of szechuan peppercorn*optional
  • 3 cm ginger, chopped
  • 1/4 tbs of rock sugar
  • salt and peper to taste

Instruction :

  • Cleaned  and brushed  throughly the crab surface,  discard the gills, springkle with salt, pepper and drizzle with a little of lime juice, drained, set aside

soak lotus leaves before using recipe steam crrab

  • Soak the dried lotus leaves in warm water for about 10 minutes until soften, patted dry, applied some oil to the inner surfece, set aside
  • Heat up 1 tbsp oil in a wok pan, sautee the spice paste until fragrance  and throughly cooked,  add the premium light soy sauce, chinese cooking rice wine and sesame oil, bring to boil and simmer unti reduced, set aside
  • Mix the sauteed spice paste and crab and chilli, ajdust the taste with salt and pepper

steam crab black bean peppercorn chilli spicy sauce lotus leaf

  • Put the lotus leaf  to cover a heatproof pyrex bowl, put the spiced crab above the lotus leaves

Recipe Steamed Crab Lotus Leaves wrap black bean sauce

  • wrapped the crab with lotus leaves , marinade about 10 minutes.

step by step steam crab cover alumunium foil

  • Cover the pyrex bowl with alumunium foil to prevent the steaming water dripping
  • Meanwhile set your steamer in a highest flame as possible.

crab steamed recipe with black bean spicy chilli

  • Put lotus leaves wrapped crab with black bean paste in the steamer, steam about 15-20 minutes depend on the size of your crab, Do Not Overcooked It!
  • Open the lotus leaves, garnish the steamed crabs with chopped scallion
  • Served with mantau or steamed buns

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29 thoughts on “Steamed Crab Wrapped in Lotus Leaf with Chinese Black Bean Paste, Chilli, and Garlic Sauce Recipe

  1. What a fabulous crab dish with those flavors I will die for. Yum. Its hard to find mud crab over here and I shall try with the other normal ones available. My domain has gone missing, so I shall drop a mail when its back in action.

  2. I hav enot eaten crab in such a long time and this recipe of yout´ra is making me extremly hungry right now – it looks so fabulously delicious and so very creative all wrapped up in the lotus leaves – amazing, dear friend!

  3. Hi Dedy ! Your post reminds me that I haven’t had mud crabs for quiet sometime *sigh* I just can imagine the flavors blending in together , really delicious ! And at 1.4 kg , that is one huge crustacean 😀 It’s the first time that I’ve seen crabs cooked this way .

  4. Hi, thanks for visiting my space. This crab dish looks awesome, it must be complicated, yet you make it look so easy! Will be coming back for more of your recipes! Cheers

  5. Growing up, we used to eat out all the time (in Hong Kong and when we moved to the States)…this is the type of seafood dish we’d love to order. I think I can smell your delicious crabs!

  6. Your dishes are like an artists palette with flavours, scents, textures and beautiful aromas and so pleasing to the eye. How very creative you are. Thank you for posting this recipe!

  7. OMG! Look at the size of the crab claw…gigantic…
    I love all the flavors in this crab dish, black bean, chile, garlic…absolutely delicious.
    Have a wonderful week Dedy 😀

  8. After reading “steamed crab” I should have stopped looking at your photos or reading about this delicacy because now I will be dreaming of this deliciously seasoned crab (I can only dream of it alas).

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  10. You make me wanna go and shop for some crab and make this dish, it looks that amazing. My hubby is a big big fan of seafood and I am a little bit anxious to cook crab at home. I am gonna muster some courage and cook it home sometime.
    Thanks for sharing and awesome recipe.

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