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Andrea Collins’ chilli mud crab

Originally from Cherbourg in Queensland, Andrea Collins is a respected community leader in the Nhulunbuy region of the Northern Territory. She was also a talented sportswoman, representing Queensland in basketball and managed the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander woman’s basketball tour of Canada and the US in 1988.


  •  1 tablespoon butter
  •  Dollop of cooking oil
  •  Chopped red chilli, to taste
  •  1 cup garlic cloves
  •  1 cup diced red onion
  •  2 cups finely chopped lemongrass
  •  1/2 cup chopped red or green capsicum
  •  1 cup chopped shallots
  •  2 large teaspoons Green Thai Curry Paste
  •  2 tins coconut milk
  •  2 x Mud Crabs, cut into quarters (meat with shell) and break off claws
  •  Cooking oil
  •  1 tablespoon butter
  •  1 teaspoon chopped garlic
  •  1 teaspoon chopped ginger
  •  2 lemons, zest and juiced
  •  1/2 cup chopped red or green capsicum
  •  1 cup chopped shallots Salt and pepper


1. To make the sauce…

Place butter and cooking oil in a semi-hot large saucepan. Add chilli, garlic, red onion, lemongrass, capsicum and shallots. Cook, stirring slowly, for 3-4 minutes or until onions are slightly brown. Reduce the heat and add green Thai curry paste and stir. When the mixture has thickened, add 2 tins of coconut milk and reduce the heat to a simmer. Take off the heat and set aside until the crabs are cooked.

2. To cook the crabs…

Heat some oil in a wok. Add butter, garlic and ginger, then put in the crab quarters, shell, claws and all. Stir and cook until shell is red/orange colour and flesh is cooked. Add lemon juice to cooked crab meat. Cover while cooking to steam the meat if required.

3. Add cooked crab to pre-made chilli sauce in pan and heat slowly. Sprinkle finely chopped capsicum, lemon rind, red chilli and chopped shallots on top of dish and serve.

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