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Ginataang Alimasag (Crabs in Coconut Milk)

This isGinataang Alimasag (Crabs in Coconut Milk). Ginataang Alimasag are Crabs cooked in Coconut Milk. This is a savory and creamy crab dish in coconut cream. Enjoy this recipe from all of us at Filipino Chow.


  • 3 pieces of medium-sized blue crabs cleaned and, cut into halves
  • 1 inch piece of ginger, cut into thin strips
  • 3 cloves of garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 medium-sized onion, minced
  • 3 pieces of thai chili pepper
  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • 1 bundle or package of fresh spinach
  • 1 tablespoons of shrimp paste
  • fish sauce to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons of cooking oil


  1. Add cooking oil in a preheated pan.
  2. Sauté the garlic, onion, and ginger.
  3. Add the ground black pepper and coconut milk then bring to a boil.
  4. Add in the shrimp paste and fish sauce and cook for about 15 minutes
  5. Add the Thai chili and simmer for 5 minutes.
  6. Add in crabs and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until the liquid is reduced by half, stirring occasionally.
  7. Add the spinach and simmer for 5 minutes.
  8. Serve hot and Enjoy.


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