Chilli Crab Fried Rice Recipe

I may be a very hardworking *ahem* eater, but I’m actually quite a lazy cook at home. And let me say this:

There ain’t no shame in using modern conveniences!

I do love making a lot of things from scratch, but there are just some sauces that take so much time and effort that it’s really worthwhile getting a good packet sauce mix, for the convenience. Sambal belachan, for example, is one of those that’s full of pungent fermented-shrimpness and takes ages, so JUST BUY THE DAMN BOTTLE.

And Chilli Crab, for me, is one of the other. Sure, make your own when you have the time, but there’s nothing to say that you can’t enjoy a weekend meal on a weekday. You just need a little helping hand. So this Singapore Chilli Crab Fried Rice uses packet Chilli Crab sauce, bottled sambal belachan, frozen vegetables, and a tub of picked crab meat.

And it’s frickin’ delicious, in 40 minutes or less.

Chilli Crab Fried Rice Recipe


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  1. Malinda @mybrownpaperpackages February 20, 2015 at 11:52 am

    I love easy meals but often have to miss out because “instant” sauces all too often have MSG in them and I cannot have them. I’d love to know where you find them with no msg? visting from #FFF

    1. Tammi Kwok - Site Author February 20, 2015 at 11:55 am

      Hi Melinda! I actually just walk into an Asian grocery and look at the ingredient list. I’ve seen them at a whole bunch of groceries in Melbourne, and some of the larger Asian grocers in Eastwood and Haymarket. Have a look at your local grocer – you might be pleasantly surprised!

  2. Lauren @ Create Bake Make February 20, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    I love your thinking Tammi, I’m all for taking shortcuts when I can! This looks delicious, I often order Chilli Crabs when we eat out. Thanks for linking up with us for Fabulous Foodie Fridays, I hope you have a great weekend!

  3. House in Tillford February 21, 2015 at 11:54 am

    This looks so so good! And I love how quick and easy it is, will have to pin to make for a yummy work lunch treat!

  4. Christine @ Cooking Crusade September 18, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    Omg! So perfect to fill my chilli crab cravings!!!


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