Crab Fried Rice is a cherished classic Thai dish known for its subtle flavors, with lump crab taking center stage in this recipe.

How to Make Crab Fried Rice: A Step-by-Step Guide

Recipe by Annie Tibber


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Crab Fried Rice, a beloved classic in Thai cuisine, is celebrated for its delicate flavors, with the spotlight firmly on the succulent lump crab meat in this recipe.


  • 3-4 tablespoons of oil

  • 2 tablespoons of minced ginger

  • 2 cloves of minced garlic

  • 4 cups of cooked white rice

  • 1/4 teaspoon of white pepper

  • 3 tablespoons of fish sauce

  • 1 tablespoon of soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon of Shaoxing wine (if desired)

  • Salt (to taste)

  • 2 beaten eggs

  • 1 cup of cooked lump crab meat (half of a 16 oz. can/225g)

  • 2 chopped scallions

  • 1/4 cup of chopped cilantro

  • Lime wedges


  • First, prepare all your ingredients, including aromatics such as ginger, garlic, cilantro, and scallions. Also, have your beaten eggs ready. Only begin cooking when all the ingredients are prepped.
  • Warm the cooking oil in a wok over medium-high heat. Start with ginger, stir for 30 seconds, then add the garlic. When the garlic is cooked but not golden, add the cooked rice and increase the heat to high. Stir-fry the rice for about 3 minutes, ensuring it’s well mixed with the ginger and garlic or heated through if using leftover rice.
  • Now, add flavor by incorporating white pepper, fish sauce, soy sauce, and Shaoxing wine to the rice. If it needs more salt or you won’t be adding hot sauce later, adjust the seasoning with salt. Stir-fry to blend.
  • Spread the rice evenly in the wok with a spatula.Evenly distribute the beaten egg over the rice. Stir until the egg is fully cooked and integrated. The egg coats the rice, enhancing its savory taste.
  • Before adding the crab, use the spatula again to distribute the rice evenly. Add the crab to the rice and stir-fry until heated through. Toss in the scallions and cilantro, stir-frying briefly until the herbs wilt slightly. Garnish with a squeeze of lime and your favorite chili oil before serving!

Recipe: Instructions for making classic Thai crab fried rice

Thai crab fried rice, a timeless favorite, is renowned for its delicate flavors. The star of this dish is undoubtedly the soft-shell crab, delicately seasoned with soy sauce, fish sauce, and a hint of Shaoxing wine. A finishing touch of coriander, green onions, and zesty lime elevates its freshness.

My first encounter with this delectable rice dish was at a Japanese restaurant in Philadelphia.

Crab meat is a nutritional powerhouse, offering various health benefits such as:

  • Mitigating anemia through prevention and management.
  • Reduction of blood fat levels.
  • Facilitation of muscle growth and development.
  • Enhancement of brain and cardiovascular health.
  • Arthritis prevention.
  • Moreover, crab meat plays a role in preventing osteoporosis, aiding weight loss, reducing acne, controlling cholesterol, and regulating blood pressure. It is particularly advantageous for pregnant women and older individuals dealing with blood pressure and heart conditions.

Let’s delve into the art of crafting this classic Thai crab fried rice!

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