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Best Ginataang Curacha Recipe

Curacha is also known as spanner crab or red frog crab that is a traditional food in Zamboanga, Philippines. This delicious dish is cooked in coconut milk.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Filipino
Keyword Seafood Recipes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 153kcal
Cost $5-20


  • 1 kg Spanner crab boiled, clean, and cut into half.
  • 1 pc White onion big and cut into cubes
  • 4 cloves Garlic crushed into small pieces
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • ½ teaspoon Ground black pepper
  • 2 pcs Cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Oil
  • 1 cup Coconut milk
  • 1 tsp Turmeric
  • 1 cup Spinach leaves


  • Heat oil in a pan, saute onion until softened, and then add ginger and garlic. Mix then pour the coconut milk and season with salt and ground black pepper. Continue stirring until boil.
  • Now add the spanner crab and cover. Bring to boil.
  • You can now add cayenne pepper, turmeric, and spinach leaves. Cover and cook for 5 minutes.
  • After 5 minutes, transfer onto a serving plate, serve hot and enjoy!


Calories: 153kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Sodium: 305mg | Potassium: 202mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 911IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 2mg