Deep-Fried Crocodile Stuffed Crab Shell (Crocodile Pu Ja) Thai

So many people are as scared of cooking crocodile as they would be if they stumbled upon one in the Australian wild. The actual fact is that with a bit of know how, it can be quite simple.

I first tried Crab Pu Ja, back in 2004, whilst on a trip to Thailand. I was teaching a cooking class in Bangkok, and one lunch break all the locals were happily snacking away on this delicious seafood. The traditional recipe see’s the crab mixed with pork, which is used to mellow out the crab flavour. On my arrival back in Australia I cooked some up for my family using some crocodile, and as I suspected the crocodile actual works well with the crab and it’s flavour isn’t lost. So what does crocodile taste like……. try some and comment bellow.

Deep-Fried Crocodile Stuffed Crab Shell (Crocodile Pu Ja) Thai
  • For the stuffing
  • 120g Crocodile mince
  • 80g Blue Swimmer Crab meat
  • 4 Blue swimmer crab shells (head- cleaned)
  • 40g water chestnuts finely diced
  • 20g shallots finely chopped
  • 3 tspn potato or corn flour
  • 4 coriander roots, washed and finely chopped
  • 1 tspn freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 eggs, beaten, for dipping
  • For the seasoning
  • 4 tspn castor sugar
  • 4 tbspn oyster sauce
  • 4 tbsn vegetable oil
  • 2 tspn light soy sauce
  1. Ready a steamer pot, bring water to the boil.
  2. Combine all the stuffing ingredients together in a mixing bowl.
  3. Mix until all well combined.
  4. Evenly spoon the mix into the crab shells.
  5. Now place the crab shells into the top part of the steamer and steam for 5-6 minutes.
  6. Set aside and allow to cool.
  7. Heat deep fryer or about 1 litre of vegetable oil in a wok to approx 180ÂșC.
  8. Next dip each shell into the beaten egg and coat well.
  9. Fry the shells for about 5-6 minutes until cooked and slightly golden.
  10. Allow to drain on paper towel.
  11. Now combine all the seasoning mix together and serve with the Pu Ja.


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Published on: August 31, 2015

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