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Ginataang Alimasag Recipe

This is a recipe for ginataang alimasag. These are blue crabs with spinach cooked in coconut milk. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Filipino
Keyword: alimango, alimasag, ginataan
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 565kcal
Author: Vanjo Merano


  • 3 lbs blue crabs Alimasag
  • 2 tbsp shrimp paste
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic minced
  • 1 piece onion minced
  • 1 thumb ginger cut into thin strips
  • 3 tbsp cooking oil
  • 4 cups coconut milk
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 bunch fresh spinach
  • 6 pieces Thai chili


  • In a large pot, sauté the garlic, onion, and ginger
  • Add the ground black pepper and coconut milk then bring to a boil
  • Put-in the shrimp paste and fish sauce and cook until the coconut milk’s texture is thick and natural oil comes out of it (approximately 20 ++ minutes)
  • Add the Thai chili and simmer for 5 minutes
  • Put the crabs in the pot and mix until evenly covered with coconut milk. Simmer for 5 to 20 minutes. (Note: If crabs were steamed prior to cooking, 5 to 8 minutes is enough)
  • Add the spinach and simmer for 5 minutes
  • Serve hot. Share and Enjoy!


Serving: 4g | Calories: 565kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 59g | Saturated Fat: 43g | Cholesterol: 85mg | Sodium: 646mg | Potassium: 510mg | Vitamin A: 20IU | Vitamin C: 6.1mg | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 8mg