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Ginataang Alimasag (sa Kalabasa at Sitaw)

This is a vegetable recipe of squash and string beans with blue crabs.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time18 mins
Course: Seafood Recipe
Cuisine: Filipino
Keyword: crabs in coconut milk, ginataang alimasag, sitaw, squash
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 156kcal
Author: Manny


  • 1 kilo alimasag blue crabs, cleaned and halved
  • 1/4 medium sized squash peeled, seeded and cubed
  • 2 bunches of stringbeans sitaw, cut into 2 inch long
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 medium size onion chopped
  • 1 to 2 pcs thumb sized ginger sliced into strips
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 1 Tbsp. patis
  • salt and pepper to taste


How to Cook Ginataang Alimasag sa Kalabasa at Sitaw:

  • Clean the crabs by washing in running water and brushing it with toothbrush if a little dirty.
  • If the crabs are large, you can divide it by cutting it in half. Then set aside.
  • In a deep pan or wok, heat some cooking oil and saute garlic and onions until the onions are soft.
  • Then add the ginger and saute again for half a minute. Pour patis and let it simmer for a while.
  • Stir and add in the squash. Continue stirring for a minute then add in the string beans.
  • Saute for a few seconds then add in the crabs. Pour also the coconut milk and bring to a boil and cover.
  • Cook for about 5 to 8 minutes and stir it from time to time so the crabs will be evenly cooked.
  • Season with salt and pepper before turning off heat. Serve hot with lots of cooked rice.