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How to Cook Crabs with Buko

A tasty seafood dish of blue crabs cooked in coconut water, tomato sauce and coconut meat. Young coconut meat and water are good source of vitamins and minerals.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course: Seafood Recipe
Cuisine: Filipino
Keyword: blue crabs with buko
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Calories: 120kcal
Author: Manny


  • 6 pieces medium blue crabs (alimasag)
  • 6 cloves garlic crushed
  • 10 pcs sitaw stringbeans, cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 1 medium onion sliced
  • 1 can 227 grams Del Monte Tomato Sauce
  • 3 stalks green onions chopped
  • 1 cup buko meat cut into strips or shredded
  • 1 tsp. iodized salt or 1 tbsp. rock salt
  • 1 and 1/2 cups buko water


How to cook Crabs with Buko:

  • Saute garlic and onion. Add crabs, buko water, 1 teaspoon iodized salt or 1 tablespoon rock salt.
  • Simmer for 10 minutes. Remove crabs. Discard upper shell and gills. Cut into half. Flake meat from claws.
  • Return to pot. Add sitaw and buko meat. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Add Del Monte Tomato Sauce. Simmer for another 10 minutes.
  • Add green onions just before serving.