Cambodian Kampot Crab Recipe

Kampot, on the Southern coast of Cambodia is famous for its pepper as well as its incredible seafood. Kampot pepper's citrus heat perfectly compliments the sweet crab meat in the classic dish 'chhar kdam merec', or Kampot pepper crab.

If you’re keen to try an authentic taste of Cambodia but not lucky enough to be sat by the harbour in Kampot watching the fishing boats and the setting sun, try making your own Kampot crab at home using Kampot black peppercorns. This Kampot crab recipe could either be a starter, served as a sharing platter, or it could be the main dish served with rice and green vegetables.

Ingredients Serves: 2




  1. Break the claws off the crab and halve the body using a heavy cleaver.
  2. Heat the vegetable oil in a large wok and fry the crab pieces for 2 minutes.
  3. Finely grind the kampot black pepper in a mortar and pestle and add to the pan with the minced garlic. Lower the heat.
  4. Add the fish sauce, soy sauce, palm sugar and a ladle of water. Cover the wok with a lid and steam for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Stir the crab, coating evenly in the sauce.
  6. Present the crab on a sharing plate, drizzle over the remaining sauce and garnish with a little more kampot black pepper and some roughly chopped coriander.
  7. Serve with rice and green vegetables.
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Cambodian Kampot Crab Recipe


  • Hi Philip, agreed! Let us know how you get on if you try it!

    Helena @ Sous Chef on

  • Soft shell crab would be ideal for this dish.

    philip rowley on

  • I made this for dinner tonight and omg is this INCREDIBLE. I subbed the chicken broth for veggie broth to make it vegetarian and I am sure it tastes just as good — if not better! I am definitely saving this and making it again. And again. Thanks for the post!!!
    Regards Hannah Flack

    Hannah Flack on

  • can’t wait to try some of these. The crockpot is wonderful for summer to keep from heating the house up.
    Regards Hannah Flack

    Hannah Flack on

  • This recipie delicious and I love the Asian flavors and ingredients you have used here. This is the kind of meal my family loves. We’ll be having it soon. I hope you have a great day. Blessings.
    Rose Martine

    Rose Martine on

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