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Matoutou, or Matete de Crabes, the unconventional way

Matoutou or Matete de Crabs, a delicious one meal, made with fresh spices and crabmeat, the unconventional way.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4


  • 8 ounces or 1 cup ready to use Jumbo Lump Crabmeat claws preferred
  • 1 tablespoon lemon/lime juice
  • 3 scallions
  • ½ tablespoon chives finely chopped
  • 2 medium size shallots sliced
  • 1 tablespoon parsley chopped
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • Fresh black pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 2-3 juicy tomatoes seeds removed and quartered
  • 2-3 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ¼ teaspoon hot pepper habanero or scotch bonnet, optional
  • 2 cup cooked white rice


  • Drain the liquid from the crabmeat if any, add the lemon or lime juice and set aside. In a pot under medium high heat, add oil. Add shallots, chives, garlic, parsley, tomatoes, cloves, salt, pepper, hot pepper if using and bay leaves. Cook for about 2 minutes and add crabmeat. Let mixture cook under medium to high heat for about 5 - 7 minutes stirring very gently not to break the crabmeat too much. Add cooked white rice and let simmer for 4 minutes. Serve immediately.
  • Alternatively, cook the rice in a fish or crustacean broth for more flavors or use seafood seasoning.
  • If using real crabs, you will need about 8 crabs
  • Clean the crabs and douse with limejuice. (Will need about 6 limes) Crush them slightly and place in a large stewpot along with the oil, chives, shallots, tomatoes, juice of 2 limes, parsley, thyme, salt, pepper, cloves, seafood seasoning diluted in water. Cook 15 minutes on high heat, season to taste with salt and pepper and add hot pepper. Let simmer for 30 – 40 minutes. Serve with cooked rice.


Cooking time does not include cooked rice. Use Pikliz instead of hot pepper (scotch bonnet or habanero)
If you can find live crabs, try the recipe, taste better.


Serving: 1grams

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