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Eggplant with Blue Crabs

Eggplant with Blue Crabs, a Haitian dish loved by many. Crab cooked in a mixture of eggplant, tomato and spices.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Course Main Course, Main Dishes
Cuisine Caribbean
Calories 1194 kcal


  • 8 medium Blue Crabs cleaned
  • 2 tablespoons Sour Orange Juice
  • 1 tablespoon Fresh Lime or Lemon Juice
  • 1 tablespoon Salt kosher or sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon Fresh Garlic minced
  • 1 small whole hot pepper habanero or scotch bonnet - seeds removed and sliced
  • 1 teaspoon Fresh Ground Black Pepper
  • 4 medium Eggplants skin removed and cubed into 1 inch pieces
  • 4 - 6 cups Water
  • 1 tablespoon Tomato Paste
  • 2 medium Onions sliced
  • 2 cups Tomatoes diced
  • 1 Bouquet Garni parsley and thyme
  • 3 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 cup Water reserved from boiled eggplant
  • 2 medium Green Bell Peppers diced
  • 2 medium Red Bell Peppers diced
  • 1 large Carrot sliced or diced


  • Clean the crabs. You may follow these instructions http://www.bluecrab.info/cbyc.html or use your own technics to clean the crabs. Also remove the tips of the legs. Rinse the crabs in water and vinegar or lemon juice with water. Add to a large bowl and marinate with lime juice, sour orange juice, black pepper, salt, garlic, and hot pepper.
  • In a large pot over medium heat, bring water to a boil and add eggplant cubes. Cook until soft. Remove from water and mash with a masher or a fork. Reserve 1 - 2 cups of eggplant water.
  • In a large pan, heat oil, add tomato paste and mix with oil. Add onions and fry for about 1 minute. Add tomatoes and mix well with onions mixture. Add peppers, carrot and bouquet garni and cook for about 1 - 2 minutes. Add mashed eggplant and cook for 2 minutes while stirring. Add crabs, stir to mix and cook uncovered for 20 - 25 minutes stirring occasionally. Additional salt and pepper to taste.


Eggplant with Blue Crab can be served with rice or root vegetables such as yucca, plantains, manioc or yams.
You may add seafood seasoning if you prefer.
You may also add other types of seafood, but be careful with the texture.


Calories: 1194kcalCarbohydrates: 187gProtein: 33gFat: 49gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gMonounsaturated Fat: 31gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 7432mgPotassium: 6795mgFiber: 80gSugar: 103gVitamin A: 22821IUVitamin C: 612mgCalcium: 702mgIron: 20mg

Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on the products used.

Keyword Legumes, seafood recipes, soft crab dish, Vegetable Stew
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