While Pakbet Tagalog and Ginataang Alimasag(coconut-stewed crabs) are two distinct Filipino recipes, Ludwig uniquely combined these two in one recipe, which is interesting. Pakbet is Ilocos region’s original dish which mainly contains vegetables including eggplants, bitter melon(Ampalaya) and summer squash. So, instead of separately cooking them, Ludwig combined them with coconut milk and obviously snow crabs(alimasag) and spices. The dish turned out great! Let’s call this Ginataang Alimasag sa Pakbet vegetable mix.

Ingredients: 4-6 servings

2 lbs. of fresh alimasag(blue crabs)
2 pouches of coconut milk
1 1/2 lbs. ready-to-cook Pakbet vegetable mix
1 tsp of salt
1 tsp ground black peppers
2 cloves of garlic chopped & diced
1 pc red onion, chopped & diced
2 sachets of Magic Sarap seasoning

Cooking Procedure:

  1. Wash and clean alimasag(blue crabs) pieces. Set aside.
  2. On a large cooking pan, combine and immerge all the ingredients including crabs into the coconut milk. Start the stove heat at medium to high, and bring coconut mixture into a boil.
  3. Let it simmer for 15 minutes, while occasionally stirring until the coconut milk thickens. Add the pakbet vegetable mix, stir to thoroughly combine ingredients, and leave it to simmer for another 10 minutes, as you continue to stir occasionally.
  4. When all ingredients are cooked(crabs completely orange in color), and coconut milk is almost oily-dry and thickened, remove Ginataang Alimasag(coconut-stewed crabs) sa Pakbet vegetable mix from the heat. Serve it hot with steamed rice.

Note: If interested, also check out Janis’s Pakbet Ilocano recipe at https://filipinoeggrolls.com/2021/03/19/pinakbet-ilocano/.

Combine Crabs Along with Spices in Coconut Milk Prior to Cooking

Apply Vegetables Last in the Cooking Process