Crab Xacuti - Pacific Seafood

Crab Xacuti

Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins


1 pound Dungeness Crab meat – Buy Here!
1 tablespoon coriander seed
1 tablespoon black peppercorns
6 cloves
8 cardamom pods, or 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 tablespoon turmeric
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 teaspoons fenugreek (optional)
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 medium onions, 1 chopped and 1 sliced
2 cloves of garlic cloves, minced
3 chiles, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh ginger, minced
1 14- ounce can of coconut milk
1/4 cup grated coconut, fresh preferred
1 tablespoon tamarind paste
1/3 cup chopped cilantro


  1. Make the sauce by toasting coriander, peppercorns, cloves and cardamom pods in a dry skillet until they are fragrant and the coriander just begins to pop. Remove from heat and let cool before grinding in a mortar or spice grinder. Mix with turmeric, cumin and fenugreek.
  2. Saute the chopped onion, the ginger, and the chiles in the same pan with the oil until soft. Do not let brown. Add garlic and cook for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Remove onion mixture from heat and put it into a blender. Add the spice mix with 1/4 cup of water. Blend until smooth.
  4. Pour coconut milk into a pot and heat it over medium-high heat until it simmers. Add sliced onion and grated coconut and let cook for 4 minutes. Add mixture from the blender and mix well, then add the tamarind paste and mix once more.
  5. Mix in the crab meat and cook until just heated, about 3 minutes. Stir in chopped cilantro and serve over rice.
  6. Enjoy!