Crab con Kalabasa

Crab con Kalabasa
I sometimes received recipes, suggestions or alternative ingredients and cooking methods to some of my recipe, and even photos cooked by readers. From now on I will be posting some of those recipes, so send me now a recipe of your favorite dish, including picture please indicate that you are willing to share the recipe and I will publish them here at OPC.

Here’s one recipe send by Ansherina and avid reader, called Crab con Kalabasa, her version of ginataang alimasag with squash. She preferred that the squash should be mashed to form a thick creamy sauce for the dish. Sure enough the dish looks appealing with all that yellow and orange color of the dish. According to her it is definitely very yummy. Judging from her method of cooking and by the looks of the dish photo it’s sure is yummy.

Ang una kong ginawa ay pinakuluan ko muna ang crabs at nilagyan ko ng asin, yung tamang timpla lang para magkaalat tapos kapag nakuluan or naluto na ay iset aside mo muna ang crabs. Igisa ang bawang, sibuyas, luya at isunod ang crab. Pag nagisa na ilagay ang pangalawang piga ng gata, pag kumulo na ay ilagay ang kalabasa hayaang kumulo at kapag malambot na ang kalabasa ay durugin ito hanggang sa maging pino. Pagkatapos ay ibuhos ang unang gata ng niyog at timplahan ng asin at saka maggie magic para lalong sumarap. Hayaang kumulo at maging malapot ng konti. Mas magugustuhan ito ng mga bata, at saka nakakaganang kumain kasi maraming kanin ang makakain, dahil sa linamnam ng pinong kalabasa.”

To translate for the benefit of other readers here’s how I interpreted it;

First, boil (or steam) the crabs with salt to taste, keep aside. Suttee the crabs in garlic, ginger and onion. Add in the second extraction of coconut milk, let boil. Now add the squash and simmer until the squash soften and starts to disintegrate. Mash the squash further by pressing the softened squash against the bottom or wall of the pan. Now pour in the concentrated first extract of coconut milk, season with salt to taste and Maggie Magic Mix for a yummier result. Continue to simmer until the sauce thickens to a creamy consistency. The kids really like it and will have the appetite to eat more because of the tasty mashed squash.

I will try this recipe in the future to give you the exact measurements of the ingredients. As per the description, quantities are approximate which is typical to most Pinoy cooking.

Thanks for sharing Ansherina.

See other Ginataang Crabs and Prawns recipes:

Ginataang Alimango with Malungay
Ginataang Alimasag at Malungay
Ginataang Alimasag with Labong
Ginataang Alimasag with Sotanghon
Ginataang Langka na may Alimasag
Ginataang Alimasag
Ginataang King Crabs, King Crabs in Coconut Milk
Ginataang Pitik, Slipper Lobsters
Ginataang Pitik with Spinach
Kinunot na Alimasag

Ginataang Hipon Tabang at Bulaklak ng Kalabasa
Ginataang Langka with Sugpo
Ginataang Sugpo at Kalabasa
Ginataang Sugpo at Kamias
Ginataang Puso ng Saging at Hipon
Ginataang Hipon


  1. We are a family of certified carnivores - more the merrier. I have been following Filipino cookery on and off and this crab -squash dish looks very good. Shall be trying it out. Kudos to Pinoy Cooking.

  2. I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


  3. Hi Skylandscutlery and Sherin, Thank you, welcome to OPC.


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