Halabos na Alimasag, Steam Crabs

Halabos na Alimasag
Halabos na Alimasag, Steam Crabs is a special dish to most Pinoys including in our home for the reason that crabs are more expensive than the other seafoods. Halabos is a method cooking or steaming shelled seafoods with its own juices. It is usually seasoned with just salt and garlic with 7up or sprite as an option. I have about a kilo each of blue crabs and green grabs I just purchased from the local seafood cooperative market which I cooked halabos style.

Steam Crabs

Just looking the vibrant atomic red color of steamed crabs indicates a fiesta meal to enjoy. Crabs are best eaten with bare hands. Halabos na alimasag is serve with vinegar garlic dip spiced with hot chili peppers. Here is the recipe of my simple Halabos na Alimasag, Steam Crabs. Watch out your cholesterol level.


Halabos na Alimasag - Blue Crab

Halabos na Alimasag - Green Crab

1 kilo blue or green crabs
1/2 garlic crushed
1/2 cup 7up or Sprite
salt to taste

Cooking procedure:

Remove the belly flap of each crab and was thoroughly, drain and keep aside. In a large pot pour the 7up or Sprite, add in the garlic and the crabs. Season with a dash with a pinch of salt. Cover pot and bring to a boil and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. Turn off heat and keep pot covered a let the remaining heat and steam cook the crabs for about 10 minutes. Serve with vinegar, garlic and chili dip.

See other halabos and crab recipe:


  1. Yummy! this is still my all time favorite to eat crabs. you are so lucky you found blue crabs! They're almost too pretty to eat :)

  2. Hi JMom,
    They sure are beautiful.


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