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Chilean Homemade Crab Pie Recipe
Chilean Homemade Crab Pie Recipe

Crab pie is one of the classic dishes of the Chilean coast, becoming increasingly popular in kitchens across the country, delicious and nutritious.

How to make homemade Crab Pie?

Crab, a readily available crustacean in Chile, whether fresh, processed, or frozen, is always easily found in any market or supermarket in the country.

Nutritional Information

Category: Main Dishes
Cuisine: Chilean
Calories: 350
Vitamins: A, B1, B6, B12, D
Minerals: Phosphorus, Calcium
Preparation: 30 minutes
Cooking: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 people

Chilean Crab Pie recipe


  • 500 g of shredded crab meat
  • 300 ml of milk
  • 150 ml of cream
  • 100 g of butter
  • 8 crab legs
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 marraquetas (Chilean bread rolls)
  • 1 large onion
  • Grated Parmesan cheese
  • Aji de color (red chili pepper paste)
  • Merkén (smoked chili pepper seasoning)
  • Sea salt
  • Pepper


  1. Peel and finely chop the onion and garlic into small cubes and set aside.
  2. In a medium skillet, heat and melt 50 grams of butter. Add the chopped onion and garlic, and sauté over medium heat until the onion becomes translucent. Season with salt and add Aji de color or Merkén to taste.
  3. Crumble the marraquetas and soak them in a bowl with milk for about 15 minutes. Press the bread to remove excess milk while keeping a high level of moisture. Discard any hard pieces of crust. The final consistency of the pie will depend on this step.
  4. Carefully shred the crab meat, removing any remaining bits of shell, and mix it with the soaked bread and the sautéed onion. Add the cream and 3 or 4 tablespoons of grated cheese. Taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary.
  5. Preheat the oven to 180°C (356°F) for at least 10 minutes.
  6. Place the mixture into 6 small clay molds, approximately 10 cm in diameter. Cover with grated Parmesan cheese and butter. Arrange the molds on a baking tray and place them in the preheated oven for about 15 minutes. Then increase the temperature to 200°C (392°F) to brown the top of the pie. Remove from the oven and let it rest for a minute.
  7. Serve the crab pie immediately, piping hot, and garnish with the remaining crab legs.

Crab Pie in the Thermomix

  1. Place the crab legs in a pot with water and salt, cook until tender, drain, shred, and set aside.
  2. In the Thermomix, place the marraquetas and chop for a few seconds at speed 8. Remove and set aside. Without washing the Thermomix, add the onion and garlic and chop for a few seconds at speed 5.
  3. Add the butter and set the Thermomix to 100°C for 5 minutes at speed 1. Add the shredded crab meat, milk, cream, Aji de color, Merkén, salt, and pepper to taste. Set the Thermomix to 90°C for 15 minutes at speed 1.
  4. In an ovenproof dish, layer the crab mixture, sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese, and a layer of breadcrumbs. Repeat until all the ingredients are used up, finishing with a layer of Parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs on top. Place in the preheated oven at 180°C (356°F) for 25 minutes.

Tips for preparing Crab Pie

If you use frozen crab meat, thaw it in the refrigerator for about 24 hours, then drain any excess liquid.

Did you know?

Crabs are crustaceans that live on sandy, rocky, and algae-covered seafloors, distributed all along the Chilean coast.


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