Curacha is famous in Mindanao, especially in Zamboanga. It’s a spanner crab or red frog crab, a crustacean hybrid native to the waters of Zamboanga and Sulu. It can be cooked with sauce or steamed.


  • 1 kilo curacha (redfrog crab or spanner crab)
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 Tbsp. sea salt or rock salt
  • 1 cup sprite or 7-Up
  1. How to cook Halabos na Curacha:
  2. Wash the curacha in running water and use toothbrush to clean the shells if necessary. Drain.
  3. Put the curacha in a cooking pot or medium size wok. Sprinkle with salt, pour the sprite or 7-up and butter.
  4. Bring to a boil than simmer until the curacha is cooked and almost all the liquid has evaporated.

Transfer to a serving dish and serve.




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