Spicy Crab and Chili Noodles

Spicy Crab and Chili Noodles

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This is one of those situations where if someone were to inopportunely walk into your kitchen, it is entirely possible that they might find you huddled over the container of noodles, shoveling in with white knuckled chopsticks. Or, well, your fingers.

Spicy Crab and Chili Noodles

But it is hard to apologize for doing something like that, or even bothering to get too red in the face, because these are truly worth it.

Spicy Crab and Chili Noodles

I know that they are so super simple (undoubtedly part of their appeal to me!) but sometimes simple is best…

Spicy Crab and Chili Noodles

Just these very thin rice noodles (my favorite) and a sour, spicy and salty sauce combined with fresh chives and sweet Dungeness crab meat. Perfection.

Spicy Crab and Chili Noodles

I totally went for the bowl all at once, but I also think that this would be lovely as a cold salad with small helpings perched in little lettuce cups. Oh jeez… I gotta get to the fridge for more…

Spicy Crab and Chili Noodles


Recipe: Spicy Crab and Chili Noodles


  • 8 ounces rice stick noodles
  • 1 tablespoons sambal (garlic-chili sauce)
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce (I used gluten free)
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • ¼ cup chives, minced
  • ½ cup picked Dungeness crab


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the Rice Stick Noodles to the boiling water and cook stirring often for about 3-4 minutes.
  2. While the rice noodles are cooking, in a medium bowl whisk together the sambal, soy, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil and chives.
  3. Drain the noodles and then add them to the sauce. Toss the noodles with the sauce and then gently fold in the crab meat.
  4. Serve with extra fresh chives for garnish.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 5 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 2

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  1. Tieghan says:

    Oh my gosh, I would so be the girl hovering over the noodle container if it contained these. I need some now please!

  2. I have a massive shellfish allergy and I’d still love to shovel this in :) Beautiful, Heather! Pinned

    • gah!!! Sorry Averie, I always think of you now when I post these shellfish recipes- so sorry!!!

  3. So gorgeous, I just wish I wasn’t allergic to crab!

  4. If you already had the crab on hand, my gosh you could whip this up in like 10 minutes if unexpected guests stop by around dinner time. Would make you look like a rockstar domestic goddess.

    • Right Kelley!? It totally would and it is just so delicious!

  5. Jenny Flake says:

    Fabulous!! Love everything about this dish :)

  6. Maria says:

    Love noodle dishes! Great dinner idea!

  7. Looks so scrumptious!!

  8. Amanda says:

    These noodles looks absolutely delicious. There is no shame shoveling food in your mouth over the sink – that is where the best eating happens.

    • HAHA!!! I love that you said that Amanda- I am slightly less ashamed of myself now!

  9. Yes please!! Love this recipe Heather ~ spicy crab, yum!

  10. cheri says:

    This is a beautiful dish in so many ways, lovely presentation!

  11. naomi says:

    I want a huge bowl of this!

  12. Jan says:

    Heather, I am allergic to garlic, so the Sambal is definitely out for me. What would you suggest to replace it?

    • How about sriracha Jan? Or if you feel ambitious and lazy at the same time you could even make like a little sauce in a mini food processor or finely chop by hand a fresh red chili and a little onion and oil and salt. That would give a similar texture. Will you let me know what you try? Pia, my daughter is allergic to garlic too, so I will be excited to hear what works.

  13. Jan says:

    Also, what are the delicate lavender flowers you used for garnish?

  14. collette says:


  15. No judgements here -I would be going after this bowl face first!!

    • thanks Megan :) it feels great to have a little solidarity in the pigging out! lol!

  16. one word.. yum! i definitely could grab a bowl of this right about now. love it!

  17. Redawna says:

    Looks spectacular! Simple yet perfect.
    I must now try and locate some crab.

  18. Is it strange that I’m craving these at 6am? Crab noodles for breakfast is totally a thing, right?

  19. Tina says:

    Hi! I am LOVING your blog! I just watched Cutthroat this morning (which brought me here.) Congrats! Quick Question: I’m allergic to sesame so I’m wondering what I could use to replace it because I am always cooking Asian? Yum!
    Thank you kindly,
    Tina from PEI, Canada