Crab Rice Porridge Recipe

1+ year Toddler-friendly recipe

  • Great for diversifying baby’s palate.

  • Promotes bone health

  • Simple to make

Thailand is popular for seafood and in this recipe I am using a blue crab and chicken broth over steamed rice. Crabs naturally high in minerals such as calcium, phosphorus and copper, essential elements to growing strong bones. For most babies, doctors recommend waiting until 9 months to introduce fish (like sole or salmon) and 12 months before trying shellfish (like shrimp, clams, and crabs). That’s because these, particularly shellfish, are among the top foods that cause allergies — and waiting until your baby’s immune system is more developed can reduce his risk of a reaction.

Crab Health Benefits for Babies

Promotes Strong Bones

Calcium and phosphorus are the most commonly found minerals in the body and essential elements for teeth and bones. Fortunately, crabs have good amounts of both, vital for the growing baby’s needs.

Mental Activity

With a range nutrients including copper, Vitamin B2, and omega-3 fatty acids, all of which are essential for healthy cognition and activity in the nervous system. By strengthening myelin and protecting the nervous system, while also reducing inflammation and plaque in neural pathways.

Boosts Immunity

From watching Jaycob, babies are like magnets to bacterial infections and I find it very important to help strengthen his immune system. Selenium, found in crab meat, has been directly linked to stimulating immune system activity, and also acts as an antioxidant to protect the body from chronic diseases.


Serves: 1

  • 1 steamed blue crab
  • 1 bowl of steamed rice
  • 2 cups of chicken stock
  • 2 spring onion root heads
  • 2 celery root heads
  • 1 coriander root head
  • 2 chopped shallots
  • chopped coriander and celery leaves


COOKWARE – 16cm cast iron pot

Preparation – Start by cooking the rice and steaming the crab. I’m using part white jasmine rice and part quinoa in my rice cooker. Steam the crab for 15 minutes. Chop and clean spring onion root, celery root, coriander root, shallots, and ginger.

Everything in the pot – Once your crab is done, take apart the shell, pincers, and legs, carefully removing the meat and eggs(coral). Remove and discard the lungs of the crab.

I recommend not adding any salt or seasoning for infants to get them to enjoy the natural flavors. Similarly with toddlers, you don’t have to use much salt.

Crab Rice Porridge Recipe Instructions

Keep the crab meat and eggs aside, everything else goes into the pot, add 2 cups of chicken broth and boil for about 30 minutes.

Crab Rice Porridge Recipe Instructions

Once done, sieve out all ingredients, leaving only the broth.

Crab Rice Porridge Recipe Instructions

Pour the broth over the rice.

Crab Rice Porridge Recipe Instructions-pour broth over rice

Top with crab meat, crab egg, coriander, celery, and enjoy!

Crab Rice Porridge Recipe Instructions-top with crab meat

Simple and easy recipe but also delicious for the whole family.

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