Tortang alimango or alimasag is the Filipino version of world famous crab omelet. Crab omelet, simply put, is sauteed crab meat with potatoes cooked in crab shell. This kind of dish is usually eaten with steamed hot rice and dipped in ketchup. Crab omelet or tortang alimasag is a bit of time consuming in terms of cooking and preparation, but the taste of it make it worthwhile to prepare and cook.
Not your traditional omelet, nor are they like the crab cakes, they’re usually eaten with rice and dipped in ketchup.
They are also quite tedious to make, so you might say, “I’d rather eat the crab as it is than make them into tortang alimasag.”
- 3-5 tbsp of oil
- 1 eggplant
- 1 bell pepper
- 1 potato
- 1 carrot
- 1 onion
- 6 cloves garlic
- 2 tomatoes
- 125 g crab meat
- 4 eggs
- 2 packets of quesillo
- sprigs of cilantro or wansoy
- Singe and burn the skins of the eggplant and bell pepper. Remove the skin, discard and roughly chop the flesh.
- Cut the potato and carrots into ¼-inch cubes, parboil for 5 minutes, drain completely. Roughly chop the onion, garlic and tomato.
- Beat the eggs. In a skillet, sauté the onion, garlic, and tomatoes in hot oil. After about 3 minutes, add the cubed potatoes and carrots. Continue cooking until the potatoes turn brown on the edges, then include the chopped eggplant, bell pepper and crab meat into the mix.
- Season with patis and pepper. Cook for another 5 minutes while gently turning. Distribute the mixture evenly in the pan and create some holes and air pockets for the egg to settle.
- Pour the egg into the pan and gently distribute the beaten egg around the pan before it sets. Lower the flame to half, so the egg doesn’t cook very fast and burn.
- Turn on the top grill of your oven to high. Make sure to leave the door of your oven open.
- Slice the quesillo in four parts and distribute around the top of the egg. Garnish with cilantro or wansoy and crack some fresh pepper.
- Place in the grill until the eggs are set and the quesillo slightly melts. Serve with rice or pandesal Alternatively, you can use oyster, ground beef or any vegetables of your choice.