Indonesian Omelet with Crab

omelet with crab

We are enjoying Beb Vuyk’s chapter “egg dishes” immensely. This is her recipe for an omelet with crab, but I couldn’t find a canned crab here in Holland. Have to look better.

Dutch shrimps

I think Dutch shrimp is an excellent alternative to crab. Dutch shrimps are full of flavor, tender and small; almost just like crabmeat.

Indonesian Omelet with Crab #332 translated from Beb Vuyk’s Groot Indonesisch Kookboek, page 277.


  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons canned crab
  • 4 tablespoons of water
  • 2 tablespoons oil


  • 1/2 teaspoon of ginger powder
  • 1 tablespoon of chopped celery, chives or a mixture of both
  • pepper
  • salt
  1. Beat the eggs with water, pepper, salt, ginger powder, celery and crabmeat.
  2. Bake an omelet in the usual way.
  3. Roll it up, cut it into strips of 2 to 3 cm and serve it with a chili sauce (available in bottles).

Dutch shrimps

See how lovely my Dutch shrimps look. I have garlic chives left from my vegetable garden, so that goes perfectly with my crab (shrimp) omelet.

I do exactly as Beb suggests in her recipe. I add everything (eggs, water, pepper, salt, ginger powder, celery, and my shrimp) into a bowl and mix well with a fork.


I pour this into a pan in which two tablespoons of oil have already been heated. I let this cook slowly on low heat. I don’t turn the omelet.

I want the inside to remain juicy. I am not so fond of omelette when it is fried on both sides. I carefully roll the omelet in the pan with two wooden spoons.

I let this cook for a while until the inside is done. The shrimp only need to be heated because they were already cooked.

When my omelet is ready, I let it slide on a plate and cut it into wide strips just before serving (then it has cooled down a bit and can easily be cut).

 I get inspiration from this omelet and want to continue immediately with the omelet with coconut shavings or a sambal goreng of omelet. These recipes are coming soon. For now you can enjoy my egg dish overview here; there are also vegetarian versions.

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