Chilli Crab Recipe


Spice Up Your Culinary Adventures:

Download This Irresistible Chilli Crab Recipe


There’s something incredibly satisfying about indulging in fresh seafood, especially when it comes to the iconic and flavorsome Chilli Crab dish. Picture yourself relishing each mouthwatering bite of succulent crab meat soaked in a tantalizing blend of spices. To make this experience even more memorable, we have a downloadable version of our Chilli Crab recipe that you can enjoy at your convenience. And for an extraordinary twist, imagine preparing this delectable meal onboard one of our luxurious houseboats, using the freshest mud crabs caught from the Gold Coast waterways. Get ready to embark on a culinary adventure like no other!

  1. The Pleasure of Freshness:

    The crabbing-crew hard at work aboard the Kea Lea.
    The crabbing-crew hard at work aboard the Kea Lea Houseboat.

When it comes to seafood, freshness is key. And what better way to ensure that freshness than by starting with mud crabs sourced directly from the pristine waterways of the Gold Coast? The brackish estuaries and mangrove-lined creeks are home to these delectable crustaceans, renowned for their sweet and delicate meat. By obtaining fresh mud crabs, you’re setting the stage for an exceptional Chilli Crab experience that showcases the finest flavors nature has to offer.

  1. Onboard Houseboat Cooking:

Imagine the joy of preparing your Chilli Crab feast while cruising along the picturesque waterways of the Gold Coast on one of our luxurious houseboats. As you navigate through stunning scenery, the aroma of the crab mingling with the spices creates an irresistible ambiance. With a fully-equipped kitchen and spacious dining area onboard, you have everything you need to turn your houseboat into a floating culinary haven. Let the gentle sway of the water inspire your cooking as you create a meal that will linger in your memories.

  1. Downloadable Chilli Crab Recipe:

To help you embark on your culinary adventure, we are thrilled to offer you a downloadable version of Mark’s irresistible Chilli Crab recipe. This comprehensive guide provides step-by-step instructions, highlighting the key techniques and flavor profiles that make this dish truly exceptional. From selecting the freshest ingredients to mastering the art of balancing the spices, this recipe will empower you to create a Chilli Crab masterpiece in the comfort of your own kitchen.

  1. Sharing the Experience:

    Fresh crab onboard Blue Sky Houseboat
    Fresh crab onboard Blue Sky Houseboat

Food has a remarkable way of bringing people together, and we encourage you to share your Chilli Crab adventures with your loved ones. Whether it’s hosting a dinner party featuring your homemade Chilli Crab or inviting friends and family for a delightful meal onboard your houseboat, these moments create lasting memories. Swap stories, laughter, and indulge in the shared pleasure of savoring this iconic seafood delight.


Unlock a world of flavors with our downloadable Chilli Crab recipe and experience the incomparable joy of preparing and savoring this dish using fresh mud crabs from the Gold Coast waterways. Whether you choose to cook it in the comfort of your home or onboard one of our luxurious houseboats, this culinary adventure promises to delight your senses and create cherished memories. Download our recipe now, gather your loved ones, and embark on a flavorful journey you won’t soon forget.



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Cook That Thing On Your Hook!

Fresh fish and chips taste completely different from the cardboard filled cups of soggy chips or paper wrapped greasy fish and chip dishes you buy from your local takeaway. I know that there are some great takeaway places who can produce amazing fish and chip dishes, but seriously, if you can catch, clean and cook a fish within an hour, you will not believe the difference in the taste! 

I am salivating as I type this for you, and I may just need to go and put a line in the water so I can enjoy this dish for dinner tonight! Just follow the 5 steps below and you can experience the magic of this taste bud tantalising delicacy yourself.

Step One:

Head to Coomera Houseboats and book in the best vessel for your fishing adventure. Check out the recipe below and make sure you take the couple of ingredients that you will need – except for the flathead, as it is almost guaranteed that you will reel in the biggest, tastiest flathead on the Gold Coast!

Step Two:

Make sure you bring your fishing rods or grab a couple for your crew at our bait and tackle shop on-site. We also sell the best bait and accessories to ensure that the local fish bite! 

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Step Three:

Untie your houseboat, put on your captain’s hat and head out to one of the best fishing spots around. 

The fishing and crabbing on the Gold Coast is great! One of the features of our magnificent cruising area is the abundant fish and crab life that inhabit our waterways and are available to you – if you can catch them.

Step Four:

So, for today’s mouth-sized morsels you now need to catch the best flathead around. Easier said than done? Not at all!

Speak to our staff when you arrive and they can give you hints and tips on how and where to catch a good size flathead for your dinner. You can also ask the staff at the bait and tackle shop on site when you are buying all the necessities you need for a victorious fishing trip.

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Step Five:

OK, you have the equipment, you have circled the best flathead fishing spots on the Coomera Houseboats Cruising Map, everyone is aboard, and the frying pan is at the ready…. Look out flathead, here we come!

After a relaxing hour or so motoring to your secret fishing spot, throwing the lines in the water, and having a lovely beverage or two (except for the captain who is, of course, completely sober and in control of the vessel) …  you have done all the hard work and the flathead has been caught, cleaned and is ready to cook!

“But” you say loudly, “How do we cook this thing on our hook?” This is the easiest part of the day! Here is my tried and true, easiest ever and most mouth-watering recipe for fresh flathead fillets and crispy potato wedges.

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Fresh Flathead Fillets and Crispy Potato Wedges


  • Baby potatoes
  • 4 garlic cloves, unpeeled and bruised (or garlic and herb seasoning)
  • Salt & pepper
  • Olive oil
  • An amazing flathead, freshly caught and expertly filleted, cut into thick strips
  • Flour
  • 1 tablespoon chopped chives (optional)


1. Preheat your houseboat oven to 210°C. 

2. Cut the potatoes into wedges and microwave on a microwaveable plate for 4 minutes.

3. Transfer potato to a baking tray lined with non-stick baking paper. 

4. Add the garlic, (or garlic and herb seasoning) and sprinkle generously with salt, pepper and drizzle with a little olive oil. 

5. Bake in a preheated oven for 15 minutes (while your flathead is cooking) or until crispy and golden.

6. Toss the flathead fillets in a little flour, salt and pepper, and shake off any excess. 

7. Heat a non-stick frying pan with a little olive oil and cook the fish in batches for 4 minutes or until golden and cooked through.

8. If desired, sprinkle the chives over the potato and serve immediately with the fish. 

And … there you go, the easiest, tastiest dinner for your family, just like that!

Now that you are salivating and wanting to taste amazing fish for yourself, head over to our website, choose the best vessel for your fishing adventure and book it.

Make sure you send us pics of your mouth-watering flathead dinner dishes that you have created aboard one of our Coomera Houseboat vessels. Happy sailing (and cooking!).