Seafood Kare-Kare Recipe

This creamy peanut sauce goes with anything!

Kare-kare is the ultimate Filipino stew! It’s hearty, thick, and amazingly enough, easy to make. What’s fantastic about it that the savory and nutty kare-kare sauce can be used with almost anything, and so of course we’re adding in seafood to make seafood kare-kare!

Learning how to cook seafood kare-kare allows you to celebrate the abundance that the Philippine islands can provide. Different kinds of seafood can be used in this recipe but crabs, prawns, fish, and tahong are just some of the different kinds of seafood you can add to this indulgent seafood kare-kare recipe.

seafood kare-kare in a black bowl, topped with crabs, shrimps, mussels or tahong, and cream dory
Just look at the different kinds of seafood you can add to this dish to make it even more appetizing. 
Photo by Majoy Siason


Seafood Kare-Kare Recipe

Stephanie Cueva
This creamy peanut sauce goes with anything!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Resting Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine Filipino
Servings 4


Seafood Kare-Kare Ingredients

  • 6 cups water
  • 2 pieces mud crabs (alimango)
  • 4 pieces Prawns (Sugpo)
  • 8 pieces green mussels (tahong)
  • 1 piece cream dory fillet
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1 tablespoon atsuete seeds
  • 1 medium red onion chopped
  • 6 cloves Garlic crushed
  • 1/4 Cup peanut butter sweet and creamy
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch dissolved in 2 teaspoons water
  • 1 bundle sitaw (string beans)
  • 1 piece banana blossom (Puso ng saging) sliced diagonally
  • 1 medium eggplant sliced diagonally
  • 1 bundle pechay
  • Salt to taste
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • shrimp paste (bagoong) to serve


  • In a large pot with a steamer insert over medium heat, bring the water to a boil. Season with salt and pepper. Steam the seafood. Once cooked, cut the crabs in half. Slice the cream dory into big cubes. Set aside. Reserve the steaming liquid.
  • Meanwhile, heat oil in a large pot then saute the annato seeds for 2 minutes until the oil acquires a deep reddish-orange color. Strain out seeds. Saute onions and garlic until onions are translucent. Add water or steaming liquid.
  • Stir in peanut butter, salt, and pepper to taste. If using, mix cornstarch and water together then add to the pot to thicken. Stir and cook until thickened.
  • Add the string beans, banana heart, and eggplants, and simmer until these are half cooked. Add the steamed seafood except for cream dory. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Add the cream dory and pechay. Simmer for another 5 minutes. Serve with bagoong (shrimp paste) on the side.
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