Alimango (Mud Crab)

Alimango (Mud Crab) Scylla serrata are originally mangrove dwellers but now widely farmed in ponds with brackish water. They are plentiful in the remaining mangrove areas around the country and range in size from tiny babies to the giants at about 1 kilo a piece. alimango1 They have medium to firm textured meat with a delicate sweet flavor that I find absolutely delicious. They have much thicker shells than the blue or orange shelled crabs that seem to have more delicate meat. They can be prepared steamed with lots of old bay seasoning, or steamed plain and served with lemon butter, stir-fried with garlic and oil, cooked with chili and tomatoes, fried into crab cakes, etc.

In my formative years, my family had a healthy supply of superb alimango, the by-product of a Lucena fishpond/prawn farm experiment gone haywire. All of the pricey black tiger prawns raised in the ponds were being munched on by alimango adolescents that had snuck in from the nearby river… As the intruders grew up on this smorgasborg of black prawns, they in turn became the prized catch of the pond when harvest time rolled around. All of these fat alimango were packed up nicely and made the trip to our kitchen in Manila.

I never cooked crab until my mid-thirties. It just seemed so bothersome to clean and prep them. So I satisfied my cravings with restaurant Maryland-style crab cakes and restaurant chilli crab dishes. That is, until a few years ago, when I discovered just how easy and delicious homemade chilli crab can be. It has since become a signature dish in our household.

I only buy large 600-1,000 gram live crabs that are still spunky. If they don’t try to lunge at me when i make poking movements at their beady eyes I take that as a sign that they are near death and thus less fresh than they could be. Recent prices in the markets range from P250-350 per kilo, with females pricier than males due to the added bonus of fat crab roe (the orange coral that is pure cholesterol, I think). “Gay” crabs are priced somewhat in the middle of the range – but no one has really been able to explain what these are… if I recall correctly, a recent newspaper article surmised that they were males with eggs…let’s not go there, shall we? Aesthetically, crabs seem more balanced when they have both claws but it really doesn’t matter. In fact, you can get a much better price on one-clawed specimens as they have probably failed to get themselves exported to Hong Kong or Tokyo. I have been able to get good crabs from the FTI weekend market in Taguig, Seaside Mart in Baclaran and in Batangas markets. I recently saw two crab vendors at the Market!Market! mall and they were asking P450 a kilo for crabs when they could be had elsewhere for just P350 or less… what a rip-off! And you have to pay for parking too.

To clean the crabs, ask your brilliant cook if s/he knows how, and if yes, you are truly in luck! Otherwise, it is a royal pain in the neck. You brush the outside of the crabs until clean. alimango pieces You find a soft spot on it’s belly and plunge a knife through it to kill it while it writhes with pain. You open it up and remove the hairy lungs/gills and entrails, dismember the body, etc. In our household, there are at least three people who can clean crabs and prep them for cooking. I simply refuse. Some things I can but don’t have to do… Once clean, you can cut the main body into four pieces + the two claws. Please see third photo of clean dismembered crab. This is now ready for cooking. Be careful when handling live crab. Always keep their claws tied. A crab bite is not funny. The biggest crabs could probably sever a fingertip if truly annoyed.

Please check the recipe section in a week or so for chilli crab a la marketman and/or a crab cake recipe.


155 Responses

  1. I would just like to know possible markets for alimango and how much is the price.



  2. Most wet markets in Metro Manila have alimango vendors. The biggest selection seems to be at Seaside in Baclaran. You can get all sizes and prices range from PHP300 to PHP450 a kilo in normal times (holidays and xmas are more). You can also get them in FTI, guadalupe, Market!Market!, etc. On the roadside to Baguio you can buy big ones for PHP250+ per kilo. Sometimes people bring me alimango from Palawan that arrive still very alive and huge ones that I am told cost only PHP120-150 a kilo at the source… I guess the answer is lots of places…

  3. looking for possible buyers of alimango crablets coz i want to sell alimango crablets for those who are into mud crabs raiser or fatttener business

  4. hi. i would like to get into the crab and lobster business. my source, the supply will be coming from mindanao. where could i possibly supply them? thanks.

  5. I hope you are flying them in alive…otherwise what would be your advantage? I suppose you could sell them in a market or to a restaurant…

  6. Dear Marketman,

    We are looking for a market/buyer of mud crab and we are situated in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi Province. If you are interested please send us your kind respond with specification of the mentioned marine product.

    We hope to hearing from you soon.

    Thank you.

    Best regards,

    Mr. S. Karim
    Mobile No. 0927-9101938

  7. We are looking for a market/buyer of mud crabs from Bongao, Tawi-Tawi if interested please send your specific requirements. Thanks, ZCHAUN AQUAMARINE TRADING 0927-9101938

  8. im looking for a buyer of king crabs. my fishpond is in masbate. email me if ur interested.. thanks for this website.

  9. i am interested in buying crabs from zchaun aquamarine trading do you have an e-mail add mr.karim so we could talk about the it possible to transport the crabs from tawi-tawi to manila alive?tnks

  10. im looking for a mud crab (alimango) buyer specialy in Cebu & fishpond is located here in Calbayog City Samar.. thanks..pls e-mail me if your interested…God Bless..

  11. I have a buyer of king crabs from 750grams,up no limit contact me @ 09212908290 or 09224710243

  12. sir rainer im enterested on your king crab heres my cel 09159480762 im in cebu mail me at i need 2tons per week lets talk about the price just txt ok.. also people out there its open to all suppliers… just kidly text ok.

  13. sir i have been reading the comments in your posts, i am a commercial shellfisherman in the uk for over 30 years, i am retiring to live in the phillipines,i would like to know this, is it possible for a european to setup a shellfish bussiness in the phillipines, if so then i would have holding tanks built and ship live in decent quantities ,in refridgerated transport ,thankyou derek

  14. derek, what an absolutely fascinating question. I for one, would love it if you could set up a business and import clean shellfish rather than my taking chances with shellfish from tainted local waters/sources. I suspect your biggest hurdle shall be customs/quarantine questions around the live seafood that would be imported. Its best if on a visit to the Philippines, you check out the legal requirements to do this business, and if you manage to figure it all out, let me know, I shall probably be one of your earliest customers! Good luck!

  15. hi, we are interested in buying alimango crablets. our fishpond is located in Bohol. please email me.
    thanks, mj

  16. hi, we are interested in buying grouper fry and crablets for our fishpond that is located in Bohol Philippines. please email me if you have these items. Thanks

  17. We are looking for a mud crab (alimango) buyer.Our fishpond is located in Camarines Norte.. Pls e-mail( or send me a txt message (09173672121)if your interested…Thanks

  18. I am interested in buying live blue crab at least 1Ton if price is approprate.

    And I want to know the month when blue crab has roe.
    Whenever,regardless of the month, I order,you supply them to me. Pls,Let me know by E-mail. Thanks!!

    My E-mail address “”

  19. Dear live mud crab suppliers:
    we are interested to import live mud crab from Philippines,Thailand,Indonesia,Bangladesh,Pakistan etc to Mainland China on regular basis.
    Main species: king mud crab(Scylla serrata),we can also buy other species like Scylla paramamosain etc if the price is appropriate.
    Male or female.
    With roe or without roe.
    Quantity: 1-2 tons per week,may increase the import quantity if the market in China is good or your crab is very good.
    Destination: Fuzhou Changle International
    Airport,Xiamen International Airport,Guangzhou International Airport.

    We welcome the suppliers who can supply constantly.

    If you are in the position to supply,pls email to,my Skype is jacksonjo,hand phone +86-13705066563.

    Looking forward to your reply

  20. i the one ( 1 ) culturing the lobster and crabs, i a buyer for this. My source, the supply will be coming from mindanao. where could i possibly supply them?



  21. hi – we are looking for buyers of king crabs (mud crabs). our fish pond is located in Bohol. please email if you are interested.


  22. hi- I’m looking for buyers of mud crabs I’m from Negros Occidental. If your interested contact me @ cel # 09266756641.

  23. Mr. Marketman..
    You are a great MAN..I hope this Website will stay long..You are the bridge for those Buyers and Suppliers of Mud crab..As of now, We are planning to build a 3 Ha. of Brackish water mud crab pond here in Pamplona Cagayan..and we are still on the stage of more research on how to start and handle it in a very economical and proper way…So pls. if somebody out there can provide me a simple system about mud crab cultivation..It is my great pleasure..

  24. We are Supplier of Live Mud Crabs from Bangladesh. We have our own field to collect Mud crabs and packing in a bamboo basket. We have three sizes of Male crabs and one size of Female crabs with Eggs.

    We can supply you constantly for long term basis.
    Thanking you and looking forward to hear you soon.
    Kazi Ferdous Waheed
    Mamila International

    Name of Crab: Mud Crab
    Color: Light brown, green or light mud color
    Live without any processing
    Size: –
    XXL: Weight of one crab, 450g to 500g. 02 Crabs make one Kilogram
    XL: Weight of one crab, 350g to 400g, 02 to 03 Crabs make one KG.
    Large: Weight of one crab is more than 250g to 350g, 3 to 4 Crabs make 01KG.
    Medium- Weight of one crab is more than 200g to 300g, 4 to 5 Crabs make 01KG.
    Female with Eggs- Weight is150g to 180g

    FOB Dhaka, Bangladesh
    Production: 2 M tons per day.
    Minimum Order-500 KG
    Shipment-By Air with Different Packaging like Plastic basket, Bamboo basket
    Payment Terms- Prepayment by cash or T/T.
    NB- Price is not stable.

    Any inquiries are welcome and do not hesitate to mail us, we will reply you soon.
    Thanking you and looking forward to hear you soon.
    Best Regards.

    Kazi Ferdous Waheed

  25. mj
    hi carl – do you have supply of king crablets (scylla serrata)? is it from hatchery or wild? you can contact me @ 0906-356-5271

  26. I am looking for a buyer of crabs of different sizes. pls contact at cell number 09169328465

  27. I have a buying station and a crab farm in bicol. I am looking for buyers of live mud crab of various sizes both male and females. please contact me at cp no. 09287197815 or 0548118474.

  28. We are looking for a buyer of king crab 500 grams and up. our fish pond is located in Bohol. please contact us at 0906-356-5271 or 0906-839-3129.

  29. Gud day!
    By the way thank you very to this website, we are interest to buy mud crab from 800g to 1000g we are consuming about 15tons a month so to those interested supplier pls cal or txt 09228875070, 09277729682 and 09178596291.

    Thank and god bless!
    Ronie P. Mamador

  30. Hello what a great web site. I’m looking for buyers of live mudcrab in china , hong kong. We can supply 1-4 ton a week. The crab are wild caught from the soloman islands. If interested kindly email


  31. im selling live crabs from surigao philippines i can supply 1ton per week. contact me if interested at 09286369882 or 082-3031848. export quality. tnx

  32. hi!

    We have supplies of mud crabs according to your needs. we can supply you crabs with daily average of 300 kilos at a good price that buyers wants to engage.

    We can be contact at the above email address or call us at cellphone no. 0927 667 3046 or 0916 481 1191 or 0917 585 0263.

    price negotiation is highly appreciated.

    our motto is “benefits for both parties is our priorities”

  33. I am looking for mud crab fry my fishpond is located at Bounuan, dagupan city. Pls. give me contact nos. of possible source. thanks

  34. hi jure biondic,

    im a buyer of those mud crabs and lobsters. can u give the prices for the following sizes–crabs m4,m5,m7,m8 &m9 and lobster 500g/weight/pc and i kg.
    email me at

    thank you,


  35. can mud crab live in deepwell water? coz im planning to make a mini aquarium for mud crab for observation. And if successful on it, Im going to think about starting a business ob mud crab. any help would mean alot. Thanks

  36. kissmycrab, I have no idea. But they like brackish water, part salty, part fresh, so a deep well would seem like an early grave for them.

  37. I would just like to know possible markets for Alimango (Mud Crab) Scylla serrata, and how much is the market price up to this date?



  38. I am interested to set up mud crab cultivation in tanks. Can some pls share your experience with me.

  39. I have a Japanese friend who is interested in buying small crab. pls. email me of mudcrab farmers willing to export crablets. email address:

    Thank you.

    Vic Trovela

  40. hi, i am looking for hatchery reared crablets(scylla serrata), the thumb tacks size, we will need about 40,000 pcs(depend of the price of course,hehe), if u can supply us, please send a mail at or contact me- #0919 614 8125.ty

  41. hi, i’m looking for mud crab buyers in manila and how much do you buy crabs are 500g and above.09184016863

  42. Hi I’m Reil Febra from surigao, I can supply King Crabs (Scylla Serrata) with a very good quality, clean because i put it on individual container. Goodbye Mud smell….

    600g-790g, 800g-990g and 1 kilo-and up interested buyer pelase conatct me on my mobile #+639193311561 and on e-mail:

  43. andrew, i am interested w/ crablets, is that coming from wild or hatchery? can i have ur cp #? ty

  44. if you are looking for crablets i can supply you.. and if you are looking also mud crabs size Up to 100 grams Up pleas call me of this Number 09104040150 or Email me thanks…

  45. san po ba bagsakan ng alimango dyan sa manila. mura kasi d2 province. baka harvest na kami october o november. can anyone give me the prevailing price ngayun. tnx

  46. Hi,
    We are from Vietnam. We can supply to you live mud crab (300/500,500/700 and 700up) and live soon hock (300/400, 400/800 and 800up). If you are interested in them, pls contact me.
    Thank you

    Ms. Dong Nguyen
    HP: 84 977990207

  47. hi im dennis uy, in quezon,city i just want to know if you like to buy lobster from 500-1 kilo grams, how much is your price per kilo?

  48. we also supply to you live mud crab female with egg.
    pls contact me if you need.
    Thank you.

  49. Good day!

    We are one of the biggest consumer of king crabs here in makati, philippines to all interested suppliers please get in touch with @ 0917-8596291/ 02895-8958213 loc.105. fyi, we buy only m8 up, at higher price compare to others.



  50. Good day!

    We are one of the biggest consumer of king crabs here in makati, philippines to all interested suppliers please get in touch with me @ 0917-8596291/ 02895-8958213 loc.105. fyi, we buy only m8 up, at higher price compare to others.



  51. Dear Marketman,

    We have a fishfarm in Ragay, Camarines Sur and its in production stage with mud crabs(King crabs), shrimp(Sugpo), Milk fish(Bangus) and grouper(Lapu-lapu).We would like to expand our market probably direct from fishfarm to market/buyers. In view of this, we are looking for interested businessmen/buyers/markets

    Thank you

    Mr Ramirez
    Mr Lota
    Ragay Fish Farm

  52. hello everyone its good to be back here. how are you guys? ronie and reil whuzz up.. market manila helps me a lot in my seafoods business i met a lot of partners. before i only sell crabs and prawns in davao city but after i visited market manila im selling seafoods to the whole world.. thank you market manila. 09286369882

  53. hello mud crab buyer, im from sulu province, a supplier of mud crab which weight from 1.2-2.0kg/pc. please email me at or contact me at 09268253863 T.M thanks and more power

  54. Hi! I am looking for a supplier of mud crabs from 300grams to 1000 grams. I have a requirements of 200- 500 kgs. a week

  55. hi crab buyers! we are a farm operator from Samar we can supply minimum 200kg per day from 300grams up. please let me know your offer price.

    thank you

  56. im selling crablets(langaw-langaw and thumbsize) from sorsogon philippines i can supply 20t per day. contact me if interested at 09274006486.

  57. hi!

    we are one of the biggest mud crab buyer here in manila.
    Our size requirement are m7 up only, we are consuming about 16 tons per month. Please contact me at 0917-8596291.


  58. how big can mud crabs grow to in philipines in australia it not uncommon the catch muddys bout 2 kilo

  59. william, 2 kilos is unusual in the Philippines, probably more because they are harvesting the mud crabs too young. I have had a few 1.5 kilo ones on occasion, but that is unusual…

  60. Bernie Ravina says:

    hi- I’m looking for buyers of mud crabs I’m from Negros Occidental. If your interested contact me @ cel # 09266756641.

  61. Bernie Ravina says:

    hi- I’m looking for buyers of mud crabs I’m from Negros Occidental. If your interested contact me @ cel # 09266756641. i’ll give u a good price.

  62. im jonalyn tayoto,im looking for fish Espada and hasa hasa,and mud crab,we have a direct buyer in korea 100 tons per month,if you know somebody who supply my demand please contact me 02-7063452 or 02-7063447,thanks

  63. to roy baldoz, i am a buyer of crabs here in manila, u can call/text 09228500055 or 09189408243, for faster transaction. hear from u soon.

  64. Hi Roy Baldos! Pls. contact me if you have time so we can discuss the price range.. 0917629528.. thanks

  65. to mr roy baldoz:
    good day sir! i am dr tayag from manila. we are exporting king crabs and we are still looking for suppliers. here’s my # 09178540676, 09228768435 if u have questions regarding the price for each size category. hope we can do business soon.

  66. to Johnny : San galing ang m.crab nyo? May farm kau? Am looking for supplier kasi. My cp no. 09176209528. thanks

  67. GOOD DAY!



  68. to the buyer of mudcrab,i surely can supply to you good quality of mudcrab source from zamboanga city.anykind of species either serrata,tranqueberica or paramamosain. tnx n more power! my cp no. is 09263380034

  69. hi- I’m looking for buyers of mud crabs I’m from Negros Occidental. If your interested contact me @ cell #09127421142 and my email add zykie77 @

  70. Hi im interested in starting mud crab fattening business in Cebu and Im looking for people who can supply me with the “thin” mud crabs. If you have them for sale please e-mail me the info Thanks :)

  71. helo m lookin for a buyer of live lobster, stone fish, black slippers,etc. i can give pictures..just give ur email add..thanks..pls text or call me at cp no. 09282548352/09061708018.

  72. Hi, m looking for a supplier of crablet. anyone interested kindly txt me at 09228848812 or 09192974113. thanks for this website :)

  73. to manila buyers.. please do good business with your suppliers. . they are taking too much risk if you take advantage with their absence during stocks delivery. . that’s the problem on why suppliers discouraged importing their products there..hope you would consider this message promptly. thanks and regards!!!

  74. hello. We are buying mud crab (alimango). m7, m8 and m1 only ( 700grams and above ). 100 kg per day is needed. please email me you prize or txt me 0917-8262429


  76. hi need a crab buyer who’s not into exporting.
    all my crabs came from the wild. madaming d pumapasa for export
    quality and yes tama si ed gonzales.thanks

  77. Dear sir /mam

    I am supplier of live crab and lobster in Philippines. I would like to give my price quotation list for your marine company. I can offer the best price and quality as we are whole sale dealers.

    If you can provide the destination airport and what specific type of crab you need (live or frozen) i can furnish the detail and give you the CNF rates in the destination. Hope to hear from you as soon as possible.
    Thank you


  78. Hi! I’m into mud crab business. My farm is located in Western Samar, Sta Margarita area. I’m looking for possible buyers here in Manila. My harvest will be this coming August 2009 thanks….

  79. Hello! I am a member of the Surigao del Norte Fishpond Operator’s Association. Some of us are currently into the mud crab business. Due to some unscrupulous buyers in our province, we are looking for direct buyers in Cebu and Manila. Regarding the volume – 150-200kls/day as of now (some are still one to two months old); sizes 500gms-up.

  80. Hi, I’m looking for seller/exporter that can supply me 300kg/week of live red/brown mud crab (Syclla Olivacea) to Malaysia. Please qoute me your price including shipment to Malaysia. Urgently needed.

    My e-mail :
    Mobile : +60-019645995

  81. Sorry, forgot to put the size. I want those with 350gm above & 500gm above. Male or female.

  82. good pm, Hi! I’m into mud crab business. My farm is located in bikol cam.norte, I’m looking for possible buyers in Manila/anywhere if possible. thanks… pls .contact us. 09196616793/
    09322026920. tnx

  83. Hello everyone, im a buyer in malaysia and would like to buy mud crab from you. Please quote me price of 300kg/week of mud crab. TQ

  84. Hi all. Im so excited to have stumbled upon this thread. i have been selling live alimango in our neighborhood and friends here in cebu since last year and im hoping to expand my market. Anyone interested please contact me: or 0919 474 5638. i usually do order basis (3 to 5 days) cause we only catch them when there is an order. Thanks

  85. selling alimango live 250-350grams 380 pesos per kilo…

    and also prawn

    pls contact me at 09097168680/4940436

    located at cebu city

  86. Thank you very much for this wonderful site. I just made a delivery the other day from someone in Talisay. He ordered 20 kilos at 350/kilo and he is selling it in Talisay at 380 a kilo! Nice! Next shipment is on wednesday! You can now place your order in advance! thanks. 0919 474 5638 –

  87. hi. i’m from manila, and am looking for live mud crab suppliers for my asian-cuisine restau. i need 300kg each of 300-500g, 500-700g, and 700g+ crabs per week. please send ur prices, excluding shipment costs, to my e-mail addy:

  88. i need a buyer of crabs….my crabs is came from pampanga… i need a buyer near in pasay or baclaran philiphines…txt me 09272125934 09272125934 09272125934 09272125934

  89. hi!! TC

    Im from Zamboanga Philippines im devoting in mudcrab venture.Im a supplier/broker of mudcrab any kind of species. If u interested here’s my mobile # 09263380034

    Tnx n more power! Allah bless us!

  90. gud day to all.!!! im looking 4ward to d company FILLAS.,im a supplier of mudcrab from Zamboanga City,,im just hoping dat we can settle bsns in mudcrab at a gud rate of price.,d full price i min at different sizes and variety.

    i was ur gud supplier eversince.

    tnx n more power!

  91. Hi im interested in starting mud crab fattening business in Cebu and Im looking for people who can supply me with the “thin” mud crabs. If you have them for sale please e-mail me the info Thanks :)

  92. i’m supplier of mud crabs.we really to do business with chinese buyer. we can supply king crabs sizing from m5 m7 m8 m1. my cell# 0905600895

  93. Good day to all…We are a supplier of “crablets” king mud crabs(Scylla serrata)…we can supply 10,000 to 20,000 crablets weekly…We can deliver in luzon area only…all of our crablets are newly catch from Cagayan river..for those who are interested and sure can send email at

  94. i need a buyer of crabs….my crabs is came from pampanga… i need a buyer near in pasay or baclaran philiphines…txt me 09272125934 09272125934

  95. hello, i’m from palawan and am looking for mud crab (scylla serrata or scylla olivacea) suppliers from mindoro or palawan, preferrably from the northern part. send me ur quotations (300-500g, 500-700g, and 700g+; male/king, female, ‘bakla’) through, asap. thanks much!

  96. gudday!

    hi! Stan im Mr. Hassan from Zamboanga City am a supplier of mudcrab,qoute me the rate of each size of mudcrab.

    TQ. heres my mobile # 09263380034

  97. to mr. charles,

    ask ko lang how much is your price per kilo of m5,m6,m7 me your price.thanks

  98. hi Allen;

    it seems that your e-mail add( has some problem, I send you my price thru that address, its Failure delivery. I am also a mud crab supplier from Surigao.

  99. i need a buyer of crabs….my crabs is came from pampanga… i need a buyer near in pasay or baclaran philiphines…txt me 09272125934 09272125934 09272125934 09272125934

  100. i need a buyer of crabs….my crabs is came from pampanga… i need a buyer near in pasay or baclaran philiphines…txt me 09183740348

  101. i need a buyer of crabs….my crabs is came from pampanga… i need a buyer near in pasay or baclaran philiphines…txt me 09183740348 09183740348 09183740348 09183740348

  102. Hi i am looking for the supplier of king crabs crablets you can reach me to mt cell number +639174070878

  103. a blessed day to you…
    i will be harvesting king crab by december here in butuan city. i’m expecting 2,000 kls @ 800 grams up each. if you are interested contact me @ 09214530016.
    God bless us all…

  104. Hi i am looking for live mud crab buyers in Baclaran, Pasay or Paranaque area. I’m from Bataan. You can contact me @ 09173640083.

  105. I am looking for buyers of Frozen Mud Crab and Frozen Mud Crab Meats.
    besides, we are looking for Live Blue Swimming Crab anywhere in Philippine.

    if any,please contact me at
    Thanks and best regards,



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