What We’re Cooking: Caranguejo Recheado

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A special thank you to Kyle Books and Women for Women International for contributing this recipe! 

Nelson Mandela once said, “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. I felt fear myself more times than I can remember, but I hid it behind a mask of boldness. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” 

If you’re a fan of Nelson Mandela and love a delicious hors d’oeuvre for the summer, check out Esmenia Rafael Gemo’s recipe, Caranguejo Recheado, with a contribution by Mandela (available on pg. 208).



Preheat the oven to 300°F. Take the crab meat from inside the shells and cut it into small pieces. Retain the crab shells because you are going to stuff them.

Soak the bread in the milk.

In a pan, sauté the onions over low heat in the olive oil until soft, and then add the garlic, chiles, and bay leaf. Increase the heat, and add the crab meat and lemon juice. Mix well. Remove the bread from the milk and add it to the crab mixture. Once everything is well combined, add the grated cheese and remove the mixture from the heat. Transfer the mixture to a bowl, and let it cool. When the mixture is cool, add the egg white and the chopped parsley.

Put the crab mixture into the reserved crab shells and brush with the egg yolk. Place the stuffed crabs in the oven for 15 minutes. Serve hot.

Caranguejo Recheado (Stuffed Crab) {Share Cookbook - Kyle Books and Women for Women International}Photo by Philip Webb for Share: The Cookbook That Celebrates Our Common Humanity and Kyle Books


Nelson Mandela has dedicated his life to democracy and equality. He is the first pesident of post-apartheid South Africa who spent 27 years in prison in the anti-apartheid struggle. Mandela is known throughout South Africa as “Madiba” and was named a Nobel Peace Laureate in 1993. His legacy continues to be honored by everyone around the world. In 2009, The United Nations declared July 18 as Nelson Mandela International Day.


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