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Crisp crab cakes with chilli mango salsa

epicure 5 December 2013
Type of Meal
Vegetarian-friendly No

Throw a memorable party and still find time to enjoy the experience with these easy-to-make and mouth-watering crab cakes.

Makes 30 Prep time 20 minutes
Cook time 30 minutes

crisp crab cakes
350g canned crab meat (available at Culina)
100g snapper or seabass
30g coconut cream
½ tsp Thai palm sugar (available at most Thai supermarkets)
1/3 tsp baking powder
2 tsp light soy sauce
3 tsp fish sauce
1 tsp Thai red curry paste
½ tsp grated ginger and galangal
2 tsp sesame oil
2 tbsp coriander, chopped
3 tbsp spring onions, sliced
½ egg
pinch salt
4 kaffir lime leaves, sliced

½ cup plain flour
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup panko (Japanese bread crumbs)
oil for deep frying

chilli mango salsa
1 medium ripe mango, finely diced
2 shallots, finely diced
1 red chilli, seeds removed and finely diced
handful coriander, finely chopped
juice of 1 lime
1 tsp fish sauce
dash balsamic vinegar

  • Place all the ingredients into a bowl. Mix together until the mixture forms a rough paste.
  • In a large frying pan, add enough oil to fill the pan and heat the oil until it sizzles slightly, about 160°C. Roll teaspoonfuls of crab mixture into balls with your hands and flatten slightly to form patties.
  • Coat the patties in a light layer of flour, dip into eggwash and coat with panko.
  • Carefully place them into the hot oil and fry until they turn golden-brown on both sides. Drain the crab cakes on kitchen paper and spear each with a wooden cocktail fork.
  • Combine all the ingredients for chilli mango salsa. Spoon ½ tsp on each crab cake or serve on the side as a dip.

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