Fragrant Crab Cakes

Hello Folks!

These crab cakes are so tasty, they are full of fragrant spices.  They are like fish cakes, and are very popular in the United States, this recipe is not a traditional recipe however, as I wanted to include some spices. I didn’t include chilli as I wanted to keep these mild and tasty.

I coated mine in breadcrumbs, the question was to coat or not!! I am glad I did as they tasted scrumptious!!

They are also pretty healthy, I have used foods that are easy to digest if you suffer with crohns or colitis (each person is different so remove the ingredients you cannot eat),  spices such as turmeric and ginger are great for you, and I have used coconut oil to cook the cakes in.  The coriander I chopped up extra  fine; but this may not agree with some crohnies…

Tip: Use gluten free flour & breadcrumbs  too to make these GF friendly!!

It also contains no lactose so win win!!

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Ingredients:

 Crab meat; I had one full prepared crab and 6 crab claws

600g sweet potato diced

2” chunk of fresh ginger

1” chunk of fresh turmeric

2 garlic cloves

1 tsp garam masala

2 Tbsp. finely chopped coriander

½ tsp fish sauce

2 Tbsp. breadcrumbs

1 tsp sea salt

Juice of half a lemon

Breadcrumb coating:

2/3 Tbsp. golden breadcrumbs

2/3 Tbsp. plain flour

1 egg whisked

Coconut oil for frying

Method:

 First you need to carefully remove all of the crab meat from the shells.  Take the full crab, break off the legs and claws, then turn over the body and scoop out all of the brown and white meat into a bowl.

Next with a rolling pin bash the claws to open up the shells, then carefully remove the meat, I liked to keep the claws in one piece and the meat chunky rather than all broken up, if you can.

Squeeze the lemon over the crab then pop back into the fridge until later.

Boil the potatoes in salted water until soft, then mash up. Do not add any milk or butter you want these to be fluffy not creamy.  Set aside to cool.

Grate the garlic cloves then add the salt and bash up until it creates a paste.

Grate the turmeric and ginger together then chop them up to be a puree.

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Add the garlic and the ginger/turmeric mix to the cold potatoes, along with the garam masala, coriander and fish sauce. Mix well. Taste this mixture to see if it needs more salt.

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Now carefully mix in the crab trying not to break it up too much, it is nice to bite into these cakes and have chunky pieces of crab.

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To make the cakes I first made equal balls of the mix, I made 8 even balls and one mini which became my tester 😉

Once you have even balls, form them into a fish cake like shape.  Place onto a tray lined with grease proof paper, cover with cling film and pop back into the fridge for 25 minutes, or until ready to cook.  I made mine in the morning and cooked them for dinner.

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Place the flour, breadcrumbs and egg into 3 separate bowls.  Whisk the egg.

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One by one coat the crab cakes in flour, shaking off any excess, then dip into the egg, then into the breadcrumbs making sure all sides are covered.

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Pop back onto the baking tray and continue to breadcrumb all cakes.

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To cook heat, the oven to 200 degrees.  Place a heap spoonful of coconut oil in a good frying pan, let it heat up then start to brown the crab cakes in batches, add around 3/4 to the pan at a time and cook both sides until a golden colour, then place back onto the baking sheet.

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Once you have browned all cakes pop them in the oven to heat through, this should take another 15 minutes.

Serve up with some salad and some dips.  We had a smooth apple and cranberry jelly with ours and it was tasty!  Chilli jam is also great check out my recipe;

https://lululemonandlace.com/recipes/pickles-chutneys-jams-and-pastes/bishop-crown-chilli-jam/

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Enjoy xx

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Fragrant Crab Cakes

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by Lululemonandlace

Ingredients:

 Crab meat; I had one full prepared crab and 6 crab claws

600g sweet potato diced

2” chunk of fresh ginger

1” chunk of fresh turmeric

2 garlic cloves

1 tsp garam masala

2 Tbsp. finely chopped coriander

½ tsp fish sauce

2 Tbsp. breadcrumbs

1 tsp sea salt

Juice of half a lemon

Breadcrumb coating:

2/3 Tbsp. golden breadcrumbs

2/3 Tbsp. plain flour

1 egg whisked

Coconut oil for frying

Method:

 First you need to carefully remove all of the crab meat from the shells.  Take the full crab, break off the legs and claws, then turn over the body and scoop out all of the brown and white meat into a bowl.

Next with a rolling pin bash the claws to open up the shells, then carefully remove the meat, I liked to keep the claws in one piece and the meat chunky rather than all broken up, if you can.

Squeeze the lemon over the crab then pop back into the fridge until later.

Boil the potatoes in salted water until soft, then mash up. Do not add any milk or butter you want these to be fluffy not creamy.  Set aside to cool.

Grate the garlic cloves then add the salt and bash up until it creates a paste.

Grate the turmeric and ginger together then chop them up to be a puree.

Add the garlic and the ginger/turmeric mix to the cold potatoes, along with the garam masala, coriander and fish sauce. Mix well. Taste this mixture to see if it needs more salt.

Now carefully mix in the crab trying not to break it up too much, it is nice to bite into these cakes and have chunky pieces of crab.

To make the cakes I first made equal balls of the mix, I made 8 even balls and one mini which became my tester 😉

Once you have even balls, form them into a fish cake like shape.  Place onto a tray lined with grease proof paper, cover with cling film and pop back into the fridge for 25 minutes, or until ready to cook.  I made mine in the morning and cooked them for dinner.

Place the flour, breadcrumbs and egg into 3 separate bowls.  Whisk the egg.

One by one coat the crab cakes in flour, shaking off any excess, then dip into the egg, then into the breadcrumbs making sure all sides are covered.  Pop back onto the baking tray and continue to breadcrumb all cakes.

To cook heat, the oven to 200 degrees.  Place a heap spoonful of coconut oil in a good frying pan, let it heat up then start to brown the crab cakes in batches, add around 3/4 to the pan at a time and cook both sides until a golden colour, then place back onto the baking sheet.

Once you have browned all cakes pop them in the oven to heat through, this should take another 15 minutes.

Serve up with some salad and some dips.  We had a smooth apple and cranberry jelly with ours and it was tasty!  Chilli jam is also great check out my recipe;

Lulu xxx

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