Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Crab cakes..... Mood = Crustacean Craze

Do you remember when you were younger and went to a vietnamese restaurant and all you ate was the crab cakes? I was walking past a restaurant that we used to go to years and years ago, and the memory that came back to me was this. Crab cakes. I remember only eating this and nothing else when we used to go there and it really frustrated my parents as they wanted us to try everything.

The smell as i walked past took me back 20 years, and i knew what i had to do. So as i walked home with a seriously fast pace, i was thinking of what i needed to try andre create the memory of those days. Smell is a wonderful thing, and its always amazing to me how it can evoke such strong and vivid feelings. This is how i work most of the time. From smells and thoughts of the past. My sister always laughs at me and tells me to get over it, move on and just forget the past, but so many of my feelings and food come from there that it has made me the person that i am today.

So back to the crab cakes.... Delicious is all i can say and can be made and ready to eat in under 10 minutes.


300g fresh white crab meat
small bunch of mint
small bunch of coriander
half a red chilli deseeded
sesame oil
red chilli jam
soy sauce
1/2 egg, whisked
1/2 lime


  • Flake the crab meat, add the herbs, sliced chilli, dash of sesame oil, and 2 teaspoons of jam and 2 teaspoons of soya sauce.
  • Add a squeeze of lime
  • Add the egg and mix.
  • Mix everythign together and shape into patties.
  • This gets a bit tricky as this crab is very flaky but do not worry. It will come together.
  • Once you have made some patties, get some plain flour and flour each side and the place in a hot pan to sear it together.
  • They should take minimal time to sear. All you are doing is trying to get a golden colour as the crab is already cooked.
  • When ready, place on top of a salad of choice, i just used bean sprouts, with some corinader and mint and replicated the sauce of the crab.
  • Sesame, chillijam, coriander, mint, soya sauce and lime juice.
From the 300g of crab i made 6 Crab cakes, but very nice sized and filling enough as a starter.

Im hoping to start a Crustacean craze with these delicious, crunchy, yet tender mouthfuls of coral flecked meat.


Amanda said...

These look wonderful... Im in the mood now! :)

Joudie's Mood Food said...

Thank you Amanda. They were delicious. Im always in the mood where food is concerned. I love your site. Really beautiful food. Cant wait to try out your recipes.

Daniel said...

Crab crabs are great you should really try a nice remoulade sauce to go with it. Let me know if you need a recipe I got a few. Cheers!

Joudie's Mood Food said...

Hi Daniel, thanks for the tip. I would love some recipes. I always like to try something new. Thanks...

Soraya said...

I always thought this was quite difficult to make. Looks perfect. Thanks for posting this up.

Janet said...

I love crab cakes, and i have to say i dont eat them often enough. A new start to a mood i have been in for a while. Thanks.

Carolyn Jung said...

Crab cakes -- no matter how they are prepared -- are something I can never resist. With chilie jam, though, it's doubly hard to do so. You have me craving these now, and I just had breakfast! ;)

Joudie's Mood Food said...

Hi Carolyn, i know what you mean, they are just divine and can be eaten whenever. I would have them for breakfast... :)