Crab Shed Salcombe Thai Crab Cakes

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Crab Shed Salcombe
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1 Mar 2021
This delicious dish is perfect for the summer and is quick and simple to make.
Servings 4


  • 310 g Crab Shed white crab meat
  • 380 g Crab Shed brown crab meat
  • 100 g breadcrumbs
  • 2 large eggs
  • 25 g plain flour
  • 3 fresh ginger, peeled
  • 2 red chillies, deseeded
  • 6 spring onions
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
  • large bunch of coriander
  • 1 lime
  • 80 g watercress
  • 16 asparagus spears
  • drizzle of sesame oil
  • 75 ml vegetable oil
  • 1/2 mango
  • 1/4 red onion
  • 6 cherry tomatoes
  • 5 cucumber
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 avocado
  • large handful of spinach
  • 1 lemon zest and juice
  • dill to serve


  • For the mango salsa finely chop the mango, red onion, cherry tomatoes and cucumber, add to a small bowl with 1 tbsp fish sauce and 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar, mix and set aside to infuse.
  • Finely slice the ginger and chili, add to a small blender to make a paste, a pestle and mortar works well if you don’t have one!
  • Weigh out your crab and put in a large mixing bowl, add in the paste, finely chopped spring onions, large bunch of roughly chopped coriander, 1 egg, 50g of the breadcrumbs, salt and pepper and combine well. Make into 8 equal patties and place on a tray to chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  • For the spinach puree, add to a blender, ½avocado, handful spinach, zest and juice of 1 lemon, drizzle olive oil, salt and pepper (You may need to add a little water to loosen).
  • Beat the remaining egg in a bowl with 1 tbsp water. Add the plain flour to a plate. Add the remaining 50g breadcrumbs mixed with ¼ tsp cayenne pepper to a separate plate.
  • Dredge the crab patties in the flour, egg then breadcrumbs (shake off any excess and set aside until all patties are coated.
  • Trim the ends of the asparagus and discard, fry in sesame oil on a high heat until charred. Cut the lime into 4 wedges.
  • Whilst the asparagus is cooking add the vegetable oil to a large frying pan on a high heat, add the crab patties when hot and fry for 3-4 mins until golden on each side.
  • Serve up 2 crab cakes per person with 4 asparagus each, 2 tbsp of mango salsa, 1 tbsp spinach puree, handful of watercress, lime wedge and dill.
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