Skill level: Easy peasy
Costs: Cheap as chips
These spicy crab cakes make the perfect starter to a special meal or serve with boiled egg noodles and stir-fried veg for a tasty supper dish. You can prepare the cakes a few hours in advance and keep them covered in the fridge then fry just before serving. If fresh crab meat is unavailable use 3 x 170g cans white crab meat and drain thoroughly on kitchen paper.
- 450g white crab meat
- 2tsp Thai red curry paste
- 1tbsp soy sauce
- 2sp lemon zest
- 1tsp cornflour
- 2tbsp beaten egg white
- 2tbsp fresh chopped basil
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Vegetable oil for shallow frying
- Salad and lemon wedges, to serve
Add some freshly grated root ginger and a pinch of five spice powder to the mixture to give the crab cakes a more Oriental flavour.
- Place the crab meat in a bowl and flake with a fork. Add the curry paste, soy sauce, lemon zest, cornflour, egg white and basil and mix thoroughly.
- Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper and using lightly wetted hands, divide and shape the mixture into 8 small patties.
- Heat the oil in a deep frying pan until a cube of bread dropped in the hot fat browns in 30 secs. Fry the crabcakes in two batches for 4-5 mins, turning once, until golden brown. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper.
- Serve hot with salad and lemon wedges.