Crab cakes with red mayonnaise

Crab cakes with red mayonnaise

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Real Food by Mike
Serves
4
Photographer
Alan Benson

This is a quick and easy recipe for crab cakes, which can be made from very few ingredients. The pleasure is that the crabmeat is already cooked, so the cooking time is just as long as it takes to colour and warm the cakes through. You can adjust the recipe slightly if you have a gluten intolerance by using gluten-free crackers in the cakes and dusting with polenta instead of flour. American in style, the crab cakes can be enhanced by adding a sprinkling of Old Bay seasoning to give them that authentic Maryland crab cake flavour. However, we are in Spain here and therefore serving ours with romesco sauce.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
800g cooked crabmeat
4 eggs
60g mayonnaise
40g flat-leaf parsley, leaves picked and chopped
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
140g spring onions, sliced
300g water crackers, crumbled
1 lemon, zested and juiced, plus lemon wedges to serve
1 pinch cayenne pepper
flour, for dusting
2 tablespoons clarified butter or oil for shallow frying

Red mayonnaise

Quantity Ingredient
75g mayonnaise
125g romesco sauce

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  2. For the red mayonnaise, mix together the mayonnaise and romesco sauce. Refrigerate until needed.
  3. For the crab cakes, combine all the ingredients – except the flour and clarified butter – in a bowl and divide the mixture into even-sized patties.
  4. Dust each crab cake in flour, then shallow-fry them in a frying pan in the clarified butter over medium–high heat for 3 minutes on each side, until golden brown. (Remember that the crabmeat is already cooked so you are only pan-frying it for colour and heat.) Serve with lemon wedges and red mayonnaise to dip.

Medicinal Benefit

  • Crab is a great source of protein, omega-3 fatty acids and of selenium, an antioxidant that helps regulate thyroid hormone activity. Crab is also rich in vitamin B2 (riboflavin), which helps in converting food into energy and is also essential for healthy skin, hair, blood and the brain. It also contains minerals like copper (to help produce red blood cells) and phosphorus (to build and protect bones).
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