July 2, 2020

Lucy's Thai Crab Cakes

Lucy's Thai Crab Cakes

Last week we teamed up with Food Blogger Lucy Tomlinson who made a selection of delicious dishes from our 100% handpicked Salcombe crab. Lucy's fantastic cuisine ideas have inspired many of her followers to cook a range of her exciting meals and treats during lockdown. She wowed us with her delicious, flavoursome Thai Crab Cakes - perfect for a summer dinner party!

Lucy's Recipe for Thai Crab Cakes served with a mango salsa, charred asparagus, watercress & spinach puree

Recipe (Serves 4)


310g Crab Shed white crab meat

380g Crab Shed brown crab meat

100g Breadcrumbs

2 Large eggs

25g Plain flour

3cm fresh ginger, peeled

2 red chillies, deseeded

6 spring onions

¼ tsp cayenne pepper (optional)

Large bunch coriander

1 lime

80g Watercress

16 Asparagus    

Drizzle sesame oil

75ml Vegetable oil

½ mango

¼ red onion

6 cherry tomatoes

5cm cucumber

1 tbsp Fish sauce

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

½ avocado

Large handful spinach

1 Lemon zest and juice

Dill to serve


  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. Make into 8 equal patties and place on a tray to chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  5. 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).
  6. 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.
  7. Dredge the crab patties in the flour, egg then breadcrumbs (shake off any excess and set aside until all patties are coated.
  8. Trim the ends of the asparagus and discard, fry in sesame oil on a high heat until charred. Cut the lime into 4 wedges.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

Take a look at our Five Minutes with Lucy plus her delicious crab and avocado bruschetta canape recipe>


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We've been busy cooking and hand-picking our delicious crab meat, brought to us by local fishing boats, which you can buy direct from us to enjoy at home. Click here to order crab meat online for home delivery or get in touch for local collections (email or call 01548 844506). Take a look at our Recipes section for serving suggestions!

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