Crab Cakes Asian Style with Plum Sauce-Chili Dipping Sauce

Asian Style Crab Cakes

Everyone has their favourite crab cake recipe. Here’s mine! They are divine!  Because crab is on the pricey side, we tend to make them when we want a special treat. It would be nice to have friends who go crabbing is all I can say!  I used Panko crumbs to coat the crab cakes last time I made them, it worked exceptionally well.  I may not go back to using a breadcrumb coating!

Makes Approximately 20 Cakes

16 oz.  crabmeat, picked over
½ cup light mayo
¼ cup minced green onions
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro
1 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
2 tsp. minced or 1 tsp. finely grated fresh gingerroot
¼ tsp. Tabasco or Sriracha sauce
¼ tsp. each salt & freshly ground black pepper
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup fine dry bread crumbs**
(3/4 cup for coating the cakes (or Panko) & ¼ cup to add to the crab)
Vegetable oil for frying the crab cakes

Sauce for crab cakes:

1/3 cup plum sauce (I prefer Lee Kum Kee brand)
1 Tbsp. fresh lemon or lime juice
½ tsp. Chinese chili sauce
1 clove garlic, minced

Combine ingredients and place in the fridge until ready to serve the crab cakes.  Use the sauce as a dip for the  crab cakes.

Make the crab cakes:

Flake the crab in a bowl, checking for bits of cartliage & shell. Mix with the mayo, green onions, cilantro, lime juice, ginger, Tabasco, salt & pepper. Stir in the ¼ cup breadcrumbs. In a non-stick frying pan or electric pan, heat approximately 2 Tbsp. oil over medium heat. Shape the crab mixture into 20 patties. Dip each into the beaten eggs; then coat with the breadcrumbs. Place onto a wax paper lined rimmed baking sheet. Depending on how many will fit in your pan, cook the cakes without crowding, for 2 minutes per side, or until golden. Remove to a paper towel lined rimmed baking sheet & keep warm in a 200F oven while cooking the remaining cakes. Serve hot with the sauce.

Note: In a pinch I have browned the cakes and let them cool for no more than an hour at room temperature, then reheated them in a 350F oven until very warm.

Too make breadcrumbs, click How To Make Breadcrumbs.


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