Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Cilantro and Green Onion Crab Cakes

   The briny sweetness of crab lends itself to a variety of preparations.  Crab cakes probably being the most popular.  It is a pricey ingredient but perfect for special occasions like date-night-at-home.  Most restaurants charge you a ridiculous amount for a hockey puck that mostly filler.  Making crab cakes at home isn't hard and you makes them really crabby!
Cilantro and Green Onion Crab Cakes
16 oz crab (I used claw and "special premium")
1 egg
1/3 C bread crumbs
1 1/2 Tbsp light mayonnaise
1 1/2 Tbsp chopped cilantro
1 Tbsp minced garlic
1 tsp grated ginger
3 green onions, thinly sliced
juice of 1/2 lime
1/2 tsp oil

   Drain crab and very carefully pick over it to remove any bits of shell/cartilage. 
   Mix together all ingredients except crab and oil.  Very gently fold in crab, be careful not to break up the meat.  Form into 4 patties.
   Heat oil in a non stick pan over med-high heat.  Place in patties.  Cook 4-5 minutes on each side.  Serve with rice and steamed or stir-fried veggies that have a drizzle of sesame oil and a sprinkle of sea salt.  Top with sauce.

Garlic Mayo Sauce
2 1/2 Tbsp light mayonnaise
1/2 tsp minced garlic
1/4 tsp mustard or wasabi powder
1/8 tsp cayenne (optional)
zest of 1/2 lime
juice of 1 lime

   Combine ingredients.  Serves 4.

Crab Cake and Sauce:
Total Ingredient Cost:  $15.00  I know it's a little expensive, but this is not an every day sort of thing.  It is the seafood equivalent of steak night.  Think of it this way:  you'd pay about $20 at a good restaurant for a crab cake entree.  For 4 entire crab cake meals at home, it will only cost about $18.  This is a deal, people.
Per ServingCalories 230, Fat 10g, Total Carb 10g, Fiber 1g, Protein 26g
Daily ValuesVit C 14%, Vit A 7.5%, Calcium 9%, Iron 5%

1 comment:

  1. I seriously miss crab!

    xoxo ~ Courtney


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