in2 Food: Spicy crab cakes with tomato salsa

Spicy Crab Cake

Spice up your life with British Michelin-star chef Tom Aikens easy to make Spicy Crab Cakes with Tomato Salsa…
Makes: 5
Spicy Crab Cakes
• 135g fresh white crab meat
• 135g Baked Potato, put through a sieve
• 85g shallots, finely diced
• 17g butter
• 3.5g salt
• 6 turns of black pepper
• 4 cloves garlic, crushed and finely chopped
• 20g coriander, roughly chopped
• 2 large red chilli, finely diced and no seeds
• 2 large green chilli, finely diced and no seeds
• Zest of 3 limes
• 1.3g smoked paprika
• 0.5g cayenne pepper
• 1 x egg for egg wash
• Flour for Panco crumbs
• 1 x pack Panco bread crumbs
Tomato Salsa
• 70g red onion, peeled and diced
• 3 garlic cloves, finely diced
• 300g tomatoes, peeled, de-seeded and diced
• 20g lime juice
• 5g red chilli, finely diced
• 10g coriander, finely chopped
• 35ml olive oil
• 6g sea salt
• 7 turns black pepper
• 8g caster sugar
1. To make the crab cakes, place the butter into a pan on a medium heat, once melted add the shallots, salt, pepper and cover with a lid, sweat till soft for 2-3 minutes with no colour, then add the garlic and cook for a further minute, then leave to cool in a bowl.
2. Mix into this the crab, potato, coriander, chilli, lime zest, paprika, cayenne pepper and black pepper, add the egg yolks and check the seasoning. Mould into approximately 65g size cakes that are approximately 1.5cm depth and 5cm diameter, place into the fridge to set for an hour.
3. Once set, using floured hands and a palette knife, tap the cakes into the right shape using plenty of flour, place one at a time into the egg wash and then lifting them out one by one place into the crumbs and tap all over with a palette knifte so they are well coated, place onto a clean try and repeat the process again with just egg wash and bread crumbs.
4. To make the tomato salsa, mix all the ingredients together and season to taste.
5. To assemble, place the crab cake into the fryer until lightly golden. Then place in the oven for five minutes. To serve put the tomato salsa into a side dish next to the crab cake.


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