Spiced potted crab

Spiced potted crab

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Cooking time

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 5 mins Plus chilling

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 6

A great get-ahead starter for the summer which can be made up to two days in advance

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
283
protein
10g
carbs
1g
fat
27g
saturates
16g
fibre
0g
sugar
0g
salt
0.89g

Ingredients

  • 300g prepared crab, fresh or frozen (defrosted)
  • 175g butter
  • 1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
  • juice 1 lemon
  • ½ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 18-20 large cooked prawns in their shells, bunch radishes, toasted rustic bread such as sourdough, to serve

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Method

  1. Tip the crab into a bowl and check for any pieces of shell. Melt 100g of the butter and add half the chilli, the lemon juice, nutmeg and salt. Add to the crab and mix well. Pack into a bowl or jar, pressing down lightly.
  2. Melt the remaining butter. When it is foaming, remove from the heat. When the foam has died down, carefully skim off any scum that is on the surface with a teaspoon, then pour the clear butter over the crab, leaving behind any milky sediment. Scatter over the remaining chilli and put a bay leaf in the centre.
  3. Leave to set in the fridge for about 1 hr. Serve on a board with the prawns and radishes, with toasted rustic bread.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, June 2011

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bbcheek's picture
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Wow...delicious, tried this with the 50% brown & 50% white cornish crab you can get from Waitrose. Amazing flavour, everyone loved it.

karensharples's picture
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Very disappointed!! I used more chilli than the recipe but still quite bland. I won't be doing this again...

ebrierley's picture
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Delicious! I used a little less butter, but it was heavenly and so very quick to do. Don't be afraid of the chili, it really does give it a lovely kick and complements the crab beautifully. We will definitely be making it again!

elliewoo's picture
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My boyfriends sister cooked this for us and it was absolutely amazing!!

What a lovely summer starter, will definitely make myself!

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