Spiced potted crab

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 5 mins Plus chilling

Easy

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: per serving

  • kcal283
  • fat27g
  • saturates16g
  • carbs1g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre0g
  • protein10g
  • salt0.89g
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Ingredients

  • 300g prepared crab, fresh or frozen (defrosted)
    Crab

    Crab

    A crustacean that has its skeleton on the outside protecting a soft, flavoursome flesh. There…

  • 175g butter
    Butter

    Butter

    butt-err

    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
  • juice 1 lemon
    Lemon

    Lemon

    le-mon

    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • 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
    Prawn

    Prawn

    praw-n

    There are thousands of different species of prawn, but tiger, king and North Atlantic are the…

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.

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Comments (4)

bbcheek's picture
5

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
1

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

ebrierley's picture
5

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
5

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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