Best-ever crab sandwiches

Best-ever crab sandwiches

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Cooking time

Prep: 20 mins

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Makes 4 deep-filled sandwiches

A classic crab sandwich made a bit more substantial with a few of Barney's favourite flavours

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  • 8 hand-cut slices best-quality brown or granary bread
  • unsalted butter, for spreading
  • 1 lemon, cut into 4 wedges, to serve

For the crab paste

  • brown crabmeat from 1 large brown crab, about 1½ kg in its shell (reserve the white meat, see below)
  • 1 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp tomato ketchup
  • juice ½ lemon
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • big pinch cayenne pepper
  • few drops brandy (optional)

For the white meat

  • picked white meat from the same crab
  • small handful chopped mixed herbs such as parsley, dill, tarragon, chervil and chives
  • juice ½ lemon
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

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  1. Make the crab paste: mix the ingredients together in a bowl and season, then set aside. In a separate bowl, mix the white meat with the herbs, lemon juice, oil and seasoning.
  2. Spread the bread lightly with butter, then spoon and spread the crab paste over 4 of the slices. Pile the white meat over, then top with the remaining bread. Cut the crusts off, if you like, and serve halved or in small triangles or squares with lemon wedges on the side.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, September 2008

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emz108's picture

@chrisc - If you really don't want to try the mayo and ketchup, you could maybe try some creme fraiche/cream cheese with a pinch of paprika in it

di8nac's picture
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I do love crab but as a food it can be quite bland (white meat especially) but this recipe works really well, I enjoyed it enormously.

rueben's picture

I cannot stand mayonnaise or tomato ketchup is there anything else to use instead.


kimkap's picture

Try your local fishmongers they usually have crab meat already prepared so no messing about.

helenrothwell's picture

My goodness, this sounds yummy! Isn't there any way you could use tinned crab? :-/ I suppose not...

dragonqueen's picture
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Absolutely glorious. Must be the world's best sandwich!

holmfirth's picture

I love crab, this is a definate must make, sounds absolutley delcious, thx Barney :))

lostkat's picture
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Absolutely beautiful. We bought a couple of live crabs from the local fish market to make these sandwiches amongst other things. They were seriously nice. Just enough additional ingredients to add more flavour, but not overpower the delicate crab. Will definitely make again.