Crab sandwiches wrapped in paper on checked tablecloth

Best ever crab sandwiches

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Prep: 20 mins


Makes 4 deep-filled sandwiches

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

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per sandwich

  • kcal529
  • fat28g
  • saturates9g
  • carbs41g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre3g
  • protein30g
  • salt2.65g
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  • 8 hand-cut slices best-quality brown or granary bread
  • unsalted butter, for spreading



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 1 lemon, cut into 4 wedges, to serve



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

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



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

  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • big pinch cayenne pepper
  • few drops brandy (optional)



    Brandy is a distilled spirit made from virtually any fermented fruit or starchy vegetable.…

For the white meat

  • picked white meat from the same crab


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

  • small handful chopped mixed herbs such as parsley, dill, tarragon, chervil and chives
  • juice ½ lemon



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

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    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.

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9th Jan, 2013
@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
10th Oct, 2012
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.
12th Jul, 2011
I cannot stand mayonnaise or tomato ketchup is there anything else to use instead. chrisc
12th Jul, 2011
Try your local fishmongers they usually have crab meat already prepared so no messing about.
1st Jun, 2011
My goodness, this sounds yummy! Isn't there any way you could use tinned crab? :-/ I suppose not...
27th Aug, 2009
Absolutely glorious. Must be the world's best sandwich!
9th Jul, 2009
I love crab, this is a definate must make, sounds absolutley delcious, thx Barney :))
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9th Jul, 2009
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.
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