Crab cakes with sweet chilli & ginger dipping sauce

Crab cakes with sweet chilli & ginger dipping sauce

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Prep: 25 mins Cook: 25 mins


Serves 4
An easy help-yourself starter with the zest and spice of ginger and chilli

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freeze crab cakes only

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal467
  • fat18g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs65g
  • sugars49g
  • fibre1g
  • protein16g
  • salt2.75g
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  • 75g French beans, finely sliced
  • 200g fresh white crabmeat
  • 1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 4 spring onions, trimmed and finely chopped
    Spring onions

    Spring onion

    sp-ring un-yun

    Also known as scallions or green onions, spring onions are in fact very young onions, harvested…

  • 1 tbsp freshly grated ginger



    Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…

  • grated zest 1 lime



    The same shape, but smaller than…

  • 1 tbsp chopped coriander
  • 75g fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 egg, beaten



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…

  • sunflower oil, for frying
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil is made from pressing sunflower seeds and extracting the oil. It's usually…

For the dipping sauce

  • 5 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 2 red chillies, roughly chopped
  • 6cm piece ginger, peeled and roughly chopped



    Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…

  • 2 dried kaffir lime leaves
  • 1 stalk lemongrass, trimmed and roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp chopped coriander
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 50ml rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce or lime juice
    Fish sauce

    Fish sauce

    A seasoning often used in Vietnamese and Thai cooking. In Vietnam it is usually made from shrimp…

  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
    Soy sauce

    Soy sauce

    soy sor-s

    An Asian condiment and ingredient that comes in a variety of of varieties ranging from light to…


  1. To make the dipping sauce, blend the garlic, chillies, ginger, lime leaves, lemongrass and coriander in a food processor until very finely chopped. Tip the sugar into a small saucepan, add 3 tbsp water and heat gently to dissolve. Continue to cook for another min or so until the syrup starts to thicken slightly.

  2. Add the chilli and ginger mixture, and continue to cook for a further 2-3 mins. Then stir in the rice vinegar, fish sauce and soy sauce. Remove from the heat and leave to cool to room temperature.

  3. Cook the beans in a small pan of boiling salted water for 1-2 mins until tender. Drain and refresh under cold running water, then leave to dry on kitchen paper. Mix the crab with the cooked beans and all the remaining ingredients, apart from the sunflower oil. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper and shape into 8 small patties.

  4. Heat 1-2 tbsp sunflower oil in a frying pan and cook 4 crab cakes at a time until golden brown on both sides. Remove from the pan and keep warm while you cook the remainder. Serve with the sweet chilli dipping sauce.

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7th Feb, 2018
I've used this recipe several times now and it's always greeted with enthusiasm. The dipping sauce is particularly delicious.
6th Apr, 2013
I didn't have ginger or coriander and I used normal onions which I fried until soft as I didn't have spring onions. They still turned out great and were delicious, I would highly recommend this recipe, I didn't make the sauce, I just used a shop bought sweet chili sauce but it was fine. I would definitely make these again, they can be made in advance and so I think they're a good option for a dinner party.
16th Mar, 2013
Saw this recipe on the good-food magazine and instantly started drooling. For my GCSE food, I've decided to make the crab cakes from this recipe alone. I trialed the recipe and made the crab cakes but instead of crab i used canned tuna and they were so delicious. just need to make the cakes hold on together and i need to make sure i don't over fry them but other than that they were wonderful. i really do recommend this recipe to anyone.
12th Dec, 2012
I have made these a few times now. Really delicious. For me it works with tinned crab meat. It is a pity the sauce can't be kept longer. Quite some work to make, but worth it.
Julia S
30th Jul, 2013
Hi! I made this sauce in early May and kept it in a small kilner jar in the fridge. We used the last of it last night (end of July) so it does keep quite a long time! We absolutely love it. I have been searching for years for a dipping sauce like this and now I need never buy one again!
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6th Apr, 2012
Haven't made the crab cakes but tried the sweet chilli sauce and it was delicious. Might use a little less sugar next time as it was a tad too sweet, but this recipe is easily tweaked to suit personal tastes. I will never use shop bought again!
26th Mar, 2012
Hmmmm, best crab cakes ever!!! I use some chopped prawns in addition to the crab (tinned); yummy!
20th Nov, 2011
Seemed to take forever to make. The sauce was really lovely and would definitely make again. The cakes were disappointing - maybe because I used tinned crab meat instead of fresh.
25th Oct, 2011
Do I freeze before or after frying? If after how long and how would I reheat?
18th Sep, 2011
I havent tried the crabcakes yet but made the dipping sauce to go with the salmon burger recipe and im very impressed! Really easy to do and tastes just like shop bought. I omitted the coriander as Im not a fan and used 2 tbsps of soy sauce as I had no fish sauce but still tasted great! My only criticism is that its not as sticky as I would like but this may be due to my own impatience.


16th Sep, 2016
Hi, I'm having a dinner party tomorrow night and wondered if I could make these crab cakes today (the day before) and keep the mixture in the fridge until ready to fry.Thanks
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29th Sep, 2016
Hi there,Unfortunately we're a little late for your dinner party deadline but the answer to your question is yes, you could make the crab cakes the day before. Hope this helps for future occasions.
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