Crab & tangled asparagus salad on toast served on a plate

Crab & tangled asparagus salad on toast

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 3 mins


Serves 4

Shave asparagus into ribbons to top Tom Kerridge's crab on toast – it isn’t something you see often and gives the dish a chef's touch. It makes a lovely starter 

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal532
  • fat43g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs19g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre2g
  • protein16g
  • salt1.3g
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  • 4 asparagus spears, woody ends trimmed



    Labour-intensive to grow, asparagus are the young shoots of a cultivated lily plant. They're…

  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced



    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

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • small handful flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped



    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…

  • 1 tbsp capers, drained and chopped
    Capers in bowl



    Capers are the small flower buds of the Capparis shrub that grows in the Mediterranean. As they…

  • 1 small gherkin, chopped
  • 6 tbsp good-quality thick mayonnaise
  • 200g white crabmeat
  • 4 small slices of sourdough



    Sourdough is a method of leavening bread, based on uncooked bread dough (known as 'mother…

  • 4 small handfuls rocket (about 50g)



    Rocket is a very 'English' leaf, and has been used in salads since Elizabethan times. It…


  1. Use a swivel blade peeler to shave the asparagus into ribbons. Put in a bowl and season with salt and pepper, then dress with the lemon juice and olive oil and set aside.

  2. Mix the parsley, capers, gherkin and lemon zest into the mayonnaise in a small bowl, then gently fold through the crabmeat. Toast or griddle the sourdough and top with the crab mixture. Toss the rocket in with the asparagus and top each crab toast with a tangle of the asparagus salad. Season with flaky sea salt and serve.

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John Mckenzie's picture
John Mckenzie
21st Mar, 2020
Delicious. Found myself not knowing what to do with a crab I’d been bought. I used all the meat not just the white and upped the capers and gherkin to offset the extra richness but it still worked well.
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