Thai Crabcakes

Thai Crabcakes Recipe
Photo: Ed Anderson
These herb-laden crabcakes, by chef-owner Christine Keff of Flying Fish in Seattle, are held together with a hand-whisked lemongrass aioli. For a shortcut aioli, mix 1 cup mayonnaise with the ginger and 1 teaspoon each lemon and lime zest.


Serves 6 (serving size: 2 patties)
Total time: 1 Hours

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Recipe Time

Total: 1 Hours
Infuse oil: 8 Hours

Nutritional Information

Calories 710
Caloriesfromfat 86 %
Protein 19 g
Fat 69 g
Satfat 5.8 g
Carbohydrate 6.6 g
Fiber 0.5 g
Sodium 463 mg
Cholesterol 158 mg


1 1/2 cups canola oil, plus more for frying
3/4 cup chopped lemongrass*
3 tablespoons roughly chopped ginger
3 large egg yolks
1 pound shelled cooked crab
1 1/2 cups panko
1/2 cup chopped green onion
1/2 cup chopped mint
1/2 cup chopped basil
1/2 cup chopped cilantro leaves
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt


1. Mix oil, lemongrass, and ginger; let sit overnight to develop flavors. Strain oil; discard lemongrass and ginger.

2. Set a medium bowl on a wet kitchen towel. Add yolks and 1 tsp. water and whisk to blend. Pour in oil, drop by drop at first and whisking constantly, until thickened; then pour in rest of oil in a thin stream and whisk until very thick (add 1 tsp. water if needed to thin). Put 1/3 cup aioli in a serving bowl and set aside.

3. Add crab, panko, onion, herbs, and salt to aioli in mixing bowl and stir to combine. Form a thick patty with 1/3 to 1/2 cup crab mixture. Repeat to form 11 more patties.

4. Heat 2 tbsp. oil in a large frying pan. Cook patties in batches, turning once and adding more oil as needed, until golden brown, about 8 minutes per batch. Serve with reserved aioli.

*Peel off the 2 or 3 tough outer layers and chop the tender inner core.

Christine Keff,

Flying Fish, Seattle,


March 2013
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