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.
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Infuse Oil: 8 Hours
- Calories: 710
- Calories from fat: 86%
- Protein: 19g
- Fat: 69g
- Saturated fat: 5.8g
- Carbohydrate: 6.6g
- Fiber: 0.5g
- Sodium: 463mg
- Cholesterol: 158mg
- 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.
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