Thai Crabcakes

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.

Yield: Serves 6 (serving size: 2 patties)
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Recipe Time

Total: 1 Hour
Infuse Oil: 8 Hours

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • 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. 1. Mix oil, lemongrass, and ginger; let sit overnight to develop flavors. Strain oil; discard lemongrass and ginger.
  2. 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. 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. 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.
  5. *Peel off the 2 or 3 tough outer layers and chop the tender inner core.
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