Thursday, March 19, 2009

Crab Cakes with Tarragon Sauce

Main Dish:How To Make Crab Cakes With A Tarragon Sauce

Use Gluten Free Crackers/Bread Crumbs in place of the Cream Crackers


40g GF crackers or GF bread crumbs
450g fresh or frozen white crab meat
1 egg, beaten
2 tbsp mayonnaise
1 tbsp GF English mustard powder
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 dash of GF Worcester Sauce
2 tbsp chopped parsley
4 tsp clarified butter
salt and white pepper

for the tarragon sauce:

50ml white wine vinegar
4 tbsp clarified butter
1 tomato, skinned, seeded and diced
1 tsp chopped tarragon


1 frying pan
1 mixing bowl
1 chopping board
1 fork
1 plate
1 spatula
1 small saucepan
1 rolling pin


Put the GF crackers in a plastic bag and crush them into fine crumbs with a rolling pin alternatively use GF bread crumbs.

Put the crab meat into a bowl and add just enough of the GF cracker crumbs to absorb any moisture from the crab meat.
You may not need to use it all.

Check crab meat for bits of shell.

Put the beaten egg into a small bowl and whisk in the mayonnaise, GF mustard powder, lemon juice and GF Worcester Sauce.

Fold the mayonnaise mixture into the crab meat, avoiding breaking it up too much, then add the chopped parsley to the mixture.

Shape the mixture into 8 patties

Place a little of the clarified butter in a large frying pan and heat.
Add the crab cakes and cook on a medium heat for 2-3 minutes on each side until golden brown and crispy.

Place the cakes on a plate with some absorbent paper to get rid of any excess fat.

Put the vinegar in the small saucepan, boil and reduce until you have about 2 tablespoons worth.

When the vinegar has reduced add the clarified butter, diced tomato, chopped tarragon and salt and pepper to taste and gently warm the sauce through.

Place 2 of the crab cakes on a pre-warmed plate and spoon the sauce around it.
Serve with a green salad and a crisp white wine.

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