Chilli and corn crab cakes with crème fraiche and fried capers

All served up and ready to hand around on a balmy autumn evening.

by Jamison Godfrey •

Fresh blue swimmer crabs are usually quite easy to find around the country either cooked or uncooked and reasonably priced.

I prefer to buy them whole cooked and strip the meat from them myself, that way I know exactly what I’m using, sometimes the pre-done crab meat can be a little suspicious, especially if it is on the cheap side.

Having said that though, there are a number of Australian crab meats on the market of very high quality either cooked or raw which you could source if you don’t want the mucking around and mess. If you go down that path buy the cooked meat for this recipe.

450g blue swimmer crab meat
2 eggs
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 cup breadcrumbs
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 cloves garlic crushed
1 corn cob stripped of kernels
½ bunch chives chopped
5 birds eye chillies chopped
1 lemon zest and juice of
2 tablespoons Lancashire relish
Salt and pepper to taste
Panko bread crumbs to coat cakes
Vegetable oil for frying
Baby capers fried
Crème fraiche to serve


Once you have stripped the cooked crab meat from the shell, place it into a bowl.

Place the remaining crab cake ingredients into a bowl and combine well, now lightly fold the crab meat in and try to avoid breaking up too much leaving some chunks in if possible.

Roll the mixture into ball shapes and coat in panko bread crumbs.

Heat vegetable oil to 170°C and fry in small batches until golden, drain on paper towel and cool slightly. Place a small dollop of crème fraiche on top of the crab cakes, garnish with some crisp fried baby capers and start handing them around before they cool down too much.

Fry them till they are golden brown, then drain and allow to cool slightly.
All rolled up and ready for the hot oil.
All the ingredients ready to mix – don’t over mix the crab meat and try to keep some in lumps.
Crisp fried capers ready for the main event.

This recipe is from award winning chef Jamison Godfrey of the Drunken Admiral restaurant in Hobart, Tasmania. If you’re ever in Hobart we highly recommend visiting the Drunken Admiral and sampling their delicious menu of seasonal, local produce for yourself.
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