Presenting clean crab cakes with an Indian twist. Adding Indian twist to crab cake will make everyone’s jaw drop. Are you that person who likes to make special food for family and friends? Then this recipe is for you. Crab cakes recipe typically includes mayonnaise. You can make clean crab cakes without mayonnaise. I replaced mayonnaise with healthy fat in coconut. To replace mayonnaise creamy texture, I used poppy seed paste, and egg for binding. You will not miss mayonnaise, on the other hand, you will enjoy healthy, fresh, clean crab cake made of least processed ingredients. No artificial flavors, chemicals. You can safely replace blue poppy seeds with regular white ones.
Crab is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA. In the last few years, the shift towards healthier eating has been increasing. As packaged foods carry high amounts of sodium, preservatives. Fresh meat is always the preferred choice for clean eating over frozen or canned. This lets you select foods that have low quantities of unhealthy fats, sodium, chemicals or processed sugar. For those seeking healthier sources of animal protein in their diet, fresh crab is an excellent choice. Traditional protein sources like red meat, poultry, and eggs typically contain high levels of cholesterol, saturated fats increase the risk of obesity, heart disease. Crab meat is rich in protein, low in calories, and has no carbohydrates.
In my trip to the fresh fish market, I saw crab claw meat. It is perfect as it is easy to remove meat. Instead of steaming, breaking claws and then removing meat. An easy way to remove crab meat from the whole crab is to break off the claws, place in a strong plastic bag, and whack it with a rolling-pin. My daughter is a fan of crab. I never ate crabs in my childhood. So I never knew how it tastes and how to cook. But for my daughter, I wanted to try. I searched for crab recipes. Though I saw many, the first recipe caught my eye is crab cake. All the recipes said to add mayonnaise. But I don’t use mayonnaise at home. It’s okay. I looked in my refrigerator, saw parsley and fresh shredded coconut. There it is!!! As coconut is dry, I needed something to keep cakes intact. I was not sure what to add. Ended up adding egg.
I asked kids to help me remove claw meat. I am slightly allergic to seafood. Whenever I eat, my mouth feels itchy. If I have a skin tear in the mouth I get slight swelling in that area. Once, after I ate seafood, I put my finger in my eye. Layer on the eye has swollen. End of the day I couldn’t move my eye. Next day morning I was fine. Since then, I avoid touching seafood.
After my kids gave me shredded claw meat, I added cumin, coconut, blue poppy-seed powder, parsley, egg, cumin, salt and little cornstarch. Mixed thoroughly. You don’t have to use blue poppy seeds. Regular poppy seeds are just fine. Took some breadcrumbs in a bowl. Made patties, kept them aside. Heated oil in a pan. Dipped patties in bread crumbs, place in oil. I let them fry till golden brown colored. Flipped and let them fry till golden brown. Yum Yum. My daughter liked them. She was happy that I made crab at home.
- 2 cups - shredded crab claw meat
- ½ tsp - cumin
- ½ cup - parsley
- ¼ cup - freshly grated coconut or grated dried coconut
- ¼ cup - blue poppy seeds (Substitute white poppy seeds if you don't have blue ones)
- 2 - Eggs
- 1 tsp - cornstarch (If your mixture is not intact to make patties, add more)
- 1 cup - breadcrumbs
- Oil of your choice
- Add all the ingredients except bread crumbs in a bowl. Mix thoroughly.
- Make flattened patties. Keep aside.
- Heat oil in a pan.
- Roll patties in breadcrumbs.
- Place in oil.
- Fry both sides till golden brown.
- Serve hot.