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 always is preferred choice for clean eating. This lets you to select foods that have low quantities of harmful fats, sodium, chemicals or processed sugar. For those seeking healthier sources of animal protein in their diet, fresh crab is excellent choice. Traditional protein sources like red meat, poultry, and eggs typically contain high levels of cholesterol, saturated fats increasing the risk of obesity, heart disease. Crab meat is rich in protein, low in calories, and has no carbohydrates.
In my trip to fish market, I saw claw meat. It is perfect as it is easy to use, instead of steaming are breaking claws. An easy way to remove crab meat from 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, first recipe caught my eye is crab cake. All the recipes said to add mayonnaise. But I don’t use mayonnaise at home. Its 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.
I asked kids to help me remove claw meat. I am slightly allergic to seafood. When ever I eat, my mouth feels itchy. If I have 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 corn starch. Mixed thoroughly. You don’t have to use blue poppy seeds. Regular poppy seeds are just fine.
Took some bread crumbs 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 - coconut
- ¼ cup - blue poppy seeds (Substitute white poppy seeds if you don't have blue ones)
- 2 - Eggs
- 1 tsp - corn starch (If your mixture is not intact to make patties, add more)
- 1 cup - bread crumbs
- 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 bread crumbs.
- Place in oil.
- Fry both sides till golden brown.
- Serve hot.