RECIPES

Crabcakes with a rice noodle salad

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Give crabcakes an oriental twist by serving them with a flavourful noodle salad.

Ingredients

For the crabcakes

For the rice noodles and dressing

To serve

Method

  1. Boil the potatoes in a saucepan of lightly salted water for about 15 minutes, or until tender. Drain well, and then return to the pan. Mash with a fork or potato masher until smooth.

  2. Heat the oil in a deep fat fryer or a deep-sided, heavy bottomed pan to 180C, or until a breadcrumb sizzles and turns golden-brown when dropped into it. (CAUTION: hot oil can be dangerous. Do not over-fill the pan or leave unattended).

  3. Add the butter, coriander, chilli and season with salt and pepper. Stir together to mix thoroughly, then leave to cool completely.

  4. Meanwhile, check the crabmeats carefully for any flecks of shell and discard. Add the crabmeats to the mashed potato mixture. Add the lime juice then shape into 4 round patties. If the mixture sticks to your hands, dip your hands in cold water.

  5. Carefully add the crabcakes to the oil and cook for 3-4 minutes, until golden-brown on the underside, then carefully turn them and cook for another 3-4 minutes on the other side. When fully cooked, remove from the fryer and drain on kitchen paper.

  6. Cook the noodles according to the packet instructions and place in a large bowl.

  7. Place all the other ingredients in a food processor and blend to a rough paste. Add the dressing to the noodles and mix well.

  8. Place the noodles in the centre of serving bowls and top with the crabcakes. Garnish with the coriander cress, chilli and spring onions.

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