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Crab cakes with sweet chilli & ginger dipping sauce

  • 75g French beans, finely sliced
  • 200g fresh white crabmeat
  • 1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 4 spring onions, trimmed and finely chopped Spring onion sp-ring un-yunAlso known as scallions or green onions, spring onions are in fact very young onions, harvested…
  • 1 tbsp freshly grated ginger Ginger jin-jerMainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…
  • grated zest 1 lime Lime ly-mThe same shape, but smaller than…
  • 1 tbsp chopped coriander
  • 75g fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 egg, beaten Egg eggThe ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…
  • sunflower oil, for frying Sunflower oilA variety of oils can be used for baking. Sunflower is the one we use most often at Good Food as…
  • 5 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 2 red chillies, roughly chopped
  • 6cm piece ginger, peeled and roughly chopped Ginger jin-jerMainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…
  • 2 dried kaffir lime leaves
  • 1 stalk lemongrass, trimmed and roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp chopped coriander
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 50ml rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce or lime juice Fish sauceA seasoning often used in Vietnamese and Thai cooking. In Vietnam it is usually made from shrimp…
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce Soy sauce soy sor-sAn Asian condiment and ingredient that comes in a variety of of varieties ranging from light to…
  • To make the dipping sauce, blend the garlic, chillies, ginger, lime leaves, lemongrass and coriander in a food processor until very finely chopped. Tip the sugar into a small saucepan, add 3 tbsp water and heat gently to dissolve. Continue to cook for another min or so until the syrup starts to thicken slightly.
  • Add the chilli and ginger mixture, and continue to cook for a further 2-3 mins. Then stir in the rice vinegar, fish sauce and soy sauce. Remove from the heat and leave to cool to room temperature.
  • Cook the beans in a small pan of boiling salted water for 1-2 mins until tender. Drain and refresh under cold running water, then leave to dry on kitchen paper. Mix the crab with the cooked beans and all the remaining ingredients, apart from the sunflower oil. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper and shape into 8 small patties.
  • Heat 1-2 tbsp sunflower oil in a frying pan and cook 4 crab cakes at a time until golden brown on both sides. Remove from the pan and keep warm while you cook the remainder. Serve with the sweet chilli dipping sauce.