Valerie Harrison

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Although there are nearly 100 species of crab in British Columbia the local favorite at our fishmongers and markets is Dungeness crab. These are not your traditional east coast crab cakes but a Thai-inspired combination of sweet crabmeat, ginger, and fish sauce all topped with a spicy peanut butter flavored vinaigrette. Serve these crab cakes as a main course with a side of coconut flavored rice and some stir-fried vegetables.

Prep time: 45 minutes
Cook time: 6 minutes
Total time: 51 minutes
Yield: 4 servings

Thai-Inspired Crab Cakes with Spicy Peanut Vinaigrette



1 pound premium lump crabmeat, drained
1 tablespoon freshly-squeezed lemon juice
1 teaspoon ginger, finely minced
5 green onions, finely chopped
½ red bell pepper, finely minced
2 garlic cloves, finely minced
4 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped
1 tablespoon Asian fish sauce
3 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
1 egg white
1 cup dry breadcrumbs, finely crushed (or use panko)
Spicy Peanut Vinaigrette (recipe below)


1. Gently toss the crabmeat with lemon juice and ginger. Set aside.

2. In a small frying pan with 1 tablespoon oil sauté onions, pepper, and garlic until soft. Let cool and toss with crabmeat. Add remaining ingredients, except for breadcrumbs.

tossing ingredients

3. With clean hands form the crab meat mixture into small patties. Coat each crab cake with breadcrumbs and place on a wax paper-lined tray. Top loosely with another sheet of wax paper and and chill in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.


Heat the remaining 3 tablespoons of oil in a large non-stick skillet on medium high heat. Working in batches, place the crab cakes in the pan (do not crowd the pan), and cook until golden brown, about 3 minutes on each side. Drizzle with Spicy Peanut Vinaigrette and serve immediately.


Spicy Peanut Vinaigrette


½ cup rice vinegar
2 teaspoons to 2 tablespoons The Heat is On peanut butter (depending on how spicy you like it)
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 teaspoon brown sugar
½ teaspoondry mustard
1-2 garlic cloves, crushed
Dash of ground red pepper


To prepare dressing, combine vinegar and next 6 ingredients (through red pepper), stirring with a whisk. Refrigerate any leftovers not used in this recipe for a tasty salad dressing.

Whisked dressing

finished dressing

What other dishes would you use Valerie’s Spicy Peanut Butter Vinaigrette on? Leave a comment and on Tuesday, June 26 2012 we’ll choose a random commenter to win a 16oz jar of The Heat Is On, the peanut butter used in this recipe! US residents only.

The winner for this contest is Francisco.

Thai-Inspired Crab Cakes with Spicy Peanut Butter Vinaigrette, 8.5 out of 10 based on 2 ratings

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6 Responses to Thai-Inspired Crab Cakes with Spicy Peanut Butter Vinaigrette

  1. Francisco says:

    I would pair the peanut sauce with grilled pork chops marinated in an asian-inspired marinade such as rice vinegar, garlic, Asian fish sauce, ginger, brown sugar, shallots, and sriracha.

  2. Teresa Wilson says:

    I want to try it as a dipping sauce for spring rolls.

  3. megan kupres says:

    I would use it as a salad dressing to add some spice to my greens

  4. Nathan says:

    First off, great recipie
    Second, Id put in on a peppery arugla salad, topped with strawberries and goat cheese fritters

  5. Monique says:

    They look great..I wonder why I have not seen that PB here?:(

  6. Mireya @myhealthyeatinghabits says:

    Congratulations on winning a trip to the Eat, Write, Retreat. The crab cakes sound delicious!

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