Little crab cakes & herby tartare

Use crab to take your fishcakes to the next level. These are ideal for sharing and dunking in our tangy tartare sauce. If you can, use fresh crabmeat

  • Prep:30 mins
    Cook:1 hrs 50 mins
    plus chilling
  • Serves 6
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 452
  • fat 26g
  • saturates 3g
  • carbs 35g
  • sugars 2g
  • fibre 3g
  • protein 18g
  • salt 0.9g


  • 2 large potatoes (about 600g)
  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil, plus extra for frying
  • 100g brown crabmeat
  • 200g white crabmeat
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • pinch of mustard powder
  • 50g plain flour
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 100g panko breadcrumbs, or fresh breadcrumbs
  • lemon wedges, to serve
  • 120g mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp capers, drained and roughly chopped
  • ½ small bunch of dill, finely chopped
  • ¼ small bunch of tarragon, finely chopped


Bake the potatoes

Baking potatoes instead of boiling them means they’ll retain less water, so your fishcakes will be firmer in the end.

Try cayenne pepper

Cayenne pepper balances the delicate flavours of the crab cakes and adds a nice kick.

Use panko breadcrumbs

Panko breadcrumbs make a super-crispy exterior. Find panko in the Japanese section of the supermarket.


  1. Heat the oven to 200C/180C fan/ gas 6. Prick the potatoes all over with a fork, rub with the oil, put on a baking sheet and bake for 1 hr 30 mins, or until a knife can be easily inserted. Leave to cool a little.

  2. Put all the crabmeat, the lemon zest, cayenne and mustard powder into a bowl with a large pinch of salt. Halve the potatoes and scoop the flesh into the bowl. Gently fold everything together, then form into 12 small patties using your hands.

  3. Tip the flour into a shallow bowl, pour the egg into a second, and the breadcrumbs in a third. Dip each patty into the flour, then the egg, and finally, roll in the breadcrumbs. Put the fishcakes on a plate and chill for 10 mins.

  4. For the tartare sauce, combine all the ingredients in a bowl. Set aside. 

  5. Heat the oven to 200C/180C fan/ gas 6. Heat a good glug of oil in a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat, and fry half the crab cakes for 3 mins on each side, or until golden and crisp. Transfer to a baking sheet and bake for 8-10 mins, or until cooked through.

  6. Serve the crab cakes on a platter with a bowl of the tartare sauce on the side for dipping.

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