Spicy and sweet Thai-style crab cakes. Crisp and delicious on the outside with a flavourful and aromatic filling. Great served with homemade lemon and lime aiöli to cool down the heat!
These spicy crab cakes make a great appetiser, lunch or light bite for dinner. The perfect plate consists of a refreshing Asian-inspired salad and a drizzle of Sriracha to compliment the cakes!
These crab cakes are packed full of flavour! With fresh ginger and chilli, garlic, chopped coriander and parsley, lemon zest and garlic all incased in each beautiful patty. Delicious, spicy and a great mix of taste – they’re definitely restaurant worthy and will wow anyone who tastes them!
2cm piece fresh ginger, peeled and finely diced
2 red chillies, deseeded and finely minced
1 clove of garlic, minced
250g can of white crab meat, drained well – you can swap crab for salmon or tuna, if preferred
1 tbsp chopped coriander
1 tbsp chopped parsley
2 spring onions, roughly chopped
8 tbsp of breadcrumbs
2 large free-range eggs
Vegetable or olive oil oil
Lemon Lime Aiöli –
4-5 tbsp mayonnaise
Zest from 1/2 lime + a squeeze of the juice
Zest 1/2 lemon plus a squeeze of the juice
1 clove of garlic, minced
1. To make the crab cakes: In a medium-sized mixing bowl combine the ginger, chilli, crab meat, coriander, parsley and chopped spring onions. Crack in one of the eggs and add 4 tbsp of the breadcrumbs. Mix to combine.
2. Divide the mixture into 6 equally sized portions. Now mould into patties. Place on a lined tray and pop into the fridge to chill for 30 minutes.
3. One chilled and firm, remove the crab cakes from the fridge. Beat the remaining egg with one tablespoon of water in a separate bowl. Dust each patty with a little of the plain flour, then dip and coat in the beaten egg. Finish by tossing in the breadcrumbs to coat and shaking off the excess breadcrumbs.
4. Preheat oven to 220°C / 200 degrees Fan / 425°F / Gas Mark 7. Heat approx. 2 tbsp of oil in a large frying pan. Once the oil is hot enough, fry the crab cakes 2-3 minutes each side. Then transfer to a large baking dish and finish cooking in the oven for 10 minutes or until piping hot in the centre.
5. To make the aiöli: Combine the mayonnaise with the zest, lime and lemon juice and minced garlic until combined. Serve the crab cakes hot with salad and the aiöli dipping sauce and some extra sweet chilli or a drizzle of Sriracha. I also love to garnish with lime or lemon wedges and a scattering of extra chopped herbs.
So here’s my recipe. These are crispy, spicy and really delicious. We enjoyed these for dinner served with steamed rice and stir-fried veggies, but they are also great served with a simple watercress salad with chopped tomatoes, sliced radishes, cucumber ribbons and a drizzle of olive oil. I hope you do give these a go, they’re exceptionally tasty and really easy to make! #MyVegasRecipe
73 thoughts on “Spicy Thai Crab Cakes with Lemon and Lime Aiöli”
These look wonderful Jess! I love crap cakes 🙂
Thanks so much Josefine! 😀 They’re really delicious and so flavourful!
They were! Super yummy! 😀
your crabe cake is just amazing Jess !
You had been contacted par Vegas.com, its really good ! I can imagine you must be very happy !!
Thanks so much Eva – I’m really happy you like the recipe! 😀 It was great to be reached out by Vegas.com – a great blogging project to take part in! x
Wow, these look absolutely amazing. I’ve never tried canned crab before, so with this recipe, I believe I’m about to 🙂
Thanks Loretta! Canned crab is really delicious and a great alternative to fresh which is high priced. These crab cakes are really delicious and so easy to make! I hope you do try them! 😀
Will definitely buy some crab meat in a can….good tip on refrigerating them for about 30 minutes once they are formed. Hope to try these soon. Thanks for sharing 🙂
Thanks Loretta – I really hope you enjoy the recipe, do let me know how they go for you! 😀 x
this sounds like a great recipe, I will give it a try
Thanks Renee! They were delicious – already cannot wait to make the recipe again! 😀
Jessica these look so delicious and I am loving your spin on the usual crab cakes with thai flavors!! Yummy!
Thanks so much Ami! The flavours and spices really add a delicious addition to the crab! Glad you like the recipe! x
These crab cakes look perfect, Jessica! This is one of my favorite dishes to order at a restaurant, so I’m loving that you made these at home. Sounds delicious!
Thanks so much Gayle – that means the world to me! 😀 Crab cakes are great to recreate at home! I’m so happy you like these! x
I adore crab cakes, and this version sounds so fun and different! I’m loving that aioli too!
Thanks Allie! I’m really happy you like the recipe! They tasted great with the aiöli!
I absolutely adore this fun Thai spin on crab cakes! Looks delicious, Jessica!
Thanks Julia! 😀
Crab is such a nice and tasty meat, even canned! Absolutely love your dish, Jess! 🙂
Thanks so much! Crab is definitely one of my favourite ingredients in savoury cooking – great in pasta and these crab cakes especially! 😀 I’m so happy you like the recipe!
I absolutely adore crab cakes! These are beyond fantastic!
Thanks Jocelyn! Crab cakes are always delicious!
Crab cakes are one of my favorite things to eat! Love how these are spicy!
Thanks so much Eva! The spicy flavour is really subtle, but still super delicious!
I love crab cakes and I always order them when I go out for dinner, but I haven’t make them myself before. Yours sound delicious.
Thanks Dannii! Crab cakes are always my favourite starter at restaurants – so tasty. This recipe was really delicious!
This is SUCH a fun project, Jess–I really love this! And I love how much fun you got to have making these awesome little appetizers. Great recipe, gal!
Thanks so much Ala! 😀 It was great fun to work on and put my twist on the recipe! I’m really pleased you like them, lovely! x
Jess, this is so awesome!!! I love crab cakes and love this spin on them!! also, gimme gimme all the lemon & lime aiöli!! love these!!
Thanks so much Alice! 😀 The aiöli was so good with all the delicious flavours!
These crab cakes look incredible, Jess! I love the Thai flavors you incorporated in them! They sound delicious and perfect with the lemon lime aioli!
Thanks Kelly! 😀 The flavours were incredibly good! I’m happy you like the recipe! x
These crab cakes look amazingly delicious. The aioli is bright and fresh.
Thanks so much Julie! We really enjoyed them and the recipe got compliments all round! 😀 The aiöli was a delicious accompaniment.
These crab cakes look wonderful! They are one of my favorite things to have when I eat out. I love the chili’s in this!
Thanks Kelly! 😀
Yum – I’m a huge fan of crab cakes, and your recipe looks SO delicious!! 🙂
Thanks Christina! 😀
These crab cakes look delicious, Jess! and I’m so drooling at even at name of lemon-lime aioli! yumm!
Thanks so much Savita! 😀 The aioli was delicious alongside the crab cakes!
I love crab cakes and these look like perfection!
Thanks Marcie! 😀
These look so good, Jessica!! Love the lemon and lime flavors to cut the spiciness. Crab cakes are so delicious!!
Thanks so much Rachel! 😀
I love how you adapted it with Thai flavours. Old Bay seasoning is hard to find here too and I bought a box when I was in the states (but haven’t really used it since!) 🙂
Thanks Lorraine! 😀 I wish I’d bought some Old Bay when I was in NYC a few weeks ago! I’ve heard it’s really good! Glad you like the recipe! x
Um, yum. These look absolutely delicious. Thai food has some of my favorite flavors ever, and lemon lime aioli?? These crab cakes seriously sound to die for!
Thanks Annie! They were really delicious and easy to make! Yes – lemon and lime is one of the best combo’s and they taste great together in this mayo! I’m happy you like the recipe! 😀
Love crab cakes and your Thai flavor profile and the aioli are amazing. Love this.
Thanks Suzanne! 😀 x
Oh what a great great combination! Crab cakes with lemon is always a win win!
Thanks Zainab! Definitely – always tastes great! 😀
Love crap cakes! Definitely trying the recipe! SO delicious!
Thanks Mira! I hope you enjoy! 😀
your crab cake recipe is just amazing and very delicious.
Thanks Ariana! 😀
Ooo, yummy! I bet these are just amazing with a squeeze of lime. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks Amber! My pleasure, I’m glad you like them! 😀
Outstanding recipe and so easy to make. Well done, Jess!
Thanks so much Maureen! 😀
These are the perfect appetizers!! I know that my family would love them…they are pretty crab cake-obsessed lol.
Thanks Joanne! 😀
Oh yum! Crab cakes are my favorite and I love the spicy flavors in these!
Thanks Christin! 😀
Are you sure you haven’t missed your vocation and don’t belong in a restaurant kitchen, Jess? 😉 I would definitely order these if I saw them on the menu!
Hehe – aww thanks Helen! You’re always the sweetest and your comments mean the world to me! 😀 These crab cakes were divine!
One word: Yum! I haven’t made crab cakes in some time, I feel it is a summer by the water sort of thing, don’t know why I feel that way but thanks for the reminder ! It is time to whip up some crispy crab cakes!
Thank you so much! 😀 You really must try these crab cakes – they are really delicious and the flavours are just amazing! These are definitely the epitome of summer food!
I am absolutely dying over that lemon lime aioli!!! A perfect flavor combo with the thai crab cakes!! You are a flavor genius!!
Thanks so much Lindsey! 😀
This looks amazing! Love the lemon aioli!