Australian Blue Swimmer Crab Cakes with Dill Mayonnaise

It may be the depths of winter, but here at Dawson’s Oysters, we believe that our beautiful Australian Blue Swimmer Crab meat is so delicious and healthy it should be eaten all year round. If you fancy some crab, there’s no need to wait until summer to enjoy it. We’ve done the work for you and tracked down an easy recipe that’s ideal for any time of the year and almost any occasion!

Nutritionally crab meat is full of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B12 and selenium – it’s also a great source of protein, very low in fat and doesn’t contain high levels of mercury. It generally has a gentle salty flavour that doesn’t have a high fishy aftertaste.

The recipe that we’re recommending calls for cooked crab meat. Our Australian Blue Swimmer Crab comes raw but is easy to pre-cook by simply adding the bag to a pan of boiling water for two to three minutes.

The recipe also calls for Jatz crackers for the crumbs, but we’d like to point out that we sell a range of premium breadcrumbs in the store which would be a delicious substitute and for those that need to go gluten free – we’ve got gluten free breadcrumbs too.

For a quick cheat, we also sell tartare sauce with lemon and dill or a fabulous garlic aioli which could be used in place of the mayonnaise in this recipe.

These crab cakes can be used as a starter at your next dinner party, served as a light lunch with a side salad, a fabulous addition to lunchboxes for school or work, a great afternoon snack or you could even enjoy a crab cake burger for an easy dinner!



750g (about 4) sebago potatoes, cooked, mashed, cooled

3 spring onions, finely chopped

1 tsp Dijon mustard

1 tbsp lemon zest, plus 1 tbsp lemon juice

12 savoury crackers (we used Jatz), crushed

500g cooked crabmeat, drained

1 egg, lightly beaten

1/4 cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley, plus leaves to serve

1 cup (300g) whole-egg mayonnaise

1 tbsp finely chopped dill

Sunflower oil, to shallow-fry

Lime wedges, to serve



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