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Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, drizzled with bright green herb sauce, these crab cakes with chimichurri sauce are perfect for the season. Serve with an unoaked Chardonnay for a delicious spring pair.
I love this kind of little fritters as a party appetizer. It’s easy to put together, can be prepped in advance and pan-fried just before guests arrive. Serve warm and wash it down with your favorite choice of drinks.
Crab is one of the best sources of protein with omega-3 fatty acid, vitamin B2, copper, phosphorus and very easily digestible. This shellfish is also a great source for Selenium that helps in immune system and in thyroid hormone metabolism. When a food has such great health benefits and tastes so good, it should definitely be consumed more often.
I made these crab cakes in collaboration with Cavit Wines to celebrate the Earth Day. Hailing from northern Italy, these Trentino wines are crafted with quality, honoring their region. I have tried Cavit wines several times and absolutely love their collection. This time, I got the Oak-Zero Chardonnay. The wine has a lovely citrusy fruity tasty which pairs beautifully with fish. So, I decided to try it with crab cakes and it paired perfectly. The chimichurri sauce added the zest that it needed to bring it all together.
THE CHIMICHURRI SAUCE
Chimichurri sauce is a great sauce on any fritter, meat or even noodles. We absolutely love this sauce. It’s bright green, zesty and adds such a pop of color to our dishes. After all, we eat with our eyes first. The sauce does get brown as it sits. So, make it just before serving in the required quantity, as it cannot be stocked for later use.
TIPS ON MAKING THE CRAB CAKES
1. Make sure to use the best quality crabmeat. When you are adding rest of the ingredients to the crabmeat, do not over mix. Just gently fold it together.
2. Shaping crab cake is not easy and it can fall apart easily. I learnt the trick to shape the cakes using a muffin pan and it does work better. The key point is to let the crab cake rest in the refrigerator for at least an hour so it holds the shape better.
3. When frying the crab cakes, don’t rush. Flip the cakes gently. Also, do not over cook the cake.
Crab cakes are so simple and easy to put together that it hardly calls for a recipe. Just flavor it up with your choice of spice, bind it together with egg and add some breadcrumbs for the mild crunch.
Kankana Saxena shares culinary journey, travel stories and passion for photography in her blog 'Playful Cooking'. Her cooking style is mostly nutritional with little bit of indulgence here and there. She believes in the mantra 'homemade is happiness'! She is a native of India but currently resides in Santa Clara, California with her husband.