Royal Thai Crab Cakes are made with fresh lump crabmeat, fluffy cooked rice and bits of salty ham. These light, crisp crab croquettes paired with sweet and sour dipping sauce are a fantastic appetizer, fit for royalty.
I threw my back out the morning of our Passover Seder while rearranging tables and chairs. I wasn't sure what to do. I got lots of contradictory advice: "use ice," "use heat," "go to a chiropractor," "never go to a chiropractor," "lay low," "stay active and walk it out."
I decided to take Advil and sit and read cookbooks until the pain subsided. I picked up True Thai by Victor Sodsook which I've had in my cookbook collection for years but never gave my full attention. So many great looking recipes jumped out at me but the Royal Thai crab cakes were the most compelling.
I love that this dish was developed for royalty and that the crabmeat is bound with cooked rice instead of bread crumbs.
HOW TO MAKE ROYAL THAI CRAB CAKES:
Put all of the ingredients into a large bowl: lump crabmeat, cooked rice, chopped ham, eggs, flour, condensed milk and salt. The combination of fresh lump crabmeat and fluffy cooked rice makes for a delicate texture and brings out the sweetness of the crab. Tiny bits of chopped salty ham add a delicious depth of flavor.
Mix everything together and form into small, 2-inch patties. Coat the patties with Panko crumbs and sauté them until they're golden brown.
When you sauté the crab cakes, they get a beautiful golden brown crispy crust.
Sweet and sour dipping sauce is the perfect accompaniment and a cinch to make. In a small saucepan, simmer a mixture of water, vinegar, sugar and salt for about 10 minutes. Remove it from the heat. When cool, mix with thinly sliced cucumbers, shallots, and chilies.
Serve Royal Thai Crab Cakes as an appetizer or as a first course for a sit down dinner.
I can see why these are suitable for royalty. They have that wonderful balance of complex flavors that is so prized in Thai cuisine, and they make an elegant presentation on a platter.
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Here's the Royal Thai Crab Cakes recipe. If you try this recipe I hope you'll come back to leave a star rating and a comment. I'd love to know what you think!Print