Crab with Lime

This is a starter or a very pretty platter for the kind of meal when you’ve got friends together to watch a film or match together or for New Year’s Eve. Any kind of party when you want to serve up plates of food throughout the evening to keep everyone going (and possibly to soak up the alcohol)


Two tins of white crab meat – though obviously if you live near the coast or have a fantastic fishmonger, fresh is best

Three spring onions

One mild red chilli – the quite big ones – if you don’t like chilli substitute some small firm red tomatoes to remove the heat and retain the colour

Half a cucumber

Lime juice – from a bottle is OK

Small bunch of coriander (or chives work just as well)

3 Little Gem lettuces

Drain crab and place in a bowl

Chop white bits of spring onions as finely as you possibly can, chop fresh green bits slightly less finely

Chop chilli into tiny shreds (or tomatoes into little cubes, discarding the seeds)

Chop cucumber into tiny cubes

Add onions, chilli (or tomato) and cucumber to crab and mix gently, being careful not to break the crab up too much

:: you can prepare up to this point well in advance and cover with clingfilm and keep in the fridge

Add three good desertspoonfuls of lime juice to the bowl, mix gently – taste and add more if required – you probably won’t need salt or pepper, only add if your palate demands

Cut root end from the lettuce and separate out leaves onto a platter or individual plates

Place a spoonful of the crab mixture into each leaf and sprinkle with finely chopped coriander (or chives)


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