Heston's prawn & crab cakes recipe | Waitrose

'Zingy little fishcakes complete with dipping sauce and crispy shallots for a bit of crunch' - Heston Blumenthal

Makes: 18


130g mayonnaise
¼ tsp yuzu juice

100g Heston from Waitrose Prawn Cocktail
50g white crab meat
4g garlic, peeled and finely grated
9g red chilli, finely chopped
12g sushi ginger, finely chopped
18g Dijon mustard
20g fish sauce
2g chives, finely chopped
6g fresh coriander, finely chopped
50g breadcrumbs
12g lemon juice
Freshly ground black pepper and chilli powder
20g Waitrose Wholesome Semolina

2 shallots
Oil, for deep frying


1. Combine the sauce ingredients together in a bowl and reserve.

2. For the cakes, mix the prawn cocktail and crab meat in a bowl using a fork. Add all the remaining ingredients apart from the semolina and adjust the seasoning.

3. Divide this mixture into 15g cakes, about 1.5cm thick. Place the semolina on a plate and gently press the cakes in it to coat them, top and bottom.

4. Heat a large, non-stick pan over a medium-high heat and add a thin layer of oil. Fry the cakes, in batches, until golden and crispy on both sides. Place the cakes on kitchen paper to absorb excess oil.

5. To finish, finely slice the shallots into rings using a mandolin. Place a deep pan on a medium-high heat and add oil until it’s three quarters of the way up the sides. Heat to 140°C. Add the shallots and fry for 3 to 4 minutes until crispy and golden. Using a slotted spoon, remove the rings from the oil and place on kitchen paper to absorb excess oil and to cool. Crumble the shallots into small pieces.

6. To serve, place a small dollop of sauce on top of the crab cakes and sprinkle some of the crispy shallots on top.