Serves 24 Crab Cakes
8 oz (250 g) crabmeat, picked over for shells
¼ cup + 3 tbsp (105 ml) mayonnaise, divided
2 green onions, trimmed, finely sliced
2 tbsp (30 ml) soy sauce or tamari
1 tsp (5 ml) finely grated lime zest
½ cup + 2 tbsp (155 ml) panko bread crumbs, divided
½ cup (125 ml) all-purpose flour
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
3 large eggs
¼ cup (60 ml) sesame seeds, mixture of white and black
¾ cup (175 ml) vegetable oil, plus extra as needed
1½ tsp (7 ml) wasabi paste, for garnish
1 English cucumber, for garnish
3 radishes, thinly sliced, for garnish
½ cup (125 ml) drained pickled ginger, for garnish


  1. In a medium bowl, stir together crabmeat, ¼ cup (60 ml) mayonnaise, green onions, soy sauce and zest. Add 2 tbsp (30 ml) bread crumbs and stir until well combined. Refrigerate mixture for 1 hour.
  2. Meanwhile, set up a frying station. Whisk together flour with a good pinch of salt and pepper. In a separate bowl, whisk eggs. In a third bowl, stir remaining ½ cup (125 ml) bread crumbs with sesame seeds.
  3. Once crab mixture has been chilled, form into 1 tbsp (15 ml) balls. Coat balls in seasoned flour before shaking to remove excess. Shape into cakes about ¾-in (2 cm) high and about 1-in (2.5 cm) in diameter. One at a time, dip flour-coated cakes in egg, allowing excess to drip away, then roll in bread crumb mixture.
  4. Heat oil in a medium frying pan over medium heat until hot, but not smoking. Working in batches, fry several crab cakes at a time, turning once, until golden brown and crisp, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate before cooking remaining cakes. Add more oil to frying pan as needed. At this stage, crab cakes may be placed on a parchment-lined baking sheet and frozen until firm, about 1 hour. Transfer to an airtight container and freeze up to 5 weeks.
  5. When ready to serve, preheat oven to 425 F (220 C). Arrange crab cakes on a baking sheet and warm in oven until heated through, about 10 to 15 minutes, or slightly longer if cooking from frozen.
  6. While crab cakes bake, stir together remaining 3 tbsp (45 ml) mayonnaise with 1½ tsp (7 ml) wasabi paste until well combined. Using a vegetable peeler, cut ribbons from cucumber before cutting in thirds.
  7. Arrange crab cakes on a serving platter and garnish each with a folded ribbon of cucumber, slices of radish and pickled ginger. Dot with wasabi mayonnaise and serve immediately.
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