Crab, mango, lime and coriander salad


I spotted this bright little chap, glowing in the sunshine, in perhaps one of the last Summery days this year and snapped him up on a whim.

Now if there were a Venn diagram with mango and lime on either side, a crab would most certainly be sat happily in the middle. The fresh and sweet taste of the crab tastes superb with the sharp mango and lime and combines to create a salad not even an octopus would turn its beak at.


Crab, mango, lime and coriander salad

Serves: 2

  • 1 medium sized dressed crab
  • 1 unripe green mango
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 30g coriander, chopped
  • 3 shallots, finely chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, mashed
  • A chunk of cucumber  – approx 10cm
  • 2 tablepoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon chilli flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Take the crab-meat out of the shell using a fork. Under the white meat will be the brown – while the white is light, delicate sweet, the brown is creamy, meaty and earthy. I love both.

Finely chop the shallots and the coriander and mix into the crab meat. Then using a peeler, peel the skin of the mango and shave ribbons of mango into the bowl, cut the cucumber in half and shave into ribbons too.

Make the dressing: add the oil, garlic, sugar, salt, lime and chilli flakes into a small bowl and mix together vigorously using a fork. It should be tart and sweet, with a real a kick.

Add the dressing to the crab and mix – divide between two plates and serve.


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