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  • 500g Maris Piper or other floury potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 2 spring onions, finely chopped
  • 300g white crabmeat
  • a pinch cayenne pepper
  • ½ lemon, zested
  • 75g plain flour
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 100g panko or dried breadcrumbs
  • vegetable oil, for frying
  • watercress, to serve


  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • 120ml olive oil
  • 50g brown crabmeat
  • 1 tbsp capers, drained and chopped
  • finely chopped to make 1 tbsp flat-leaf parsley
  • 6 cornichons, finely chopped
  • finely chopped to make 1 tsp dill or chives


  • STEP 1

    To start the tartare sauce, whizz the egg yolk, mustard and lemon in a jug or tall container using a stick blender. With the motor running, slowly drizzle in the olive oil, a little at a time, and continue blending until the mixture starts to emulsify. When all the oil has been added, fold in the brown crabmeat and check for seasoning, adding a little more lemon juice, salt and pepper or a dash of water if the mayonnaise is too thick. Cover and chill.

  • STEP 2

    Cook the potatoes in a pan of boiling water until very tender, then drain and leave to steam-dry. Push through a ricer if you have one, or use a sieve to remove any small lumps. Tip the mash into a bowl with the spring onions, white crabmeat, cayenne and lemon zest. Season well and fold in 2 tbsp of the mayonnaise mixture. Stir briefly until just combined, then mould into eight crab cakes. Put on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Chill for 30 minutes until firm.

  • STEP 3

    Put the flour, eggs and breadcrumbs in three separate bowls. Fold the remaining ingredients for the tartare sauce into the remaining mayonnaise mixture.

  • STEP 4

    Once the crab cakes are firm, lightly dust in the flour, then dip into the egg and coat in the breadcrumbs. Heat a 1⁄2cm depth of oil in a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat and fry the crab cakes for 4-5 minutes on each side or until golden, crisp and piping hot. Serve with the tartare sauce and watercress.

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