Mini Asian Crab Cakes

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READY IN: 55mins
SERVES: 12
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

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DIRECTIONS

  • Flake crabmeat with a fork in a medium bowl; stir in 1/4 cup mayonnaise, scallions, soy sauce, 1/2 teaspoon wasabi, and zest.
  • Stir in 2 tablespoons breadcrumbs. Cover with plastic wrap; chill 1 hour.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt, and pepper; set aside.
  • In a small bowl, beat eggs with 1 tablespoon water; set aside.
  • In a shallow bowl, stir together sesame seeds and remaining 1/2 cup breadcrumbs.
  • Form one scant tablespoon crab mixture into a ball; dip in seasoned flour. Flatten into a 3/4-inch high cake about 1 1/4 inches in diameter.
  • Repeat with remaining crab mixture.
  • Dip cakes in egg mixture, then roll in breadcrumb mixture.
  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat until hot but not smoking.
  • Add half the crab cakes; cook, turning once, until golden and crisp on both sides, about 4 minutes.
  • Using a slotted spatula, transfer to paper towel-lined plates to drain. Repeat with remaining cakes, adding more oil if needed.
  • Let cool completely.
  • Transfer crab cakes to a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • Freeze (uncovered) until firm, about 1 hour.
  • Transfer to an airtight container; freeze until ready to use, up to 6 weeks.
  • To serve, preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Place the crab cakes on an ungreased baking sheet, and bake until heated through, 10 to 14 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, stir together remaining 3 tablespoons mayonnaise and 1 1/2 teaspoons wasabi.
  • Using a vegetable peeler, make 24 (2-by-3/4-inch) ribbons from cucumber; fold each ribbon into thirds.
  • Dot each crab cake with 1/2 teaspoon wasabi mayonnaise; top with a slice of cucumber and a slice of ginger.
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