So often crab meat is mixed with mayonnaise (I’ve already done a post myself) but this is a fresh alternative which is a bit more sophisticated and interesting.


Recipe for crab with coriander


Serves two for lunch with bread, or four as a starter


  • 1 baby gem
  • 1 tbsp garlic oil (or warm some oil and infuse a garlic clove in it for an hour or so
  • 150g/6 oz crab meat
  • About two inches/5 cm of cucumber, diced small
  • 2 spring onions (peeled, tailed, finely sliced to include an inch or so (couple of cm) of the green stem. Save a few for garnish.
  • 2 tbsp yoghurt
  • 1 lime, zest and juice. Save the zest for garnish
  • About four full, healthy stems of coriander
  • Smoked salt and freshly ground pepper


  1. Cut the baby gem lengthwise in half, and then each half again into quarters.
  2. Mix the crab, cucumber, spring onions, yoghurt, and seasoning. Taste.
  3. Snip in the coriander.
  4. Add about half of the lime juice, taste. Add more lime juice as you think works.
  5. Arrange on either two, or four plates according to whether you want a starter or a lunch
  6. Drizzle the garlic oil over the baby gem.
  7. Garnish with lime zest, a few spring onions, and maybe a coriander leaf or two if you have any left.


crab and coriander recipe