Crab Cakes w/Honey & Dill Aioli Sauce

If you ever want to impress someone with your culinary skills, this would be the dish. It’s very easy and takes less than 30 minutes to make.

Crab Cakes w/Honey & Dill Aioli Sauce

Serves 2 to 4 (Make 4 Patties)

Ingredients:

1 Pound Crab Meat (About 1-1/2 pound crab before extraction)
1/4 Cup Italian Style Bread Crumbs
1 Teaspoon Lemon Pepper Salt Mix
1 Teaspoon Dried Parsley
1/2 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
1 Egg
1/2 Cup+ Butter (for frying)
Romaine Lettuce (for assembling)
1/4 Cup Flying Fish Eggs (for assembling, but it’s optional)

How to Make The Crab Cakes:

  1.  Extract the crabmeat from shell. If you don’t like this part, you can buy pre-shelled crabmeat. Though, it will be more expensive.
  2. In a medium size bowl, combine: crabmeat, breadcrumbs, lemon salt pepper, cayenne pepper, parsley, dill, and egg. Use a wooden spoon and mix thoroughly — until all the ingredients are well combined.
  3. Divide the crab cake mixture into four servings, approx. 1/4 cup. Shape each serving into a round patty.
  4.  Melt butter in a frying pan on medium-high heat. When the butter has melted and starts to bubble, add crab cake patties. Since the crabmeat is already pre-cooked, you only need to fry the patties for a few minutes per side or until golden brown. Make sure the heat doesn’t get too hot or else the butter will burn.
  5. When done, remove crab cake patties from heat and place on a paper towel for a minute to absorb any excess butter.

How to Make The Sauce:

Ingredients:

3 Tablespoon Mayonnaise
1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
1 Teaspoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Teaspoon Honey
1/2 Teaspoon Dried Dill
1 Teaspoon Finely Chopped Garlic (1 clove)

  1. In a small bowl, whisk all the ingredients until smooth and creamy.

Assemble The Dish:

Place a crab cake patty on top of romaine lettuce. Drizzle a tablespoon honey dill sauce over crab cake and top with flying fish eggs. You can omit the flying fish eggs if you don’t like them.

Asian Pear & Pomegranate Salad

This is a very easy but classy fruit salad — perfect for the holidays. 

Asian Pear & Pomegranate Salad w/Honey Mint Dressing

Make 2 Servings
Ingredients:

1 1/2 Cup Asian Pear (Sliced)*
1/4 Cup Pomegranate Seeds
2 Teaspoon Honey
2 Tablespoon Fresh Orange Juice
1 Tablespoon Fresh Mint Leaves (chopped)

Whisk orange juice and honey together — set aside. In a mixing bowl: combine pear slices, pomegranate seeds, and chopped mint leaves. Add orange honey dressing just before serving. Gently, toss all ingredients until the fruits are well coated.

*For this recipe, I used the Chinese Fragrant Pear. It’s crisp and juicy and not too sweet. However, you can use any variety of Asian pear.