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Crab Cakes with Mango Salsa

crab cakes with mango salsa

I was out of town last week and happily had many delicious restaurant meals. The downside, though, was that by the end of the week I was feeling a tad gross from all of the rich food. While I did try to exhibit some restraint when ordering, it was really difficult to say no to a chocolate pithivier. So I didn’t. This scenario (un)fortunately repeated itself several times throughout the week, bringing me back to my original point: too much rich food.

So, like Dan, I embarked on my own week of healthy cooking. I haven’t gone so far as to have a vegetarian week because the meat lover who is my husband would have been cranky beyond belief. But the key word for the week has been “lite.”

Crab cakes with mango salsa has been my fallback “lite” recipe for years. For some reason, I can’t eat a naked crab cake. Tartar sauce or aioli is usually my dressing of choice, but mango salsa provides a light, bright, complementary flavor without the guilt of delicious, creamy tartar sauce. Paired with a side salad, it makes an easy weeknight meal.

I generally buy my crab cakes at Whole Foods but if you’d rather make your own, the recipe for their crab cakes can be found here.

Crab Cakes with Mango Salsa
– serves 2 -

1 ripe mango, peeled, seeded, and diced
1 jalapeno, diced (seeds and membranes removed if you don’t want any heat)
1/4 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
1 tsp minced garlic
1/2 cup rice wine vinegar, to taste
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves
pinch or two of salt

2 crab cakes, for serving
1-2 Tbs canola or other neutral oil, enough to film the bottom of your pan

1. Combine all of the salsa ingredients in a non-reactive bowl and adjust the seasoning, to taste. The salsa can be made up to 1 day in advance and refrigerated in a non-reactive, airtight container.

2. After assembling the salsa, heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. When hot, add the crab cakes and pan fry until both sides are golden brown and the crab cakes are heated through, flipping once.

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