The Famous Sri Lankan Crab Cutlets Recipe

Famous Sri Lankan Crab Cutlets Recipe

Have you ever tasted crab? You will agree that when you get to eat crab for the first time, you instantly love it because there is nothing better than a beautifully cooked crab dish. We absolutely love crab! Today we have a recipe for you which comes from Sri Lanka. It is a crab dish and it is great as a snack or appetizer. The dish is called Sri Lankan Crab Cutlets. These lovely crab cutlets are so yummy to eat and they are very easy to make. You can make these cutlets for a party or a big game night at home. Take a look at the recipe!

Here Is The Recipe For Sri Lankan Crab Cutlets:

Preparation Time: 30 Minutes
Cooking Time: 20 Minutes
Serves: 24


Clarified butter/ghee – 1 tbsp
French shallots – 2 (sliced finely)
Chopped garlic cloves – 2
Chopped green chillies – 2
Curry leaves – 2 tbsp (sliced)
Sri Lankan Curry Powder – 1/2 tsp (unroasted)
Crab meat (cooked) – 200 grams
Mashed potato – 180 grams (cooked)
Ricotta – 60 grams
Chopped dill – 1 tsp
For dusting – flour
Breadcrumbs – 140 grams
Eggs – 2
Milk – 100 ml
For deep frying – vegetable oil
River salt
Black pepper for seasoning

Method Of Preparation:

Step 1

Firstly, you need to heat a frying pan. Make sure the heat is on medium. Now add the clarified butter. It is also called ghee which is easily available in stores near you. Heat it till it gets melted. Now clarified butter can be made at home. All you need to do is heat the cream and let it reach a point till it starts burning, you will get clarified butter at the end. It is easy to make at home. You can also get clarified butter at stores. These days ingredients are available from all over the world. Thanks to globalization!

Step 2

Now add the chopped garlic, shallot, curry leaves, chillies and the seasoning in the clarified butter. Cook it for about 2 minutes and stir it. Now add the curry powder to it. Cook for 1 minute more till you can smell the spices. You will get a beautiful aroma at the end of the spices that you added. Now this mixture will get a little crunch once you cook it. Remove it from heat and set it aside.

Step 3

Now once it has cooked down, place this mixture in a large bowl with the ricotta, potato and crab. Now add some seasoning to it and the dill as well. Now comes the good part when you mix it all together.

Step 4

Now use your hands to make small balls of this mixture. It is best to use your hand for the best results. Mash the ingredients together properly. It should be 20 grams each. The mixture is very soft so make sure you make round and firm balls.

Step 5

Now to get the cutlet texture, take two separate bowls. Make sure these are shallow bowls. Place breadcrumbs in one and flour is another. Now gently roll the crab meat cutlets in the flour and then to the egg mix and then finally at the last step, roll it on the breadcrumbs. You should make sure that the cutlets is covered properly with the breadcrumbs. Once all are done, keep them aside in one single layer.

Step 6

Now take a saucepan and heat oil in it. Fill it with approximately 8 cm oil. Heat it to about 160 degrees C. You would want the temperature to be right for frying the beautiful crab cutlets.

Step 7

Now fry the crab cutlets in batches of 2 or 3. You would need to fry the cutlets for about 3 minutes till they are beautiful golden brown. You will get a beautiful crust outside and it will get warmed through. Do not cook it for too long because they will start splitting.

Step 8

Now once all the crab cutlets are done, place them on the paper towel. Let the crab cutlets come down to room temperature as they will be perfect for eating then. Your crab cutlets are ready to serve!

Isn’t it such a fun and easy recipe! You can make this quickly for a party. You can also prepare the cutlets beforehand and fry them later. They will stay good for hours. You can prepare them in large quantities and fry them once your guests are there. This is a perfect snack with beer. You can easily make this at home. If you do not get Sri Lankan curry powder, replace it with any other curry powder that you find in the store near you. Make sure you serve it with a sweet or tartar dip. Yum! Start cooking and enjoy this lovely crab cutlet.


Anshu Choudhury is a Delhi girl. She loves to write and believes that words have power to change lives. She has a Master's degree in Sociology from Jamia Millia Islamia. Anshu loves cooking. She aspires to open her own restaurant serving Bengali and Odiya cuisine. Dancing makes her happy. She likes traveling and swimming. She is versatile, optimistic and adventurous.

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