Crab Cakes over Mango-Avocado Arugula Salad

Thai Crab Cakes over Mango-Avocado Arugula Salad

Because I live alone, I usually keep my meals pretty simple—smoothies, acai bowls, sandwiches, stir fries, simple salads—things that are easy (and practical) to make in only one serving size. But once in a while, I like to get a little fancy, and when I saw a shrimp cake recipe in April’s Cooking Light, I decided to make my own adaptation of it using crab for a salad topper.

Thai Crab Cakes over Mango-Avocado Arugula Salad

Crab Cakes over Mango-Avocado Arugula Salad


Makes 4 servings.

  • 4 cups arugula
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 mango
  • 2/3 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup unsweetened dried coconut (minced)
  • 2 tbsp minced green onion
  • 2 tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 1 ½ tsp peeled ginger root, grated
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 8 oz crab meat

For the dressing

  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar

Thai Crab Cakes over Mango-Avocado Arugula Salad


  1. Mix 1/3 cup Panko crumbs, 2 tbsp of the coconut, and all the following ingredients in a bowl. Roll mixture into four equal balls with wet hands.
  2. Mix the remaining Panko crumbs and coconut in bowl.
  3. Coat the balls in the crumb-coconut mixture and flatten into patties.
  4. Add some olive oil to a nonstick pan, heat on medium, and place the crab patties on them. Flip over after about 3 minutes and let cook on that side for another 3 minutes.
  5. Whisk together the dressing ingredients. Toss with arugula. Chop up the mango and avocado and add to the arugula. Divide in four, top each salad bed with a crab cake.

Thai Crab Cakes over Mango-Avocado Arugula Salad

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving
Calories: 340
—Calories from Fat: 169
Total Fat: 20g
—Saturated Fat: 6g
Cholesterol: 83mg
Sodium: 317mg
Carbohydrates: 27g
—Dietary Fiber: 7g
—Sugar: 10g
Protein: 15g

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  1. This looks delish! Is panko “clean eating?” I have recently started doing this and am still learning the ropes.
    Can’t wait to try this!

    • Depends on which clean eating plan you’re following–but I’m pretty sure panko is not paleo. Maybe another grain or gluten-free option would work as a substitute?

  2. This looks so healthy and inviting. Scrumptious!

  3. Looking forward to trying this incredible salad. Looks absolutely light and refreshing, the perfect summer salad! Thanks for sharing!

  4. YUM!! I want to make this tonight for dinner!!

  5. LOVE!!! Such a great recipe. I’ll have to sub in some GF breadcrumbs for the panko though. Do you think that would still work?

  6. one of the best looking recipes i have seen in a long time. making this for dinner….

  7. Mmm, looks so good! Lately I have been OBSESSED with adding fruit to my salads- mostly figs and watermelon over arugula. Now I definitely have to try mango, thanks for the recipe!

  8. Anahi Gtz says:

    I;ve used grounded Quinoa (quinoa flour) to coat meat as I will usually do with bread crumbs/panko. If you have a vitamix you can just pour Quinoa in there and will have your Quinoa flour =)

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