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The Fishermans Restaurant

611 Avenida Victoria, San Clemente, CA 92672

Northwestern Dungeness Crab Fritters

10-12 Servings


8 oz flour
3 T cornstarch
3 eggs
3 egg whites
1/4 C buttermilk
2 oz red pepper, finely diced
2 oz green onion, finely sliced
2 oz sweet corn, sliced off the cob
2 oz red onion, finely diced
1/2 C parsley, leaves chopped
1 T garlic, finely sliced
1 lb dungeness crab meat, drained
1 t cayenne pepper
1 t salt
1 t white pepper, freshly ground
8 oz panko Japanese style bread crumbs
2 oz freshly grated Parmesan cheese
canola or peanut oil, for frying
cocktail or tartar sauce for dipping

To Serve

  • Serve on a plate with mixed greens tossed with sea salt, ground pepper and olive oil.
  • Add lemon wedges and a small bowl of either cocktail or tartar sauce for dipping.


  • Sift together flour, cornstarch, salt, pepper and cayenne pepper in a large bowl.
  • In a separate bowl whisk together the egg whites and whole eggs.
  • Mix onions, peppers, parsley, sweet corn and garlic.
  • Add the egg mix to the flour and cornstarch. Then mix in the vegetables.
  • Fold the crab meat into the mixture.
  • Mix the panko and Parmesan cheese and spread onto a sheet pan lined with parchment.
  • Scoop the crap mixture with a spoon and drop onto the panko/cheese mixture.
  • Gently roll to cover the fritter. Repeat until all the crab mix is used.
  • Heat oil to 350 degrees and gently drop the fritters into the oil and fry for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown.

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