Crab Cakes with Sweet Chili Dipping Sauce

Succulent, golden crab cakes pair wonderfully with this recipe’s tomato-based sauce, which features chilies, garlic, and lime.


  • Crab Cakes:
  • 5 – 6 slices of bread, torn into large pieces
  • 1 red pepper, quartered, seeded
  • 2 scallions, white part only, halved
  • 3 cilantro sprigs
  • 14 ounces (400 g) white crabmeat, divided use
  • 3 Tablespoons (45 g) mayonnaise
  • 2 large egg whites
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • Dash of hot sauce
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 Tablespoons (45 ml) olive oil
  • Sauce:
  • 2 large tomatoes, quartered
  • 4 ounces (110 g) superfine sugar
  • 6 Tablespoons (90 ml) rice wine vinegar
  • 2 red chilies, seeded
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 Tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 Tablespoon Thai fish sauce


  1. To make the crab cakes, place bread pieces into the Vitamix machine and secure lid.
  2. Select Variable 1.
  3. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 5, using the tamper to press the ingredients into the blades.
  4. Blend for 5 to 10 seconds or until it has formed breadcrumbs. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
  5. Place the red pepper, scallions, and cilantro into the Vitamix container. Add water to the 6 cup mark and secure lid.
  6. Select Variable 5. Pulse 5 to 8 times using on/off switch until coarsely chopped. Drain well before using.
  7. Place 4 ounces (113 g) crabmeat, mayonnaise, egg white, lime zest, lime juice, cayenne pepper, hot sauce, salt, pepper and well drained chopped veggies into the Vitamix container.
  8. Secure lid. Continue to Pulse a few times on Variable 2, using tamper, until the mixture forms a coarse paste. Do not over process.
  9. Transfer to a bowl and mix in remaining 10 ounces (284 g) crabmeat. Stir gently to combine. Add enough of the breadcrumbs to form a stiff mixture. Put the remaining breadcrumbs on a plate. Wash the Vitamix container.
  10. Shape the crab mixture into 8 patties of equal size. Coat in the breadcrumbs, pressing the crumbs onto each side.
  11. Transfer to a baking sheet, cover with cling film and chill at least 30 minutes up to 2 hours.
  12. Place all sauce ingredients into the Vitamix container and secure lid.
  13. Select Variable 1.
  14. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 10. Blend for 20 to 25 seconds. Pour the sauce into a bowl and set aside.
  15. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan over a medium–high heat, add half of the crab cakes and fry for 2 minutes on each side until crisp and golden. Transfer to a plate and keep warm while you cook the remaining cakes. Serve warm with the dipping sauce.

This recipe has been written for the C-Series machines with Variable Speed control and Standard 64-ounce container. If you are using a different Vitamix machine or container size, you may need to make adjustments to the Variable Speed, processing time, and/or ingredient quantities.