This recipe isn't really for crab - I bought the crab already picked from the fishmongers at our local farmers market. But crab is in season now and any excuse to eat it is good with me.

This homemade mayonnaise is the perfect accompaniment to the beautiful fresh crab. It's so easy to buy pre made mayo from the shops, but for 5 minutes work, you can have a rich, silky homemade one that's so much better.

Serves 2 as a main course with salad

2 small packs of white and brown crab meat (or 1 whole crab, picked)

3 medium free-range egg yolks
1 tsp dijon mustard
200ml olive oil
1 to 2 lemons
Pinch saffron
1 tsp paprika

Break your eggs and seperate the yolks into a glass bowl. (Keep the whites to make meringues). Beat the egg yolks with a wooden spoon and add 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard - you can increase or decrease this to taste. Beat together for a couple of minutes.

The next part is the slightly tricky part, and I had to get the boy to help. It's not actually tricky, it's just it can cause problems by potentially splitting, and you really need 3 hands to do it. So with one hand holding the wooden spoon and the other holding the glass bowl, I ran out of hands! The boy very kindly did the oil pouring for me. What is important here is to be patient. Pour the oil drop by drop to begin with, continuously stirring it into the egg yolks in the same direction. As the yolks start to incorporate the oil, the drops of oil can become a light stream. Continue to stir and the oil stream can become thicker.

When you have used 90% of the oil, add the lemon juice. I like it quite lemony so I add the juice from 1 lemon at this point, and another half a lemon's juice at the end for that extra sharpness.

Continue to add the rest of oil and give it a good stir. Add the paprika and saffron, and the rest of the lemon juice. I added some black pepper at this point too.

Mix the mayo with the crab meat, and serve with salad and crusty bread.

Any leftover mayo can be kept in the fridge for about 3 days and you can use it to make fantastic tuna or chicken mayo sandwiches, or as a condiment to accompany salads etc.



  1. Mmm sounds delish! And doable. Will definitely give it a go. A x

    1. Hi Annie. It really is delicious, and so satisfying to make your own! :) R x

  2. OMG, my family went crab CRAZY last week. Mum bought two live crabs and it was up to me to cook them :( I kept on apologising as I boiled them, sad times!
    I'll have to give this a go! Home-made mayo is the best! Great recipe! :)

    1. Ah wow! It's the best time of year to be eating crab, so yummy! I saw a show once with a lady who hypnotised crabs and lobsters before cooking them - was very strange and not sure it made much difference to them!! R x


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