Courgette Flowers Stuffed with Crab & Brown Shrimp

August 30, 2013

I’ve been sitting here thinking about how I can avoid sounding like a bit of a knob but there’s no way around it. I was trying to find crab on a bank holiday Monday, so I was trying to find crab that wasn’t tinned and I had to go really out of my way, to a Waitrose. A Waitrose in Clapham. No-one should have to do that. I’d bought the flowers at Brockley market, too. Argh. I’ll go and buy some hot dogs in Lidl to make up for it, promise. I’ll eat them straight from the jar. In my pants.

I didn’t realise courgette flowers had so much of a flavour, actually, since I’d only ever eaten them stuffed with cheese and deep fried. I think they deserve slightly more delicate treatment to be honest. I filled them with the elusive crab meat and some itty bitty brown shrimps and fried them in a frying pan with just a touch of oil. Very good indeed with chilli and lemon on top.

Courgette Flowers Stuffed with Crab and Brown Shrimp Recipe

(makes enough stuffing for about 10 courgette flowers)

100g white crab meat
50g brown shrimp
1 tablespoon ricotta
1 red chilli, finely chopped
1/2 lemon

Mix the crab, shrimp and ricotta together and season. Stuff this mixture carefully into the flowers – do not overfill, it’s very tempting. In a frying pan, heat a little vegetable oil and gently fry the flowers until starting to colour on the outside. Eat with chilli, lemon and a glass of chilled white wine.

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  • Reply Ed August 30, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    Get you with your fancy ingredients and recipes!

    • Helen
      Reply Helen August 30, 2013 at 1:53 pm

      I know. I’ve let you all down.

  • Reply Meemalee August 30, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    Am reeling from the image of you eating hot dogs in your pants.

    Ps those fritters look damn good.

    • Helen
      Reply Helen August 30, 2013 at 1:54 pm


  • Reply foodurchin August 30, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    Courgette flowers stuffed with Lidl hotdogs, now that would be a return to form.

    • Helen
      Reply Helen August 30, 2013 at 2:23 pm

      GENIUS!!! OR, how about courgettes themselves stuffed with hotdogs! The possibilities!!

  • Reply Beirutibrit August 30, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    Looks delicious! Love all 3 ingredients but never thought of putting them all together!

  • Reply donald August 30, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    hot dog meat mousse stuffed deep fried courgette flowers?

    • Helen
      Reply Helen August 30, 2013 at 4:08 pm

      Mmmmm BOUNCY

  • Reply Nick September 3, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Deptford highstreet is usually overflowing with crabs. At the very least, both of the big fishmongers always have the normal ones plus some kind of blue swimming-type crabs, which I guess is popular in Vietnamese soups.

    • Helen
      Reply Helen September 3, 2013 at 2:12 pm

      Oh really? Brilliant! Cheers Nick.

  • Reply anna @ September 20, 2013 at 11:48 am

    These sound delicious, courgette flowers, crab and shrimp altogether! So I have to weigh it up, do I pick the two courgette flowers in the garden and forfeit the courgettes or not…..

    • Helen
      Reply Helen September 20, 2013 at 12:17 pm

      Life is full of these difficult decisions

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