Fancy starters needn’t be hard to make. Simply mix up some crab meat with a zesty dressing and top with a creamy sauce to make these delicious bites – they’ll never guess how easy they were!
Serves: 4
Prep time: 40 mins
Cooking time:
Total time: 2 hrs 40 mins
Skill level: Bit of effort
Costs: Mid-price




    • 100g (3½oz) white crabmeat


    • 125-150g (4-5oz) cooked king prawns, chopped


    • 4 spring onions, finely sliced


    • 2 level tbsp freshly chopped dill


    • 1 tbsp virgin olive oil


    • Finely zested rind ½ lemon


    • Salt and ground black pepper


    • ½ x 200ml carton crème fraiche


    •  Salmon caviar and sprigs of dill, to garnish (optional)


    • Melba toast, to serve


    • 4 metal rings, 7cm (2¾in) in diameter, oiled






    1. Line a small baking tray with cling film and place the 4 metal rings on the tray.


    1. Place the crabmeat, prawns, spring onion, dill, oil, lemon juice and seasoning in a bowl and mix well. Divide the mixture between the 4 rings, pressing it down firmly.


    1. Stir the crème fraiche to soften it and spread it over the top of the fish mixture. Chill for at least 2 hours, or overnight.


    1. To serve, slide a wide palette knife under each ring in turn and transfer them to a plate. Lift off the ring.


    1. Garnish with a little salmon caviar and a sprig of dill, and serve with Melba toast.



Nutritional information per portion



fat 14.0g saturates 7.0g calories 178(kcal)


This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.