Vegetable And Crab Stick Fritters

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Vegetable & crab stick pancakes

Vegetable & crab stick fritters

One thing I’m very particular about my family’s diet is vegetables and fruits. It’s always a mountain to climb when you have picky children who don’t like vegetables and fruits which are so important for the bowels and overall health. I find that a good way to add more vegetables is to hide them in food.

Fritters are a good way to do so. These vegetable and crab stick fritters are much liked by my family. They are like little pancakes. I packed 7 pieces of them for my hubby to bring to office for lunch one day. When he came back in the evening, he asked me why I gave him so few! Well, I only had 3, in the photos here. He really should be happy! Anyway, I’m glad he liked them. These are really delicious with chili sauce….mmm.

vegetable & crab stick pancakes

vegetable & crab stick fritters

This recipe is very simple. You can add other types of vegetables. There is no fixed recipe because you can vary the amount you like. Adjust the seasoning according to your taste. These are good for any time. They made great party or picnic food, too.

Ingredients A
200g runner beans (sliced thinly)
8 crab sticks (cut into smaller pieces)
1 big onion (peeled and chopped)
fried shallot oil

Ingredients B
1 egg (beaten)

Pancake ingredients

Fritter ingredients

Have all the ingredients ready, to be cooked first.

Fried pancakes ingredients

Fried fritter ingredients

Heat up some oil in a frying pan or wok. Add the onions and fry until fragrant. Then add the runner beans and fry until almost cooked. Add the crab sticks and mix well. Dish up.

Pancake batter

Fritter batter

Put all Ingredients B in a mixing bowl and mix well. Make the batter as for pancakes, pouring consistency. You can fry a little to taste the seasoning. I usually don’t make it too salty. I love its natural sweetness from the vegetables and onions. Besides, it’s always served with dips. So you don’t need strong seasoning.

Add all the vegetable mixture to the batter and mix well. Heat up some oil in a frying pan and pan fry until golden on both sides. You can make whatever size you like. I love them small. Dish up and serve. It’s very delicious whether eaten hot or cold.

What is your favourite savoury fritter? How do you make your family eat more vegetables? Please share, add and comment in the comment box below.

Other fritter recipes that you may be interested in:
Healthy Vegetable Fritters
Delicious Fritters For Anytime
Spicy Prawn Fritters Stir Fry

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Nasi Lemak Lover  on May 14th, 2010

I seldom prepare fritters, I must try this healthy fritters soon.Thanks for sharing.

Priya  on May 14th, 2010

Mouthwatering fritters, feel like having some rite now..yumm!!

lequan@luvtoeat  on May 14th, 2010

Fritters are the perfect disguise to hide vegetables! What a great idea Mary. My daughter is already starting to be picky and asking what she’s eating. With this dish all I have to tell her is that she’s eating Chinese pancakes…teehee. My Dad use to fry tomatoes with eggs and call it Chibese pizza so that I would eat it. Of course it worked. Lol. My daughter is smarter than me though. I tried giving her Chinese pizza and she just said, “that’s not pizza mom.” Good thing she still ate it though…phew ;-)

Jeannie  on May 14th, 2010

Looks delicious and healthy too. Indeed a great way to make the children eat their vegetables.

the lacquer spoon  on May 14th, 2010

I like something floury cos it fills my hungry stomach quickly! Hmmm, my stomack needs your healthy pancake everyday ;)

somewhere in singapore  on May 14th, 2010

Maybe will try out one of these day using ingredients i like, kaka…

Angie's Recipes  on May 14th, 2010

These are definitely a great finger food!

Cheah  on May 14th, 2010

That’s a good way to make children take veggie unknowingly. I very rarely make fritters, may do so in the future. That’s a nice combo.

anncoo  on May 14th, 2010

I love fritters, can I have 10 of this. Yummy!

SathyaSridhar  on May 14th, 2010

Mary, superb fritters dear nice ingredients sure it will taste good.

Mary, i never tasted crab stick but always see the pack in frozen section dont know to cook the crab stick. how it will taste dear is it real crab?..i want to cook n taste it.

Sophie  on May 14th, 2010

Hello Marymoh!!

Your fritters like patties look wonderful & so flavourfull too!


Mary  on May 14th, 2010

@Nasi Lemak Lover - Give a try. My family loves them but they don’t know how much vegetables they eat…haha :D

@Priya - Time to cook…simple and easy. I think you’ll like it :D

@lequan@luvtoeat - My girl is a big girl now but still very picky :( I just have to out smart her….quite successful so far :D For your girl, chop up the vegetables very fine, use less and slowly increase each time you make them. Kids love colours and fun, so it’s worth making it colourful and in different shapes. Enjoy cooking :D

@Jeannie - I have become smarter because of my picky daughter…haha :D

@the lacquer spoon - Aha….you can make a lot and keep in the fridge to give you a quick fix when you are very hungry :D They taste very delicious even the second day. Just warm it up in the oven or the frying pan.

@somewhere in singapore - You can go wild with the ingredients used :D They will equally delicious.

@Angie’s Recipes - Indeed they are! I have to make these for my next party :D

@Cheah - I guess you have been very busy baking bread and enjoying them fresh from the oven….mmm…smells so good and taste so good! If I can have some, I will be smiling the whole day :D

@anncoo - Wow….you can eat more than my hubby…haha :D I’ll make a lot and invite you over for a Fritter Party!!

@SathyaSridhar - Thanks very much, Sathya! :D My family like crab sticks. They are not made from crab but from surimi fish. I don’t know what fish is that but it’s very good for many dishes. It brings colour to a dish too. You can eat it as it is or cooked. My daughter loves it fried with big onions and eggs. I love it in fried rice and sushi too. Give a try, Sathya. I hope you like it.

@Sophie - Thanks very much, Sophie! :D

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Joanne  on May 14th, 2010

I was seriously picky as a kid, but even I would have eaten fried veggies! These sound delicious.

claudia lamascolo  on May 14th, 2010

these must be great wish I could try these will have to sub something for all those onions.

Belinda @zomppa  on May 14th, 2010

Looks wonderful! Do the children eat the chili too? =)

Mary  on May 14th, 2010

@Joanne - You are picky but still good :D My girl would just refuse. She has improved though.

@claudia lamascolo - Oh yes, you need to skip the onions! Just substitute with other vegetables. I’m sure it will be equally dleiicous :D

@Belinda @zomppa - Yes, my children eat chilies, too….more than me! I try not to cook too spicy otherwise I’ll have no food….haha :D

tasteofbeirut  on May 14th, 2010

Yum, delicious! I want to try these and expand my repertoire of fritters that is limited to zucchini and herbs!

Simply Life  on May 14th, 2010

wow, I love that you make this process look simple and actually do-able - and delicious, of course!!!

Roti n Rice  on May 14th, 2010

Mary, what a good idea to use crab sticks. It never crossed my mind. Looks easy and I know it is tasty. My family loves fritters too. Never seem to cook enough of it.

Tangled Noodle  on May 14th, 2010

I haven’t made fritters in a while (mainly because I’m scared of the splattering oil during frying!) but this is just the kind of quick meal that my husband would enjoy. I am actually the one who has to be coaxed into eating vegetables, but as long it has a sauce or is mixed in with meats, etc., I’ve learned to enjoy them!

kristy  on May 14th, 2010

I have to agree with lequan! My kids hate to take veggies and that’s the only way to help them eat! Luckily, they still love raw lettuce! Hope you ahve a wonderful weekend, Mary!
Cheers, Kristy

divya  on May 14th, 2010

Wowwwwwww.. mouth watering clicks.. looks soo tempting dear..

sushma mallya  on May 14th, 2010

Looks yum, perfect appetizer during any get together…lovely clicks mary, have a lovely weekend..

Mary  on May 14th, 2010

@tasteofbeirut - I would love to try with zucchini and herbs. Sounds delicious…mmmm. Havew fun cooking :D

@Simply Life - Give a try. It’s simple, easy and quick and really delicious :D

@Roti n Rice - Haha…I can imagine all those fritters disappearing as you fry :D I like to use crab sticks. It adds to the texture and taste. I think I’ll make again tomorrow…mmm :D

@Tangled Noodle - I usually pan fry them instead of deep fry. In that way, oil doesn’t splatter. If you have awide based pan, making this is very easy. You don’t need a lot of oil. Haha…you are the one that need lots of vegetables hidden in food :D Your husband must be a very good cook and a very good encourager, too! Glad that you’ve learned… for your health :D

@kristy - Oh, more here…haha :D I do wonder why kids these days don’t like vegetables. Could it be because they were exposed to all the junk food and fast food outside too early. It’s great that your kids love lettuce. My picky girl only eats raw cucumber when eating Peking Duck. I hope she eats more vegetables.

@divya - Thanks very much, Divya! You make me want to cook again now…haha :D

@sushma mallya - Indeed they are! I have to make these at my next party. I’m sure all my friends are going to like them :D

Drick  on May 14th, 2010

Mary, oh my goodness, you know I love fritters, especially with seafood, you are just tempting me here by adding the vegetables - you know I will add a few but mostly increase the seafood …

Arnold  on May 14th, 2010

If it tastes half as good as it looks it should be magnificent. I am going to give this a try as soon as I can get my hands on some crab sticks.

Mary  on May 14th, 2010

Your fritters look just wonderful Mary. I’m sure they are delicious and were gobbled up by all who were sitting at your table. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

pigpigscorner  on May 14th, 2010

I’m not a huge fan of veg, this looks like a good way to get me to eat my veg!

Lazaro  on May 14th, 2010

Wonderful fritter plate. Great job!


Joy  on May 14th, 2010

Ohhhhh crab fritters. They look really good.

Yummy Team  on May 14th, 2010

Lovely fritters, Mary..Awesome clicks too..

Mary  on May 14th, 2010

@Drick - You naughty boy, Drick! You should be eating more vegetables :D

@Arnold - Give a try, Arnold. I really like them. Have fun cooking :D

@Mary - These fritters always disappear fast. If my children are around, they just keep disappearing right under my nose…haha :D

@pigpigscorner - Aha….you need to make more of these fritters to eat more vegetables. At least a nice way to eat them :D

@Lazaro - Thanks very much, Lazaro! :D

@Joy - Thanks very much, Joy! :D

@Yummy Team - Thanks very much! :D

lequan@luvtoeat  on May 14th, 2010

Thank you for your great advice Mary, really appreciate it. It’s so true how kids love colourful stuff. Too bad rice was not rainbow colored. Lol.

Dongxing  on May 14th, 2010

Hello Mary.

I’d just bought some crabsticks to introduce to my children and to make sushi roll. However, they are not keen at the taste of the crabsticks. This is an excellent idea of using it with other vegetables (my son absolutely dislike courgettes) in the fritter style - very clever! Definitely would give this a go this weekend.

xiaoyen  on May 14th, 2010

Not sure what runner beans are. I’d substitute green beans instead. My kids love eating fritters, that’s eat no rice.

Lyndsey  on May 14th, 2010

What a great way to get in some vegetables. I love fritters! My daughter is actually pretty good about eating veggies, but it’s always the same ones. This would change thing up a bit :D

Kathy Gori  on May 14th, 2010

I love fritters and so rarely make them. these look like motivators for me.

teresa  on May 14th, 2010

oh wow, i could eat a whole plateful!

Olive  on May 14th, 2010

I’m sure that’s very yummy, Mary; I love fritters, it’s very simple, easy and delicious, I should be making it often :)

Rosebelle  on May 15th, 2010

Another new inspiration for me. Gotta try this out!

Mary  on May 15th, 2010

@lequan@luvtoeat - You are most welcome, LeQuan! Agree with you, rice can be so plain but maybe you can dress it up with colourful stuff like carrots, sweet corn, green vegetables. It’s not easy feeding kids, especially picky ones like my girl, but when you make eating fun, it helps a long way and less frustration and screaming on your part…my experience :D

@Dongxing - Your son is not the only one. An adult friend of mine also dislikes zucchini! I think I prefer to use long beans, green beans or runner beans for making fritters. They have a sweetness of it own. You can slice them very fine or thicker. My children love these. Have fun cooking :D

@xiaoyen - Runner beans are very delicious. They are long and quite broad. But using green beans are equally delicious. These fritters are great even as a meal. I don’t mind that, too :D But I would miss rice :P

@Lyndsey - Really lovely to know that your daughter is pretty good in eating vegetables :D My daughter has improved, but always the usual vegetables, too! Hope our children will eat more vegetables along the way :D Need a lot of creativity on our part!

@Kathy Gori - Hope you make them soon. Have fun cooking :D

@teresa - Haha…you need to cook a lot more then :D

@Olive - Thanks very much, Olive! Have fun cooking :D

3hungrytummies  on May 15th, 2010

I will have a dozen of that with some Lingham chili sauce please Mary!

tigerfish  on May 15th, 2010

Now, I did not know they have another name - runner beans. Are they the same as French beans?

Stella  on May 15th, 2010

Hey Mary! You know, I was in the seafood section of my market the other day looking at these types of crab spears. The ones I was looking at weren’t really crab, but white fish made to look like crab. I still like them, but couldn’t think of what to do with them. This might be on our menu this week for sure!

Mary  on May 15th, 2010

@3hungrytummies - Aha…now I know you also like Lingham chili sauce. It’s my favourite, too :D No problem serving you a dozen….2 dozen also can :D

@tigerfish - No, it’s different from French beans. These are long, about a foot long and an inch broad. It’s tender and sweet when cooked. I love it stir fried. But you can use French beans, too. Give a try. I love it as a weekend breakfast :D

@Stella - You are right, they are not made from real crabs but white fish like you said. They are delicious though. They are rather versatile. Even my children know how to cook with them quite well :D Have fun cooking!

Namitha  on May 15th, 2010

delicious, they runner bean the same s yard long beans?

Sarah, Maison Cupcake  on May 15th, 2010

These look great! I bet my little’un would spit the veggies out though!!!

peachkins  on May 15th, 2010

I’m gonna try looks like a great snack..

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Ellie (Almost Bourdain)  on May 15th, 2010

Thanks for sharing a new way to cook crab sticks! Loving it!

theUngourmet  on May 15th, 2010

I love the combination of ingredients in your fritters. I don’t know if I’ve ever made a savory fritter. I’ll have to fix this! My daughter will try just about any veggie I serve. My son is a bit more picky unfortunately.

citronetvanille  on May 15th, 2010

Oh Mary I love those! They must be great with a green salad on the side, I think I could just eat all of them for my dinner!

penny aka jeroxie  on May 16th, 2010

I can make a vegetarian version of this!

pierre  on May 16th, 2010

veggies and crabs i go for it thanks Scotland !!

Pierre in Paris

Cathy at Wives with Knives  on May 16th, 2010

What a delicious way to get more vegetables on the table. And I like the idea that they are dipped into a good sauce. This would make a wonderful meal or a snack.

Faith  on May 16th, 2010

I love how these fritters are loaded with healthy ingredients! They look delicious!

Mary  on May 16th, 2010

@Namitha - Oops….now I wonder what is yard long beans…haven’t heard of. Runner beans are only about a foot long, so I suppose they are not yard long beans. Will have to find out….interesting name :D

@Sarah, Maison Cupcake - Haha…you just reminded me of my girl when she was small :D I admire her patience in picking out the tiniest bit of vegetable!! I was dismayed with her at that time but now I feel amused…haha :D

@peachkins - You are very right…great as a snack :D

@Ellie (Almost Bourdain) - You are most welcome, Ellie! I love cooking them cos my children love eating them :D

@theUngourmet - I’m amazed that your daughter is so adventurous in vegetables. I’m sure your son will follow suit in time. I hope your family will like these savoury fritters :D

@citronetvanille - I’ve learned a lesson…have to make more next time so that I’ll have more than 3 pieces! :D

@penny aka jeroxie - Absolutely..leave out the crab sticks and add more vegetables to it :D

@pierre - Make a big plate, ok? :D

@Cathy at Wives with Knives - Thanks very much, Cathy! Indeed they make a wonderful meal or snack. I can eat them everyday :D

@Faith - Thanks very much, Faith! Feels good that they are healthy …can eat without guilt :D

Love2cook  on May 16th, 2010

Fritters looks too yummy dear! Owh no, how could I live without those fritters now!!! :)

Reeni  on May 16th, 2010

What delicious and healthy fritters! No one would be able to resist these! My favorite is corn fritters.

sweetlife  on May 16th, 2010

great fritters, perfect for an appetizer of stater..with veggies even better to add flavor


Thas  on May 16th, 2010

This is indeed a great way to make kids eat vegetables and I will eat this more as it has crab :)

Mary  on May 17th, 2010

@Love2cook - Thanks very much! Looks like you have to cook a lot :D

@Reeni - Thanks very much, Reeni! I would ove to try corn fritters. Sounds very delicious. I love sweet corn and I’m sure they are very delicious, especially with chili sauce…mmmm :D

@sweetlife - Thanks very much, SweetLife! :D

@Thas - I thought you said you will eat it more because of vegetables but how wrong I was….haha :D

Debbie  on May 17th, 2010

These look so yummy!!! I am very picky about veggies so this will definitely get ME to eat my veggies.

Tasty Trix  on May 17th, 2010

Can I join your family, pretty please? I want you to make me these for dinner!!

Mary  on May 17th, 2010

@Debbie - I really hope you will like these fritters and eat more vegetables :D

@Tasty Trix - Oh sure, please come! We can have a big fritters party and lots of other food that you like! :D

Kristi Rimkus  on May 17th, 2010

These look perfect for my Happy Hour Friday posts. I love the beans in the fritters!

nisha  on May 18th, 2010

What a great idea , loved it.

Wendy  on May 19th, 2010

Excellent idea, Mary! I shall make them for packed lunches. That really would be a treat to look forward to after a long morning at a desk!

Mary  on May 19th, 2010

@Kristi Rimkus - Thanks very much, Kristi! Have fun cooking :D

@nisha - Thanks very much, Nisha! :D

@Wendy - Thanks very much, Wendy! Probably you need to cook more. I’m sure your colleaques would be drooling watching you eat…haha :D

Susan  on May 22nd, 2010

These look really good! I could probably get my husband to eat more veggies this way ;)

Mary  on May 22nd, 2010

@Susan - Thanks very much for visiting and lovely comment, Susan! We all sure have to be creative wives to make our hubbies eat more vegetables…haha :D

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