2 July 2018

Cromer Crab

Matthew Johnson

Cromer Crab | Lobster Bisque | Cromer Crab Crostini | Baby Watercress | Thyme

Gold Leaf Catering recipe with images using nurtured in norfolk’s micro cress, edible flowers, edible leaves, herbs, sea veg, pea shoots and micro/baby veg.



Crush the lobster heads and crab bodies with a rolling pin until they are well broken up

Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan and start to roast the lobster and crab bones, once they have started to roast well add the onion, carrot and celery and cook over a low heat.

When the vegetables browned add the thyme, bay leaf and saffron threads stirring occasionally so they do not stick to the pan.

After roughly 5 minutes stir in the tomato puree and cayenne pepper and cook out the tomato paste then add the brandy and wine, flambé to burn off the alcohol.

Add the fish and chicken stock and bring up to the boil, season lightly with sea salt. Simmer for 40 minutes stirring occasionally making sure to skim off any scum.

Add the cream and blend until smooth and then pass through a fine strainer.



Lightly drizzle olive oil over ciabatta

Lightly chargrill ciabatta on each side until crispy (season with rock salt)

In a separate bowl mix the rest of the ingredients and season to taste

Spread the mix over the crostini and top with baby watercress.


  • Lobster Bisque
  • Lobster Heads (600g)
  • Cromer Crab Bodies (400g)
  • Olive Oil (1 tsp)
  • Small Chopped Onion (Half)
  • Small Chopped Carrot (Half)
  • Chopped Celery (Half)
  • Saffron threads (Pinch)
  • Small Sprig of Thyme (1)
  • Fennel Seeds (1/2 tsp)
  • Tomato Purée (60g)
  • Cayenne Pepper (Pinch)
  • Brandy (100ml)
  • White Wine (100ml)
  • Fish Stock (1/2 Ltr)
  • Chicken Stock (1/2 Ltr)
  • Double Cream (1/2 Ltr)
  • Sea Salt (Season)
  • Crab Crostinni
  • Ciabatta (4)
  • White Crab Meat (250g)
  • Créme Fraiche (75g)
  • Olive Oil (2 tsp)
  • Tomato (Skin & seeds removed then chopped finely) (1)
  • Chopped Coriander (Small Handful)
  • Zest & Juice of a Lime (1)
  • Baby Watercress (Garnish)