Brazilian Crab Cakes (Casquinha de Siri)

This recipe is a Brazilian-style crab cake, usually served on the beach. Very rich in flavor and slightly spicy. Serve piping hot with lime wedges.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
43 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 13 mins
12 crab cakes


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 2 tomatoes - peeled, seeded, and chopped

  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped

  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley, or to taste

  • 2 green onions, chopped, or to taste

  • 1 pound lump crabmeat, picked over for pieces of shell

  • 1 ½ cups coconut milk

  • 1 tablespoon palm oil (Optional)

  • 2 tablespoons bread crumbs

  • 1 dash hot pepper sauce, or to taste

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • clean scallop shells

  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese, or to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  2. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; cook and stir until soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, green bell pepper, parsley, and green onions; cook until slightly softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Add crabmeat; cook until flavors combine, about 20 minutes.

  3. Pour coconut milk and palm oil into the skillet. Cook until slightly reduced, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in bread crumbs to give mixture a paste-like consistency. Season with hot pepper sauce, salt, and black pepper.

  4. Stuff scallops shells with the crab mixture. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top. Arrange on a baking sheet.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, about 12 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

You can find azeite de dende (palm oil) at local Brazilian markets.

Stuff the mixture into another type of seashell if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

119 Calories
10g Fat
4g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 119
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 7g 33%
Cholesterol 9mg 3%
Sodium 90mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 14mg 69%
Calcium 40mg 3%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 205mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.