Crab Cream Korokke Recipe (Japanese-style Deep-Fried Croquettes Filled with White Sauce and Seafood)

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We are making Crab Cream Korokke, Japanese-style croquettes, with plenty of crab meat. It’s creamy and full of savory crab flavor, and the outside is so crispy. You can also make delicious korokke using packaged crab meat or crab sticks, so you should definitely try it out.

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Crab Cream Korokke Recipe (Japanese-style Deep-Fried Croquettes Filled with White Sauce and Seafood)
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Course Main Dish, Seafood
Cuisine French, Japanese
Cook Time 35 minutes
Time for chilling the filling is not included in cook time.
Servings
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Translator Get Francis Mug
Course Main Dish, Seafood
Cuisine French, Japanese
Cook Time 35 minutes
Time for chilling the filling is not included in cook time.
Servings
people
Translator Get Francis Mug
Votes: 5
Rating: 5
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Ingredients
Filling
  • 20 g Unsalted Butter
  • 60 g Onions chopped
  • 40 g Button Mushrooms chopped
  • 25 g Bread Flour sieved beforehand, substitute: cake flour or all purpose flour
  • 150 ml Milk
  • 60 g Crab Meat boiled
  • 1.5 g Salt
  • White Pepper
Coating
Side Vegetables
  • Tomato Wedges
  • Lettuce Leaves
Other Ingredients
  • Frying Oil
  • Vegetable Oil to coat with the kitchen gloves and tray
* 1 tablespoon (tbsp) = 15 ml, 1 teaspoon (tsp) = 5 ml
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Instructions
  1. First, let's prepare the crab meat. Flake the crab meat with your fingers. If using canned crab, drain the liquid in a strainer before use.
    First, let's prepare the crab meat. Flake the crab meat with your fingers. If using canned crab, drain the liquid in a strainer before use.
  2. Next, cut it with kitchen shears into smaller pieces.
    Next, cut it with kitchen shears into smaller pieces.
  3. Next, let's make the filling for the korokke. Heat a frying pan and melt the unsalted butter.
    Next, let's make the filling for the korokke. Heat a frying pan and melt the unsalted butter.
  4. When the butter has melted, add the chopped onion and stir-fry.
    When the butter has melted, add the chopped onion and stir-fry.
  5. Stir-fry the onion until it turns translucent.
    Stir-fry the onion until it turns translucent.
  6. Add the chopped button mushrooms.
    Add the chopped button mushrooms.
  7. Cook for about 2 minutes to reduce the moisture.
    Cook for about 2 minutes to reduce the moisture.
  8. Then, turn the heat to low and add the bread flour.
    Then, turn the heat to low and add the bread flour.
  9. The bread flour will make the filling gooier and stickier than cake flour, so it is suitable for cream korokke. If you prefer a silkier, lighter texture, use cake flour or all-purpose flour instead.
    The bread flour will make the filling gooier and stickier than cake flour, so it is suitable for cream korokke. If you prefer a silkier, lighter texture, use cake flour or all-purpose flour instead.
  10. Stir-fry until the flour is thoroughly cooked. By cooking the flour thoroughly, the powdery smell will disappear and transform into an appetizing aroma.
    Stir-fry until the flour is thoroughly cooked. By cooking the flour thoroughly, the powdery smell will disappear and transform into an appetizing aroma.
  11. Now, turn off the heat and add all the milk at once.
    Now, turn off the heat and add all the milk at once.
  12. Mix it well to blend evenly.
    Mix it well to blend evenly.
  13. Turn on the heat and stir lightly.
    Turn on the heat and stir lightly.
  14. Then, add the crab meat, salt and white pepper.
    Then, add the crab meat, salt and white pepper.
  15. Continue stirring on medium-high heat until the mixture thickens.
    Continue stirring on medium-high heat until the mixture thickens.
  16. When the mixture has reached the thick consistency as shown, transfer it to a tray.
    When the mixture has reached the thick consistency as shown, transfer it to a tray.
  17. The tray is greased with vegetable oil to make it easier to remove later.
    The tray is greased with vegetable oil to make it easier to remove later.
  18. Flatten the filling and tightly cover it with plastic wrap.
    Flatten the filling and tightly cover it with plastic wrap.
  19. Place the tray on ice and put ice packs on it to cool as soon as possible. Then, chill the tray in the fridge until cold.
    Place the tray on ice and put ice packs on it to cool as soon as possible. Then, chill the tray in the fridge until cold.
  20. Now, the filling has chilled. Mark it into 6 equal portions.
    Now, the filling has chilled. Mark it into 6 equal portions.
  21. Coat your hands with vegetable oil. Then, take one-sixth of the filling.
    Coat your hands with vegetable oil. Then, take one-sixth of the filling.
  22. Shape the piece into a circle while pushing the air out of it. If any air is trapped inside, it will burst in the hot oil.
    Shape the piece into a circle while pushing the air out of it. If any air is trapped inside, it will burst in the hot oil.
  23. Today, we'll use a circular shape, but a cylindrical shape is also popular.
    Today, we'll use a circular shape, but a cylindrical shape is also popular.
  24. The heat of your hands will make the filling sticky, so wearing kitchen gloves will make it easier to handle.
    The heat of your hands will make the filling sticky, so wearing kitchen gloves will make it easier to handle.
  25. Once all the filling is shaped into circles, remove the gloves and dust them with flour. Use a spatula to transfer the filling into the bowl so it doesn't lose its shape.
    Once all the filling is shaped into circles, remove the gloves and dust them with flour. Use a spatula to transfer the filling into the bowl so it doesn't lose its shape.
  26. Adjust the shape while covering it with flour. It's easier to work with plenty of flour in the bowl.
    Adjust the shape while covering it with flour. It's easier to work with plenty of flour in the bowl.
  27. Now, all the pieces are covered with flour.
    Now, all the pieces are covered with flour.
  28. Next, lightly dust off the excess flour and dip the filling in the beaten egg.
    Next, lightly dust off the excess flour and dip the filling in the beaten egg.
  29. Again, using a spatula will keep it from breaking and help to keep your hands clean.
    Again, using a spatula will keep it from breaking and help to keep your hands clean.
  30. Then, cover the fillings with a generous amount of panko, Japanese breadcrumbs and arrange them on a tray.
    Then, cover the fillings with a generous amount of panko, Japanese breadcrumbs and arrange them on a tray.
  31. You should use finely ground panko since it coats more evenly and doesn't come off as readily. If you only have coarsely ground panko, put it in a plastic bag and roll it with a rolling pin over the bag to make it finer.
    You should use finely ground panko since it coats more evenly and doesn't come off as readily. If you only have coarsely ground panko, put it in a plastic bag and roll it with a rolling pin over the bag to make it finer.
  32. As for the remaining flour and panko, sift each with a strainer into another bag, store them in the refrigerator or freezer, and use up as soon as possible.
    As for the remaining flour and panko, sift each with a strainer into another bag, store them in the refrigerator or freezer, and use up as soon as possible.
  33. And now, let's deep-fry the korokke. Heat the frying oil to 175 °C (347 °F).
    And now, let's deep-fry the korokke. Heat the frying oil to 175 °C (347 °F).
  34. Place only 3 korokke in the oil at a time. If you put too many pieces in the oil at once, the oil temperature will drop and the korokke won't fry properly, so be sure to fry them a few at a time.
    Place only 3 korokke in the oil at a time. If you put too many pieces in the oil at once, the oil temperature will drop and the korokke won't fry properly, so be sure to fry them a few at a time.
  35. Once the korokke are in the oil, move them gently so as not to disturb the coating.
    Once the korokke are in the oil, move them gently so as not to disturb the coating.
  36. Flip them over.
    Flip them over.
  37. Deep-fry them for a total of 2 to 3 minutes until deliciously browned.
    Deep-fry them for a total of 2 to 3 minutes until deliciously browned.
  38. Then, remove and drain the excess oil.
    Then, remove and drain the excess oil.
  39. Place the korokke onto a cooling rack.
    Place the korokke onto a cooling rack.
  40. These korokke are excellent with fresh tomatoes, lettuce or other vegetables of your choice.
    These korokke are excellent with fresh tomatoes, lettuce or other vegetables of your choice.
Recipe Notes

When frying, sometimes the outer layer may break and the filling comes out. This happens mainly because the oil temperature is not hot enough, the flour, egg or panko is not firmly attached, or the surface is damaged while deep-frying.
We recommend savoring the rich crab flavor of the korokke without any sauce.
You can also make delicious cream korokke with scallops, shrimp or crab sticks.

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