Seafood Dips and Chips
  |  First Published: September 2005

There is no limit to what you can serve to scoop up the following seafood dips with. Some accompaniments, such as bagel crisps, lavosh bread and Melba toasts, can be found in your local supermarket. Others such as wonton crisps and pita crisps will take only a few minutes to prepare and are very easy to make.

Spicy Crab Dip

Crab meat has a fabulous flavour and the few ingredients in this dip serve to highlight rather than mask that flavour. Sambal Oelek can be found in the Asian section of most supermarkets. This dip can be made up to a day in advance and stored in the refrigerator. Remove from the fridge about half an hour before serving.


500g fresh crabmeat

2 teaspoons chopped fresh coriander

2 teaspoons finely chopped chives

1/2 teaspoon lemon zest

2 tablespoons mayonnaise

1/2 teaspoon sambal oelek

 Place the crabmeat into a glass bowl and flake with clean fingers. Using a spoon, gently stir in the rest of the ingredients. Transfer the dip to a serving bowl. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour before serving to allow the flavours to blend.

Oriental Prawn Dip

The prawns in this dip are infused with the heady flavours of the Orient. Yes, you could use bought cooked prawns in this recipe but I find that freshly cooked prawns taste so much better.


1 teaspoon salt

500g small green prawns

4 shallots, green parts included, finely minced

1/2 tablespoon grated fresh ginger

1 clove grated garlic

1/4 cup of mayonnaise

2 tablespoons sour cream

a generous squeeze of lemon juice

1 teaspoon sesame oil

freshly ground pepper

 Fill a large saucepan with a couple of litres of water and add half of the salt. Bring the water to the boil and add the prawns. Cook the prawns until they are just pink. This should only take a couple of minutes. Drain and rinse the prawns under cold water. Peel and devein the prawns before finely chopping and transferring to a mixing bowl.

 Mix the shallots, garlic, ginger and remaining salt with the prawns. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir until well combined. Transfer to a serving bowl and serve with the accompaniments of your choice. Try the wonton crisps with this dip – great doesn’t even begin to describe it.

Crispy Wonton Crisps

 To make these crisps, simply purchase a packet of wonton wrappers from the frozen section of your supermarket and allow them to thaw. Cut the wrappers into triangles, sprinkle with a little salt and then pop them into a little hot oil and fry until golden brown on both sides. Drain the wonton crisps on some paper towel and then serve.

Pita Crisps

 Cut some small pita bread into quarters and pop under the griller until golden and crispy. You could sprinkle them with a little chilli powder before grilling if you like.

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