Crispy crab puffs and harissa Rice



Harissa is a fiery paste from North Africa that can be found at gourmet food shops and many supermarkets, as well as online. Here it is added to the crab mixture for the puffs, along with lemon confit, chopped onion and cilantro (use both the leaves and tender stems, which pack a lot of flavor), and of course flaked crabmeat. The puffs are fried until golden brown and crispy in a skillet and served with rice.


  • 1 lemon confit (preserved lemon)
  • 1/4 onion (chopped)
  • 1/3 bunch coriander
  • 200 grams crab (Sea Delights brand)
  • 4 tablespoons harissa paste (hot chili paste)
  • 4 filo pastry (sheets)
  • 1 cup rice (quick cooking)
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1/2 lemon (juice)
  • olive oil (to taste)
  • 1 pomegranate
  • 1 piece ginger
  • 1 large tomato
  • 2 tablespoons plain yogurt
  • lettuce (mixture to taste)


  1. Finely chop the lemon confit , onion and coriander (both leaves and stems). In a bowl, mix lemon mixture with the crab meat, previously minced in a food processor.
  2. Add the harissa.
  3. Pour 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a pan and cook the filo sheets until golden and crispy on both sides.
  4. Pour 1 cup of rice into a saucepan and add 1 1/2 cups boiling water, salt and 2 teaspoons of harissa.
  5. Cook until the water evaporates.
  6. Pour the rice into a serving dish and make a well in the center.
  7. Spoon the crab salad in the well and season with salt, olive oil and a few drops of lemon juice.
  8. Garnish with pomegranate seeds and chopped coriander.
  9. Finely grate the tomato and ginger and combine with the juice of half a lemon, salt, pepper and plain yogurt.
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