Spicy raw papaya salad with blue crab and cashew nuts


There are many ways to make papaya salad. The best known recipe simply includes dry shrimp but there are many variations which include for example salted duck eggs, fresh shrimp or rice-field crab. Here at Koh Samui we like to use the fresh blue crabs that we find in abundance along our coasts.

Quantities are given for 1 mortar (serves 1 as a main course or 2 as a starter)


1 fresh blue crab (about 350 g)

½ tablespoon coconut sugar

2 tablespoons fish sauce

2 tablespoons lime juice


2 garlic cloves 1 fresh red bird's eye chilli (for a medium spicy salad)