Salmorejo (Crab Stew) and Coconut Arancini

Raven Higheagle


Arancini are traditionally Italian fried rice balls. In this recipe, I offer up a Caribbean version by combining the rice with a crab stew before rolling in shredded coconut.

☆☆☆☆☆ 0 votes
Serves 12
30 Min
30 Min
Deep Fry


Add to Grocery List

2 c
tomato sauce
9 Tbsp
chopped onion
6 Tbsp
olive oil
6 Tbsp
chopped green bell pepper
6 tsp
finely chopped garlic
olives, pitted and chopped
12 dash(es)
tabasco sauce
9 c
crabmeat, picked over
kosher salt
vegetable or peanut oil, for frying
12 c
cooked and cooled white rice
shredded coconut, for rolling

How to Make Salmorejo (Crab Stew) and Coconut Arancini


  • 1Heat the tomato sauce, onion, oil, peppers, garlic, olives, Tabasco and 3 cups water in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook for about 2 minutes, stirring continuously.
  • 2Add the crabmeat, stir, and reduce the heat to low. Cook, covered, for 15 minutes
  • 3Remove from heat, stir and season to taste with salt. Let stand, covered, until cooled
  • 4Heat a pot of oil to 350 F. Add the rice to the crab mixture and mix. Roll into 3 to 4-inch balls.
  • 5Roll the balls in shredded coconut and fry until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Serve hot.

Printable Recipe Card

About Salmorejo (Crab Stew) and Coconut Arancini

Course/Dish: Seafood Appetizers
Main Ingredient: Seafood
Regional Style: Caribbean
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

Show 1 Comment & Review

25 Blue Ribbon Shrimp Recipes

25 Blue Ribbon Shrimp Recipes

Kitchen Crew @JustaPinch

There's nothing fishy here! We've found 25 stellar Blue Ribbon shrimp recipes full of flavor and perfect for summer.

Pinch Tips: How To Peel & Devein Shrimp Recipe

pinch tips: How to Peel & Devein Shrimp

Kitchen Crew @JustaPinch

The Just A Pinch Test Kitchen shows how to easily peel and devein shrimp.

12 Slurp-worthy Oyster Recipes

12 Slurp-Worthy Oyster Recipes

Kitchen Crew @JustaPinch

Calling all oyster-lovers! If you’re a fan of slurping down some yummy oysters, why not try making some at home? Plus, some more creative ways to enjoy. Check out these...