Paleo Recipes: Papaya Salad with Spanner Crab

Paleo Recipes: Papaya Salad with Spanner Crab

Paleo Recipes: Papaya Salad with Spanner Crab

Summer is still just about upon many of us and we can still be enjoying gorgeous salads. So it seems like an appropriate time to have a look at a wonderful Pete Evans Paleo Way salad!

TV star, celebrity chef and popular advocate of healthy living and eating, Pete has dedicated himself to researching the benefits of paleo eating and, with his dedicated Paleo Way team, taking his findings to the world.

WatchFit is delighted to have an exclusive agreement to publish one of Pete’s mouth-watering paleo recipes every two weeks.


This week we present his:

Papaya Salad with Spanner Crab

(Serve 2 -4)


– 3/4 tablespoons coconut sugar or honey

– 4 tablespoons fish sauce

– 3 tablespoons roasted cashews, coarsely crushed

– 2 cloves garlic, crushed

– 2 long red chilies, sliced

– 2 tablespoon dried shrimp

– 1 green papaya, peeled, seeded and julienned

– 10 cherry tomatoes, quartered

– 100 g green beans, cut into 1 cm lengths

– 6 tablespoons lime juice

– 200 g crab meat (spanner crab, blue swimmer crab or Alaskan crab)

– 1 handful Thai basil leaves

– 1 handful coriander leaves

– 4 tablespoons crispy shallots, to serve

– 1 lime, cut into wedge, to serve


Add the coconut sugar, fish sauce and 2 tablespoon of water in a saucepan. Cook on a low heat until it forms nice shiny syrup, about 5 minutes. Allow to cool and set aside until needed.

Roughly crush the cashew nuts with mortar and pestle. Remove and set aside. Wipe the mortar and pestle clean, then add the garlic, chilli and shrimp and lightly bash.

Add the shredded papaya and continue bashing, but not too hard. Just enough so the mixture soaks up the flavours. Add the liquid coconut sugar and fish sauce syrup, tomatoes, beans and lime juice. Continue to gently bash.

Place the salad and dressing in a bowl and toss through the crab meat, coriander, Thai basil and cashew.

Serve on a larger platter or serving plates and sprinkle over some crispy shallots and lime wedges on the side.

About the ingredients

Papaya comes from the tropics of the America’s and is probably most associated with Mexico. Papaya fruit is born on a tall tree and is a type of berry.

It is a significant source of vitamins C, folate and phytochemicals a also contains vitamins A, E, K, B1, B2, B3. And although there is no hard and fast scientific evidence, in some parts of the world Papaya leaves are used a a treatment for malaria and dengue fever.

The spanner crab might not be familiar to all. It is also sometimes known as the Frog Crab. Found off the east and west coasts of Australia they derive their name from their spanner shaped claws.

Its meat is a fine source of Omega 3 & 6, sodium and protein,

Interesting fact – Spanner Crabs can actually move forwards and backwards and not sideways like other crabs!

Have a go at Pete’s paleo Papaya Salad with Spanner Crab this weekend and introduce an amazing new healthy dish to your repertoire!

Look out for the next recipe in two weeks. It will be a very different dish but we can guarantee it will be fantastically nutritious, super tasty and easy enough to make. It will quickly become yet another impressive addition to your repertoire!