Brazilian style gratin “crab” meat 🇧🇷

In Brazil, this is called "casquinha de siri" which translates "crabs in little shells" and it is a beach kinda food, people use to have it while on the beach or at seaside restaurants, it is a Brazilian treat served and enjoyed from the North all the way down to the South of Brazil. And here is my Vegan version, just for you guys to enjoy it! Um beijo!

Enough chitchat! Here is the recipe!


• 1 cup of torn stale bread
• 1 can of FULL-FAT coconut milk
• Olive oil
• ½ minced onion
• 1 garlic clove, minced
• ½ cup of minced bell pepper (any color you prefer)
• 200g oyster mushroom or white shimeji mushroom
• 1 tablespoon red palm oil (azeite de dende)
• 1 teaspoon of minced red chili pepper (optional)
• A handful of chopped cilantro
• White pepper to taste
• Salt to taste
• ½ lime, squeezed
• Breadcrumbs
• Limes cut in half - for squeezing on top of the gratin crab meat before serving


  • 1.
    Preheat the oven to 200℃ (400℉).
  • 2.
    Add the torn stale bread into a bowl, add half a can of the coconut milk, mix to combine, set aside.
  • 3.
    Tear the oyster mushrooms with your hands and put them into a food processor; pulse it 4 or five times, the flakes should be medium size, not too small. Reserve.
  • 4.
    In a skillet, on medium heat add the olive oil, once the oil is heated, add the onions and peppers, sauté until lightly golden, add the red chili pepper, stir for 1 minute more, add the garlic, sauté for 1 minute, add the shredded mushrooms, add salt and pepper and let it cook for 2 minutes, always stirring it.
  • 5.
    Add the soaked breadcrumbs, the remainder of the coconut milk, the red palm oil, the lime, and the cilantro. Let it cook for about 5 minutes on medium-low heat.
  • 6.
    Turn off the heat and transfer the “crab” mushrooms into small ramekins and cover them with breadcrumbs.
  • 7.
    Put the ramekins into a large baking sheet and place them in the oven and let it bake for 20 minutes at 200℃ (400℉) or until the breadcrumbs are golden brown.
  • 8.
    Drizzle with fresh lime juice right before eating them and enjoy it!
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