Peruvian Causa (Potato and Crab Salad) with Aji Amarillo Sauce

Peruvian Causa, Crab and Potato Salad

We’ll be frank. Potato salad typically doesn’t excite us–except when there’s special ingredient or when it’s Peruvian style causa. Causa is classic summer dish combining classic Peruvian ingredients of yellow potato with aji amarillo (yellow chile) along with any variety of protein such as tuna, crab/lobster, or chicken. Our first taste of this dish was at Mo-Chica Peruvian Resturant, and we loved the combination of sweet/spicy yellow potatoes, flavorful minced crab, and kick of the spicy aji amarillo. It was hearty, yet refreshing and of course the aji amarillo sauce was delicious, so this was one potato dish that we were dying to make ourselves. We recreated this dish and tried it with crab meat.

Peruvian Causa, Crab and Potato Salad

Peruvian Causa (Crab and Potato Salad) (4-6 servings–adapted from
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  • 1 lb. yellow potatoes (in Los Angeles find them at Jon’s or Food 4 Less or your local latin market. If not available, use yukon gold)
  • 1 cup of minced crab meat (fresh if possible, or about 2 cans of minced crab meat-drained well)
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1/2 avocado, sliced thinly
  • 1/2 lime
  • aji amarillo sauce (**update 7/2/09** We realize not everyone can find this type of chile, so for a quick and delicious substitute, use Sriracha sauce!!)
  • 1 ts sugar
  • 1 ts salt
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 4 tbs light mayonnaise
  • optional: sliced boiled eggs and olives

First boil the potatoes with 1 ts of salt until fork tender. Drain and allow to cool, peel, and mash until smooth. Add 2 tbs of aji amarillo sauce (adjust to your desired level spiciness), olive oil, juice from 1/2 lime, and sugar and mix well and set aside.

Peruvian Causa, Crab and Potato Salad

Combine the well drained crab meat with light mayonnaise, half of the diced red onions and season to taste with salt and pepper. Drain off any excess liquid.

Using small ceramic dish, layer the crab mixture followed by the potatoes. Chill for about 1 hr. Top with diced tomatoes, red onions, and slices of avocado. To make individual servings, use a round mold. We made our own mode from cutting off the ends of a small plastic water bottle, and lightly oil the insides. Or, using a large piece of saran wrap you can layer the potatoes followed by the crab and diced tomatoes, onions and avocado and roll sushi style, chill, and cut.

Apply generous topping of aji amarillo sauce and optional sliced boil egg and olives and we can guarantee that this will be one of the best potato salad you’ll ever had.

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20 Responses to “Peruvian Causa (Potato and Crab Salad) with Aji Amarillo Sauce”

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    Miakoda — July 1, 2009 @ 3:50 pm

    What a colorful plate! I love such visual treats 🙂

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    Rose at The Bite Me Kitchen — July 1, 2009 @ 4:24 pm

    Very nicely done! Peru is my favorite country that I have visited 🙂 The food is exquisite! This looks delicious.

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    Cookie — July 1, 2009 @ 5:21 pm

    What a beautiful dish! Potato salad and crab? YUM!

  4. 4

    Thrifty DC Cook — July 2, 2009 @ 3:44 am

    Everything you guys make looks so beautiful and delicious. I will be referencing your site a lot for future Vietnamese food cooking.


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    Krissy @ The Food Addicts — July 2, 2009 @ 5:48 am

    gorgeous presentation!! looks delicious too.

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    Angie's Recipes — July 2, 2009 @ 7:27 am

    This potato is a WINNER!

    Angie's Recipes

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    Hummingbird Appetite — July 2, 2009 @ 12:08 pm

    This looks wonderful and tasty!

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    Lori Lynn — July 3, 2009 @ 1:26 am

    Looks excellent. I love Peruvian cooking. We are making oyster tacos with aji amarillo sauce this weekend!

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    Ravenous Couple — July 3, 2009 @ 6:34 am

    miakoda: Colorful and tastes great too!

    Rose: Thank you! Can you tell we've got the Peru food bug too?

    Cookie: Yeah…it's actually great combination!!

    Thrifty DC cook: Thank you so much. We love to showcase the awesomeness of Vietnamese cuisine.

    Krissy: Def. try Mo-Chica's when you guys get the chance.

    Angie: Thanks!!

    Hummingbird: Try it–we know you probably don't have access to aji amarillo, but try sriracha instead!

    LL: OOhh…looking forward to reading your posts on that!

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    Ruth — July 3, 2009 @ 7:25 am

    Hmmm so Summery!! I'd have crab with anything, me!!!

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    mathildescuisine — July 3, 2009 @ 8:15 am

    That is a CREATIVE dish! Well done!

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    tokyoterrace — July 4, 2009 @ 6:24 pm

    What a lovely presentation! This looks delicious!

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    Ravenous Couple — July 7, 2009 @ 4:44 pm

    Ruth: We made this again for a bbq and people just stared and then gobbled it one had ever heard it before. Poor egg salad that someone else made was hardly touched!

    mathildescuisine: Thank you!

    tokyoterrace: Thank you!

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    Anne — July 12, 2009 @ 2:36 am

    thanks–this is the exact Mo-chica dish I was trying to replicate. The version I had yesterday had green sauce, tho, not yellow-red. Maybe a chimichurri variant? I looked for the peppers at the Super King (on San Fernando) which normally has EVERYTHING, but no dice. I'll have to try the Jon's nearby…nice work!

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    Ravenous Couple — July 13, 2009 @ 6:14 am

    Anne: Yes, it was a slightly different sauce, I think the black mint huacatay. But aji amarillo sauce tastes great! We used it as a steak sauce and it's sweet and spicy at the same time..great!

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    Aree — July 18, 2009 @ 7:27 am

    Thanks for the tip. I can never find Aji Amarillo. But Sriracha as substitute? Really?

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    Anonymous — February 2, 2011 @ 6:43 pm

    You can use boiled eggs and chopped coriander as garnish too…Saludos desde Peru 🙂

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