Crab Cakes are always a hit, whether you are serving them as an appetizer or main course. And the best recipe is right here!
Want to impress your family and friends? These Easy Crab Cakes are DELICIOUS and will definitely be a hit at your next dinner party.
Whether served as a main course or mini appetizers, these can be prepared in advance, frozen and cooked right before your guests arrive.
For a casual summer meal, pair them with Anna's fresh pineapple sesame slaw.
Don't you just hate it when you order crab cakes at a restaurant and all they are full of is filler but no crab?!
With this recipe, you can be assured that you will really taste the sweet, clean flavor of the crab.
It's best to use fresh crab meat (especially when it is in season) but I occasionally use the Chicken of the Sea "lump" crab meat in a can from Costco; it is meaty and reasonably priced.
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- 2 Tablespoons butter
- ⅓ cup celery, finely chopped
- ⅓ cup yellow onion, finely chopped
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- ¼ cup mayonnaise
- 1 Tablespoon minced chives
- 2 Tablespoons minced parsley
- 1 Tablespoon dijon mustard
- 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 ½ teaspoons Old Bay Seasoning
- ¼ teaspoon Tabasco sauce
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon fresh ground pepper
- 1 pound lump crabmeat, picked over for shells or cartilage
- 1 ¼ cups panko (Japanese breadcrumbs), divided
- 3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- lemon wedges and parsley, for garnish
- Saute the chopped celery and onion in the butter until tender. Set aside to cool.
- In a medium bowl, whisk all ingredients EXCEPT the crabmeat and panko.
- Add celery and onion to the mixture.
- Add the crabmeat; using your hands, mix in gently to blend.
- Add ¾ cup of panko. Mix well.
- Using a 2-inch ice cream scoop, measure out 10 portions.
- Shape the mixture into patties, about 1-inch thick.
- Carefully dredge the crab cakes in the remaining panko crumbs.
- Chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
- Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
- Fry the crab cakes a few at a time until golden on both sides, about 3 - 4 minutes per side.
- Place on a platter and garnish with lemon and parsley.
- For crab cake appetizers, roll the crab cake mixture into 1-inch balls, then roll in breadcrumbs. Slightly flatten before frying.
- Crab cakes are delicious served with your favorite remoulade or tartar sauce.