June 3, 2011

LSL {Foodie Friday} - Crab Cakes

I was so thrilled when I learned what Kim was making for this week. Crab cakes have to be one of my favorite appetizers, like, ever. They are just so tiny and delicious. And who knew they were that simple? Thank you Kim, I might have to get Mr. W to make these for with me. Bon appétit!

Crab Cake Appetizer {adapted from Cuisinart Original Recipes}
Serving: makes about eight crab cakes

16 ounces lump crab meat
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil

1 medium red bell pepper, cut into small dice 

1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely chopped

3 green onions, chopped (approximately 1/3- 1/2 cup)

1 garlic clove, finely chopped

¼ teaspoon kosher salt

1 egg, lightly beaten

1 ½ cups panko breadcrumbs plus extra for dredging

½ cup mayonnaise

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1 ½ teaspoons homemade crab seasoning (e.g. Old Bay)
hot sauce (optional)

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1. Look through crabmeat to make sure there are no shells. Reserve in refrigerator.

2. Place the olive oil in a 10” skillet and place over medium heat. Add the peppers and onion and sweat for at least 5 minutes until the vegetables soften slightly. Stir in the garlic and salt and cook for another 5 minutes.

3. Remove the vegetables from the heat and allow them to cool for a few minutes. Once the vegetables are cool to the touch add them to the crabmeat. To the mixture add the egg, panko mayonnaise, Worcestershire, Dijon, and crab seasoning, and dash or two of hot sauce if desired. Very gently mix all ingredients together. The best way to mix the crab mixture is with clean hands however you can mix with a spoon. It is important to mix carefully to keep the crabmeat in tact.

4. From the mixture form ¼ cup oval cakes with your hands and place them on a clean plate, separating the layers of patties with wax paper. Cover with plastic and refrigerate for 1 hour before sautéing.

5. Place a Cuisinart non-stick skillet over medium high heat and add the oil. Dredge the crab cakes in remaining panko crumbs. When oil is hot, sauté crab cakes in batches, approximately 3 to 5 minutes per side. Crab cakes should be a deep golden brown on each side.

6. Serve immediately. Lemon wedges make a nice accompaniment.

Delicious after
What are your favorite appetizers to make? 



  1. These sound delicious! I love crab cakes and have never tried making them...I just might have to give this a try in the near future!!

  2. BAH! Crab is my favorite. Make it into little bite size balls? Even BETTER! Will definitely have to make these. The hubby loves them too! Now I'm hungry ;)


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