How To Make Crab Cakes

Here’s how to make crab cakes out of crab meat. These would be perfect little cakes if you were throwing a birthday party for a fish or a shark or a whale. Not such a great idea if the party is for a crab, but in that case you could just swap out the crab meat for drained canned tuna or salmon and make that little birthday-crab happier’n he’s ever been in his whole crabby little life.

If you want, you can add a tablespoon of pimientos or chopped red bell pepper for a color kick. Or you could use some minced onion or shallot instead of celery if you are one of those people I’ve heard about that hates celery for some stupid reason. Not that you’re stupid. I just don’t understand you.

Crab Cakes Recipe


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Crab Cakes
 
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Recipe type: Seafood
Serves: 2-4
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces fresh picked or canned crab meat
  • ⅓ cup minced celery
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons minced parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dijon or horseradish mustard
  • 2 tablespoons dry breadcrumbs or cracker crumbs
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 cup dry bread crumbs for dredging
  • 2-3 tablespoons butter
Instructions
  1. Look over the crab meat carefully to find any stray bits of shell.
  2. Saute the celery and garlic in the oil for about 5 minutes until soft but not browned.
  3. Mix the crab, egg, vegetables, seasoning and 2 tablespoons crumbs together to make a soft dough.
  4. Form 4 patties and dredge well in crumbs.
  5. Refrigerate 30 minutes, or up to 6 hours to set.
  6. Melt butter over medium high heat and add the cakes.
  7. Fry 3 minutes until golden brown, then flip and reduce the heat to medium.
  8. Fry 3-4 more minutes.
  9. Serve with lemon wedges or tartar sauce

Here’s my “patented” homemade tartar sauce recipe, too!

Comments

  1. Homemade is always best. Homemade and from the heart is better than best. Day One: Our Son #3 planned to get up at dawn the next day to go crabbing with friends in the Chesapeake Bay. He had his trap and his chicken necks ready. I asked him to save some for me. Day Two: He was gone crabbing all the day. Day Three: I saw in the morning that he was snoring away in his bed. I went downstairs to get some breakfast. I opened the fridge to find a perfectly made crabcake. Not just made by our son, but made for me by him from a crab he’d caught himself. As i said above, better than best.

  2. I love crab cakes and this recipe is the best I have seen. Cannot wait to give it a try.Thank you.

  3. tscarborough says:

    Fresh crabmeat is hard to find and expensive. I use redfish or any flaky white fish. Grill it just enough to flake, break it up and carry on with your normal recipe. ’tis good!

  4. Dominic Johnson says:

    Hey this recipe is mouth watering :). I’ll try it out :)

  5. Flippin YUM! nuf said…..

  6. I love your site and recommend it to all my cooking friends.

    I plan on making these tonight for my daughter – they look fantastic… just a little correction – in the ingredients you say garlic, but in the instructions you say onion…

    You’re the best, you always crack me up.

    • Thanks, Patrick! People like you keep this site going. We really appreciate you telling your friends.
      And thanks for the heads-up on the recipe typo. Hope you like the crab cakes!

  7. Just found your website and videos yesterday. Going to try this recipe today. Love the basic recipes and techniques – just what I need. Thanks and best of luck.

  8. Just found your website (b/c of your AMAZING Chick-fil-Gay sandwich…made it already :D)

    I’m a bit obsessed, and I’ve sung your Crab Cake song 2ce to my boyfriend in the past week. It doesn’t get old!

    I’m in a really great mood! (because of you!)

    • Hi Tyler! And now I’m in a really great mood because of YOU! Thanks for writing! Hope you like the crab cakes, too. :)

  9. you are a great hilarious chef! anyway, this is one of my favorite recipe!!!

  10. This looks like an awesome recipe. I really want to try it, but I have no idea where I can get breadcrumbs here (currently living in Japan). Can the breadcrumbs be substituted with anything?

    • Hey Robert! You can make breadcrumbs by pulverizing some toast in a blender or food processor. Or use cracker crumbs. Can you find Panko breadcrumbs? They are a large, coarse Japanese breadcrumb that we get here.

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