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Crab Cakes on a round white plate with lime and aioli

Crab Cakes with Cilantro Lime Aioli

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These is a recipe for the BEST Crab Cakes. Tender, delicate with just a bit of cracker crumbs and mayo to bind them, they will thrill the crab lovers in your life!

Crab Cakes on a round white plate with lime and aioli

The Best Crab Cakes with Cilantro Lime Aioli

It’s always a shocker when I can remove a dish from the picky hubby’s “faux allergy” AKA will not eat list. A couple years ago he came home from a business raving about crab cakes. What the heck? He was eating seafood and liking it?

I was thrilled. I could now make crab cakes at home!

Crab Cakes on a square white plate with aioli, a lime slice and cilantro

Tips for Making the Best Crab Cakes

  • Bill adored these crab cakes. They are quite delicate, do don’t be surprised if they fall apart when flipped. I use two spatulas and very gingerly turn them over. Make sure they are browned before the initial flip. I used my griddle pan so I wouldn’t have to deal with a pan lip in my way. Tiny, appetizer sized cakes might be easier to handle.
  • From my East coast friends, I learned that the crab must be the predominant ingredient to make the best crab cakes. So a modicum of filler, a bit of bell pepper and scallion are the primary ingredients. I added some Old Bay seasoning, just because it works so well with crab without overwhelming the flavor palate.
  • There was no egg to bind, but instead a dollop of mayonnaise,  thus making very tender cakes.
  • I have served these to my book club…and one of my friends commented that my seafood spread was better than she eaten in any restaurant. How’s that for an endorsement? I served these with a lovely Cilantro Lime Aioli from Stonewall Kitchens…a tart and flavorful mayonnaise. You can use your favorite tartar sauce, too.
Crab Cakes with Cilantro Lime Aioli

Crab Cakes with Cilantro Lime Aioli

Perfect crab cakes you can make at home!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Yield 4 servings


  • 1 lb. lump crab meat
  • 1 small red bell pepper, finely minced
  • 1 scallion finely minced
  • A scant 1/2 cup finely crushed Ritz crackers
  • 1/2-cup mayonnaise
  • Dash of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning


  1. Mix everything but the crab. Gently fold in the crab. Form into cakes (3-inch diameter is a good size) and sauté in butter. Cook about 4 minutes per side until golden.
  2. Serve with your favorite tartar sauce  or remoulade sauce. Pictured with Stonewall Kitchen's Aioli.

Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0 Total Fat: 0g

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31 comments on “Crab Cakes with Cilantro Lime Aioli”

  1. Can I just make this aioli and swim in it? Looks incredible 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  2. Perfect for a dinner in family! My children will love it 😉

  3. Being a Maryland girl, we love our crab cakes!

  4. omg! yes! crab cakes are so delicious! I love them!

  5. I love crab cakes, yours look fabulous, and like the idea of using crackers…
    Enjoy your week Liz 😀

  6. These look delicious. Everything you make usually does!! 😉

  7. Hi Liz, crab cakes are one of my favorite things. love your aioli sauce. Pinned!

  8. Gosh, you picked the right match to the aioli! These crab cakes look tasty and will be enhanced by the flavour of cilantro and lime in the aioli. Love it!

    Gourmet Getaways

  9. …MMM I am drooling, love crab cakes!! and the aioli sauce looks delicious too!

  10. The crab cakes look wonderful. I would love to try one.

  11. Gotta love the “faux-allergies”! These crab cakes look like they would definitely cure any of those! yum!

  12. Lizzy,
    My hubby would love these. Pinned. I’m not a fan of shellfish but they do look tasty. Maybe I should start a list of faux allergies too. 😉

  13. Has Bill ever counted how many faux allergies he has? I’m glad he ate these as they look so good and I do love the combination of coriander (cilantro) with lime and that aioli looks incredible xx

  14. Simple, quick to make and so delicious!

  15. I can eat crab cakes any way you want to serve them! Hurray for Bill!

  16. I love all of Bill’s faux-allergies! I have those same allergies when it comes to liver and onions, fish sticks, and spam!

    These crab cakes are fabulous , Sous Chef would definitely approve!

  17. Your delectable and delicate crab cake flipping procedure reminds me of making black bean burgers. (BTW Ritz crackers and panko are at the top of my list for fillers.)

    Congratulations on the kudos from your friends and hubby =)

  18. These delicate crab cakes remind me of the Galouti Kebabs we make here in India. The crab cakes sound delicious with that aioli. Yummy!

  19. These crab cakes look so luscious and the aioli sauce so delicious!

  20. Liz, I love crab cakes!!! Bill is so lucky to have you cook for him! 🙂 and love the Cilantro Lime Aioli . . I need to find that stat!!!

  21. These look delicious Lizzy. I have not had crab cakes in a long time. Blessings dear. Catherine xo

  22. Yum! Those crab cakes look amazing 🙂

  23. It recently took me forever and a half to pick through a dozen blue crab but this recipe would definitely make it worth it again!!!

  24. I love crab cakes, your aioli sounds so good!

  25. I love crab Lizzy ! These look absolutely delicious:)

  26. Picky Hubby approved is a MAJOR endorsement! Not that I needed it for these gorgeous crab cakes.

  27. Don’t know why but crab cakes always make me think of Thai restaurants…

  28. I’ve never had crabcakes before :O Although I can imagine they’d taste amazing, since I love fish cakes anyway and I like crab better than fish!

  29. Crab cakes are one of my most favorite things ever!

  30. Uru has the right idea about this aioli!

  31. Ooooh Lizzy these just look sooo good! 😀 You’ve got my mouth watering with these!

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