This 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!
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 of 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!
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 had 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.
- Try my other crab cake recipe with avocado aioli, too!
- 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
- 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.
- Serve with your favorite tartar sauce or remoulade sauce. Pictured with Stonewall Kitchen's Aioli.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 335Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 122mgSodium: 782mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 22g