Crab Cakes with Cilantro Lime Aioli
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, so 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.
Crab Cakes with Cilantro Lime Aioli
Perfect crab cakes you can make at home!
- 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
31 Comments on “Crab Cakes with Cilantro Lime Aioli”
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!!!
These crab cakes look so luscious and the aioli sauce so delicious!
These delicate crab cakes remind me of the Galouti Kebabs we make here in India. The crab cakes sound delicious with that aioli. Yummy!
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 =)
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!
I can eat crab cakes any way you want to serve them! Hurray for Bill!
Simple, quick to make and so delicious!
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
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. 😉
Gotta love the “faux-allergies”! These crab cakes look like they would definitely cure any of those! yum!
The crab cakes look wonderful. I would love to try one.
…MMM I am drooling, love crab cakes!! and the aioli sauce looks delicious too!
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!
Hi Liz, crab cakes are one of my favorite things. love your aioli sauce. Pinned!
These look delicious. Everything you make usually does!! 😉
I love crab cakes, yours look fabulous, and like the idea of using crackers…
Enjoy your week Liz 😀
omg! yes! crab cakes are so delicious! I love them!
Being a Maryland girl, we love our crab cakes!
Perfect for a dinner in family! My children will love it 😉
Can I just make this aioli and swim in it? Looks incredible 😀
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