How to Make Crab Cakes

How to Make Crab Cakes That'll Melt in Your Mouth

Crab cakes are a good side dish to serve with a meal. They are not very difficult to make, and also taste delicious. This article provides some recipes that you can try at home.
Tastessence Staff
Last Updated: Jul 21, 2017
Fish fingers, grilled chicken, and crab cakes, taste wonderful when served hot as side dishes. Although crabs are scrumptious, cooking them is a bit tricky whether they are grilled, baked, or roasted. Some people like to carry out the entire preparatory process by themselves by getting fresh crabs while some others prefer to use the canned ones. However, the basic method of cooking crabs is more or less the same.

Easy-to-Make Recipes

Crab cakes are normally served as appetizers, side dishes, and often as evening snacks. Those who prefer to make this recipe with canned crabs need not undergo the process of dressing the fresh ones. Given below are some recipes.

Recipe 1
The authentic form of these cakes is savored with a butter and peppermint sauce dip. The following recipe explains the process of making fried cakes on a pan.

Ingredients
  • Blue crab meat, 1 pound
  • Vegetable oil, 2 teaspoons
  • Mayonnaise, 2 teaspoons
  • Mustard, 1 teaspoon
  • Beaten egg, 1
  • Saltine crackers, 8
  • Old Bay seasoning, ½ teaspoon
  • Worcestershire sauce, ¼ teaspoon
  • Shredded Parmesan cheese
Preparation
  • Carefully remove the cartilage from the crab meat. Place the meat in a bowl and marinate it with some salt and vinegar.
  • Break the crackers into pieces and mix them with the beaten egg, Old Bay seasoning, mayonnaise, and mustard.
  • Roll the meat into balls and combine it with this mixture. Refrigerate it for one hour.
  • In a pan, heat some cooking oil to fry the balls. Sautè them until they turn golden-brown in color.
  • Garnish them with the Worcestershire sauce or tartar, and top them with some shredded cheese. Serve hot.
Recipe 2
This recipe gives the process of making these cakes in an oven, which is the easiest way to prepare vintage recipes like the Mediterranean style ones. Oven baking these cakes is healthier than pan frying them because of the minimal use of oil.

Ingredients
  • Crab meat, 1 pound
  • Bread crumbs, ¼ cup
  • Melted butter, ½ cup
  • Beaten egg, 1
  • Salt and Pepper, 1 pinch each
  • Lemon juice, 2 teaspoons
Preparation
  • Preheat the oven to 400 °F.
  • Combine the crab meat with the egg, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, melted butter, salt, and pepper.
  • Coat this mixture with a thick layer of bread crumbs, and form small cake-like shapes from it.
  • Grease a baking sheet with a little melted butter or vegetable oil and place the cakes on it.
  • Let them bake for 20 minutes till they obtain a golden-brown color. Serve hot with your favorite toppings.
Recipe 3
This recipe provides the Caribbean style preparation of grilling, roasting, or smoking these cakes. It tastes best when eaten with salsa, or any authentic variety of crab cake sauces.

Ingredients

For the Cakes
  • Crab meat, ¾ pound
  • Mayonnaise, ¾ cup
  • Minced green onions, 2
  • Bread crumbs, 1 cup
  • Minced garlic, 1 clove
  • Vegetable oil, 2 teaspoons
  • Salt and Pepper, 1 pinch each
Mango Salsa
  • Diced Mango, 1
  • Lime juice of 1 lime
  • Diced Jalapeno pepper, 1 teaspoon
  • Cilantro and Basil, 3 tablespoons each
Preparation
  • Mix all the ingredients with the crab meat. Adjust the composition of the mixture by adding corn flour or bread crumbs to it. Mix the hot sauce, garlic, and onions together thoroughly.
  • Form cake-like shapes of the meat mixture and refrigerate it for half an hour.
  • Prepare the mango salsa by mixing the jalapeno pepper, diced mango, lime juice, cilantro, and basil together, and refrigerate it for at least one hour.
  • Put the cakes on the grill bars and grill them. You can also crisp fry them.
  • Let all the sides of the cakes turn dark brown. Top them with mango salsa before serving.
While making crab cakes, remember to marinate them well and cook them at the correct temperature so that their core doesn't remain half-baked. If you follow the exact steps for preparing them, they will turn out extremely scrumptious and will be loved by everyone.