A Sucker for a Crab Cake
My wife Ally will tell you that I'm a sucker for a crab cake. I'm also a sucker for quick and easy recipes. I have no idea where the crab cake addiction came from. When the urge for a crab cake hits me I have to have a crab cake right then or in the next hour, or day or two. Here's a recipe for easy crab cakes that you can tweak to your own taste buds!

Too many variations?
I don't think there can be too many variations of a crab cake! These little seafood cakes are my go-to small meal when I can't decide what I want at a restaurant. For some reason they hit the spot. They're are almost as many variations of crab cakes as there are variations of barbecue sauces. This recipe is simple and uses ingredients that are easy to find. You can use crab meat, imitation crab, lobster, imitation lobster and even crawdad meat if you wish.

Here's a simple Southern "Seafood" cake recipe that you can tweak as needed. The main thing is this - don't use too many crackers and don't over pack or form your cakes.

For the Crab Cakes:

  • 1 pound lump crab meat - broken
  • 3/4 cup low-fat mayonnaise
  • 1- 2 tablespoons Dijon or spicy mustard
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Old Bay seasoning
  • Half handful minced red or green pepper if desired
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 12 Saltine crackers, crushed
  • Parsley flakes

Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and if you don't have Old Bay, try Cajun or creole seasoning. Cover and chill for an hour or more. Then form into balls smaller than a ping pong ball. Smaller cakes are easier to flip. The cakes tend to break apart if made too big. You can cook them in hot oil until golden on each side or place on a nonstick cookie sheet with a bit of butter spread on top and bottom and bake at 450° until golden brown.

For the Creole Tartar Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
  • Several dashes of creoles seasoning to taste
  • Small dash of chili powder
  • Dash of lemon or lime juice
  • A few drops of hot sauce
  • Combine in a bowl and chill before serving. Top with paprika and parsley to garnish.

Crab Cake Tips:
Wheat crackers or other seasoned crackers can be used in place of saltines. Try not to crumble the crab meat too much so that it maintains its clump form. Pencil eraser size pieces are as small as you would want to go. I prefer vegetable or canola cooking oil over butter or olive oil. Butter is perfect if oven cooking the crab cakes. Don't make the crab cakes too big or they may break apart when cooking. Turn as few times as possible.

Recipe: TheDeckChef.com

Category: Food & Lifestyle
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