It’s All About Crab Crab Cakes

Adapted from the Lee Bros. Southern Cookbook

For 8 crab cakes, serving 4 people

If you’re going to prepare sweet delectable crab cakes, let the flavor of the meat shine through by buying the best grade of crab meat you can afford and judiciously adding seasonings.  The briny sweetness of the crab will be preserved and accentuated.

Crabmeat comes in four grades:, according to the USDA: jumbo lump, backfin lump, flake white and claw meat. The key is that whatever crabmeat you buy, be generous with the meat and don’t overpower it with filling.  Look for plastic containers of fresh crabmeat at the fish market or at the fish counter of the supermarket.


¾ lb. picked jumbo lump or backfin lump crabmeat

3 T high quality mayonnaise

1 t Dijon mustard

1 T fresh breadcrumbs

2 heaping T flat leaf parsley, chopped

½ t garlic, minced

2 T scallion, minced

½ t kosher salt

¼ freshly ground black pepper

1 large egg, beaten

2 T peanut oil, more if needed

1 lemon cut in wedges for garnish


In a large bowl, place the crab meat and gently fold in the mayonnaise, mustard, breadcrumbs, parsley, garlic, scallion, salt and pepper until they are thoroughly incorporated.  Fold the egg into the mixture. Mold the crab mixture into 8 cakes and flatten slightly.  Cover with plastic wrap and let them rest in refrigerator for a half hour.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Heat a 12-inch cast iron skillet to medium high and add oil.  When it shimmers, transfer 4 of the crab cakes to the skillet.  Sauté gently on both sides until browned, about 2 minutes per side.  Transfer to a plate lined with absorbent paper.  Sauté the remaining 4 cakes similarly, adding more oil if needed. Place all the crab cakes on a baking pan and bake for five minutes until heated through. Garnish with lemon wedges and homemade tartar sauce. Do not diminish your crab cakes with jarred tartar sauce.

Tartar Sauce

2 large shallots, finely chopped

2 medium gherkins or cornichons, finely diced

2 T freshly squeezed lemon juice

2 T parsley, finely chopped

1 cup mayonnaise

Salt and pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients and refrigerate until ready to use.

Photographer Bill Brady
Food Stylist Brian Preston Campbell
Recipe Provided by Phyllis Kirigin, aka sweetpaprika

About Bill Brady Food Photographer

I am an accomplished food and beverage photographer. Having managed to combine my 2 great passions food and photography into a career has been an absolute joy. I spend my time creating food images not only for a living but for my audience. It's a labor of love for me. Recently I have teamed up with a group of very talented people to launch an online Magazine called Heat Magazine. A magazine about all foods spicy. Enjoy
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5 Responses to It’s All About Crab Crab Cakes

  1. Kathy says:

    Hmmm I love eating crabs! It is great to see mustard and mayonnaise combined on this recipe as I love their taste when blended together.

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  4. Delicious I will make these this weekend!

  5. Wow! Thanks for sharing this really great recipe of crab cakes. I have tried it last night and I must say that this recipe is absolutely wonderful ! The measurements are really precise and tasty. Thanks!

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