Chef John’s Crab Cakes Recipe

Chef John's Crab Cakes Recipe

"These are what crab cakes are supposed to be like. They are basically a fried lump of crabmeat, held together with a minimum of filler. Delicious!" Author: Chef John Total Time: 1 h 23 m

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Serving size: 4
Calories per serving: 197


8 saltine crackers, finely crushed
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon seafood seasoning (such as old bay®)
1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 egg, beaten
salt to taste
1 pinch cayenne pepper (optional)
1 pound fresh crabmeat, well-drained
1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
2 tablespoons butter


Mix saltine crackers, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, seafood seasoning, Worcestershire sauce, egg, salt, and cayenne pepper in a large bowl.

Stir in crabmeat until mixture is combined but still chunky. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Sprinkle breadcrumbs on a plate.

Shape chilled crab mixture into 4 small thick patties; coat completely with bread crumbs.

Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat; cook crab cakes until golden brown, about 4 minutes per side.


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