Tasty Tuesday: Homemade Crab Cakes

My dear friend Catherine (who shared her Ratatouille recipe with me a few weeks ago) recently gave me the inside scoop on how to make fabulous homemade crab cakes. These delicious crab cakes are the Real Deal–more crab than crumbs and packed full of flavor. I never understood why restaurants could charge so much for crab cakes, but I have a better idea now. Buying REAL crab can be expensive but so worth it for a special occasion. This is an easy recipe too! (And don’t worry, if you need to substitute a less expensive grade of crab, these yummy crab cakes will still work just fine.)

A lemon wedge garnishes homemade crab cake

Catherine’s Homemade Crab Cakes

  • 1 T. prepared yellow mustard
  • 1 ½ T. bread crumbs
  • 1 T. mayonnaise
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 T. chopped parsley
  • 2 t. Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1 pound lump crab meat

Mix the first six ingredients together thoroughly.

Stirring together the ingredients for homemade crabcakeswhisk ingredients together for crab cakes

Toss with crab meat. Don’t break the crab pieces too much as you stir.

Lump crab for crab cakesStirring lump crab into crab cakesGently mix ingredients together for crab cakes

Shape into 1/3 c.. measuring cup, pressing firmly. Turn out onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Measure out crab cakes onto a baking sheetuncooked crab cakes on parchment

Bake for 7-9 minutes in a preheated 375° oven. Serve hot with a wedge of lemon.

Delicious homemade crab cake

These are really basic but incredibly delicious. The very best thing to use is a good quality lump crab. It IS possible to use the less expensive backfin or mixed crab meat. If you are really limited on your budget, you can even use the imitation crab but this is one recipe that is worth saving for if at all possible.

These were a special treat for us that we actually at for appetizers. They’d also make a wonderful main course if served with some savory orzo pasta, some crusty sourdough bread from Stick Boy Bread and a green salad.

Barb  

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