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seafood patty cut crosswise and dipped in sauce

Best Crab Cakes Recipe

These moist, meaty, tangy, savory, perfectly cooked crab cakes will soon become your favorite, quick seafood dish to serve as an appetizer, a main course, or just to impress your friends and family!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
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Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 206kcal
Author Tiffany


  • 16 ounces lump crab meat
  • cup mayo I used reduced fat olive oil mayo
  • 1 large egg whisked
  • 1 egg white whisked
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh baby dill
  • ½ teaspoon salt or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon coarsely cracked black pepper or to taste (use only 1/8 teaspoon if using ground black pepper)
  • olive oil
  • tartar sauce/crab cake sauce for serving


  • In a medium bowl combine all ingredients except tartar sauce. Stir thoroughly.
  • Drizzle a bit of olive oil into a skillet over medium heat.
  • Scoop crab mixture using a ice cream scoop. Form into a patty (less than 1/2 inch thick), then place in oiled skillet.
  • Cook in pan 4-5 minutes on each side until browned and crisp on the outsides. (If outside is getting too browned before the center cooks through, just turn the heat down a bit) Repeat with remaining crab mixture.
  • Serve warm with tartar sauce for dipping.


  • If the outside of your patties is getting too browned before the center cooks through, just turn the heat down a bit on your burner and continue to cook, watching so they don't burn.
  • Cooked crab cakes will keep in the fridge for up to three days.
  • If you don't have panko, you can substitute regular, plain breadcrumbs or Italian style breadcrumbs instead.


Calories: 206kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 64mg | Sodium: 1075mg | Potassium: 223mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 152IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 1mg