Crab Cakes

Do any of you like crab cakes?

There are lots of bad crab cakes out there so why not make your own? No canned crab was used in the making of this recipe. A truly great crab cake is made from freshly shelled crab. So buy some crab legs and get pickin'! Boil the legs in salted water. When you pick the crab keep pieces as large as possible. This recipe calls for about 3 cups of crab. Add 1/4 cup of mayonnaise.

Cracked 2 eggs and gently beat them.

Add them to the crab.

Add 1 tsp. of salt and some freshly cracked black pepper.

Add the zest from 1 lemon.

Then add the lemon juice.

Take several sprigs of fresh parsley and tarragon.

Mince it and add it to the bowl.

Add 3 tablespoons of sliced green onions.

Crush enough saltine crackers to make one cup of crumbs. I just put them in a ziplock bag and whack them with a rolling pin. This is a very violent recipe.

Add these to the bowl and then mix this thoroughly.

I love this metal ring and stomper. You can use a biscuit cutter or any sort of ring you have.

Place the ring on a parchment covered cookie sheet.

Put two big spoonfuls of the crab mixture into the ring.
Then press the mixture down with the stomper or you could use the back of a spoon.

Slide the ring off.

Repeat until all the cakes are formed and then refrigerate for at least an hour.

When you are ready to cook them melt some butter and canola oil in a large frying pan.

Gently lift the crab cakes with a spatula and add them to the hot butter/oil.

Let them cook on each side until golden. It takes about 5-7 minutes on each side over medium high heat.

Serve on some fresh lettuce.

And don't ruin them with store bought tartar sauce....make your own! It is so simple. Put 1 cup of mayonnaise in a bowl and add freshly chopped parsley, tarragon, 3 tablespoons of capers, the juice of one lemon, 1/3 cup of chopped dill pickle and 1/2 of a finely diced onion.

Stir to combine. You will never find a better crab cake than these. Crab, lemon, butter tarragon....heaven! I forgot to take a pic of the cakes with the tartar sauce because when a certain Blog Tech and his sister and their father got a whiff of these, they were gobbled faster than my shutter speed.

BTW....Teddy got quite a helping of the plain crab meat too!

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Crab Heaven !!!!

these look the circle ring and stomper...nice going...

john adores crab cakes too...
he had a special request for them for Valentines Day...I made them for him...i need to make them have inspired me...

Teddy got some crab that we bbqed the other night..john just tossed it on the grill and we gorged ourselves with crab, butter and lemon...

it's the LAST day of June !!!!

kary and teddy
Oh my....I have to stay away from your blog because every time I come here I leave starving. Your food always looks incredible. You should be a caterer. I haven't had crab cakes in forever and those look absolutely scrumptious! :o)
I love crab cakes but have never made them with fresh crab meat. Your recipe is inspiration to make them fresh.

Happy Day.

xoxo to "Teddy Loves Crab Meat"
It´s been way to long since i had crab cakes. Sooo tasty :-) Growing up by the cosat canned crab has never been something I´ve ever thought of using.
I have lots of shrimps in my freezer, do you think that would tase good? I´ve never heard of shrimp cakes :-)

Have a great day now!
Debbie said…
Would your family just let you come and live with me for a while?? Please?? Purty purty please??
faerwillow said…
~nothing compares to fresh crab...we used to crab during the summers and what a treat, now there are so many restrictions and very limited days that the season is grandma would make crab cakes for long since i have had one...will yet again be on my list to make...warm wishes and brightest blessings~
Guillaume said…
I love crab cakes, all crab-based recipes actually, especially coquilles Saint-Jacques. I will keep this recipe I think.
Anonymous said…
I'll go look it up but this is close to the Maryland Crab House recipe I copied years ago when we lived in D.C. Glad you posted it. I will try this one.
Pricilla said…
Mmmm, crab is hard to come by in this part of the world. Expensive too. But prime rib - cheap as heck. It's cow country!
I'm not a big seafood eater, but I do like a nice crab cake. And these look very nice indeed!
oh goodness... how I wish I could have a bite... fresh crab.. of course you would make them that way... if only this were a scratch and sniff blog....
Sharlene T. said…
Oh, yummy! I love crab cakes and refuse to get them in restaurants because I've had some really bad ones... this recipe sounds delicious and I've printed it out... still have a few months of summer left and gonna give them a try... phew! glad to see Teddy got her share, too...

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Nydia said…
I love crabs! There's a restaurant in Rio that have such wonderful crab cake... But I bet yours beat theirs!

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Mystica said…
You make it look so easy. Thank you.
Crab cakes are one of my favorite foods :) So delicious!
Jennifer said…
Those look so good and I am not even a big fan of crab. Coming to your blog always makes me hungry but I love all the delicious recipes. I added your blog to my blogroll/sidebar of my blog. I honestly thought I had done this a long time ago but I guess I missed doing it somehow!
Debbie said…
Hi Joyce! I even told my husband about these! I am thinking we need to make them over the 4th. I found something the other day at a yard sale and thought about you. I blogged about it so check it out. You probably already have them but if you don't...I will send to you.
I was recently turned on to crabcakes, didn't think I liked crab. Bookmarking this page so I can make your recipe! Thank you!