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June 11, 2011 / Asimplemother

Crunchy Crab Cake Recipe – Simple and Yummy!

This crunchy crab cake recipe from Southern Living is one of my favorite.  They are easy to make and very tasty! And if you’ve made crab cakes at home before, they can be tricky to keep together…but these hold together well. 

Make these for a dinner party or a special family dinner!

I recently started receiving Southern Living Magazine and absolutely love the recipes and flower garden tips/ideas.  As an Upper Midwest resident, their recipes are refreshing and new.  A good change from traditional Upper Midwest recipes (not that they are bad).  I recommend checking it out.

Crab Cakes Recipe

1 (16 – oz.) package of fresh lump crabmeat, drained
4 large lemons, divided
1 (4-oz.) jar diced pimiento, well-drained
2 green onions, chopped
1 large egg, lightly beaten
2 Tbsp. Mayonnaise
1 tsp. Old Bay Seasoning
2 tsp. Dijon Mustard
1 cup Panko breadcrumbs (divided)
1/4 cup canola oil


1.  Remove any bits of shell from crabmeat
2.  Grate zest from 2 lemons to equal 2 tsp. Cut lemons in 1/2 and squeeze juice to equal 1/4 cup.  Stir together lemon zest, juice, pimiento, and next 5 ingredients until well blended. Gently fold in crabmeat and 1/2 cup breadcrumbs.
3.  Shape mixture into 8 patties. Dredge patties in remaining 1/2 cup breadcrumbs. 
4.  Cook 1/2 of the patties in 2 Tbsp. of hot oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, 2 minutes on each side. or until golden brown. Drain on a wire rack.  Repeat with remaining patties and oil. 
5.  Cut remaining lemons into wedges and serve with crab cakes. 

My notes:

Fresh lump crabmeat can be found in your butcher-seafood section of your grocery store.  It can also be expensive. Therefore, I used 1/2 fresh lump crabmeat and 1/2 canned premium lump crabmeat. 

Even though you use only 1 tsp. of old bay seasoning…do not skip it – it adds important flavor. 

I did use a little more than 1/2 cup of breadcrumbs for dredging. 

And, make sure your oil is hot before adding in your patties, otherwise the crab cakes will soak up oil.

I served the crab cakes with the fresh corn salad.



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  1. Casey / Jun 11 2011 1:44 pm

    Yum, this sounds delicious!

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