Classic Crab Cakes


Get the secrets to making rich, delicious crab cakes at home. This simple recipe has less filler allowing the sweet, succulent crab flavor to shine.

Classic Crab Cakes
Photo: Blaine Moats
Hands On Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 25 mins


  • 1 ½ pound cooked crabmeat*

  • 6 tablespoon mayonnaise

  • 1 tablespoon Dijon-style mustard

  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs

  • ½ cup finely chopped Italian parsley

  • 2 green onions, finely chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten

  • 1 - 2 tablespoon peanut or canola oil

  • ¼ cup unsalted butter

  • Paprika

  • Lemon wedges


  1. Place the crabmeat in a large mixing bowl, pinching through the pile with your fingers to find any bits of shell and to break up large pieces. Add the mayonnaise, mustard, 1/4 cup of the bread crumbs, parsley, green onions, garlic, salt, and pepper; fold to combine. Add the eggs and fold to combine.

  2. To form patties, on a tray, pat about 1/4 cup of the mixture into a 2 1/2-inch round cutter, then lift off the cutter, forming 16 cakes. Cover with plastic wrap, press lightly, and chill at least 30 minutes.

  3. Preheat oven to 350°F. Place remaining bread crumbs in a shallow dish.

  4. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a 12-inch skillet. Heat over medium-high heat. Lightly dredge both sides of 8 cakes in bread crumbs and add to skillet. Press lightly with a spatula and cook for 1 to 2 minutes per side or until golden brown. Transfer to a shallow baking pan. Repeat with remaining cakes, adding more oil, if necessary. Top each cake with a slice of butter and bake for 5 minutes. Sprinkle with paprika and serve with lemon wedges.


Look for refrigerated tubs or cans of pasteurized crabmeat. Matt and Ted recommend using a mixture of lump and claw meat.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

128 Calories
9g Fat
3g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 128
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 74mg 25%
Sodium 314mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 5.7mg 29%
Calcium 49mg 4%
Iron 0.6mg 3%
Potassium 144mg 3%
Folate, total 29.8mcg
Vitamin B-12 1.5mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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