Chipotle-Sauced Crab Cakes

The smoky flavor of chipotle chile peppers gives the stir-together sauce gusto that complements the subtly seasoned crab cakes. To tame the spiciness of the sauce, remove the seeds from the pepper before you add it.

Chipotle-Sauced Crab Cakes
Start To Finish Time:
30 mins


  • 1 egg, slightly beaten

  • ¾ cup soft bread crumbs (1 slice)

  • 2 tablespoon sliced green onion

  • 2 tablespoon mayonnaise or salad dressing

  • 1 tablespoon milk

  • ½ teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning

  • 2 6.5 ounce can crabmeat, drained, flaked, and cartilage removed

  • Nonstick cooking spray

  • 4 cup torn mixed salad greens

  • Chipotle Sauce

  • Lime wedges (optional)

Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

  • cup mayonnaise or salad dressing

  • ¼ cup dairy sour cream

  • 2 tablespoon milk

  • 2 teaspoon snipped fresh cilantro

  • 1 canned chipotle chile pepper in adobe sauce, drained and finely chopped*

  • Dash salt


  1. In a large bowl, stir together egg, bread crumbs, green onion, mayonnaise, milk, and lemon-pepper seasoning. Add crabmeat; mix well. Shape into eight 2-1/2-inch patties.

  2. Lightly coat an unheated large nonstick skillet with nonstick cooking spray. Preheat over medium heat. Add crab patties. Cook for 6 to 8 minutes or until browned, turning once. Serve crab patties on greens with Chipotle Sauce. If desired, garnish with lime wedges. Makes 4 servings.

Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

  1. In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise or salad dressing; sour cream; milk; fresh cilantro; chipotle chile pepper; and salt.

Test Kitchen Tip:

Because chile peppers contain volatile oils that can burn your skin and eyes, avoid direct contact with them as much as possible. When working with chile peppers, wear plastic or rubber gloves. If your bare hands do touch the peppers, wash your hands and nails well with soap and warm water.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

359 Calories
26g Fat
8g Carbs
23g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 359
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g 33%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 150mg 50%
Sodium 712mg 31%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Protein 23g

*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.