I’m so glad that I found this recipe from the Project Foodie blog when planning my recent Mardi Gras Feast. The resulting crab cakes were slightly spicy, but without too much filler and kept the crab meat as the star of the show. The recipe below makes about 6 large cakes. I recommend serving it with my Red Pepper Remoulade.
Oh, and those “two ways” I mentioned in the title?
As appetizer or light lunch …
Or on a fresh roll as a sandwich.
- 1 pound best-quality lump crab meat (not pasteurized)
- 1 tablespoon butter
- ½ small onion, finely chopped
- ½ poblano chile, stemmed, seeded, and finely chopped
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pure chile powder (like ancho, New Mexico, or chipotle)
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- ¼ cup mayonnaise
- 1 teaspoon Creole (or whole-grain) mustard
- Several dashes of Louisiana hot sauce
- 1 scallion (white and green parts), finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons chopped Italian parsley
- Juice of ½ lemon
- ¾ cup fresh bread crumbs
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, plus more as needed
- Place the crab meat in a large mixing bowl and carefully pick through for shells, then set aside.
- Melt the butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, poblano, garlic, salt, chile powder, black pepper, and cayenne and cook, stirring, until the vegetables are softened but not brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer the vegetable mixture to a mixing bowl and set aside to cool for about 15 minutes.
- Add the crab, the egg, mayonnaise, mustard, hot sauce, scallion, parsley, lemon juice, and ¼ cup of the bread crumbs to the vegetable mixture. Using your hands, gently combine the ingredients.
- Using a 1-cup measuring cup, form the mixture into cakes, packing gently; they should look like hockey pucks, about 2 inches thick with straight sides. Cover the cakes and chill for 20 to 30 minutes, or overnight.
- When you are ready to cook the crab cakes, place the remaining ½ cup bread crumbs in a pie tin. Dredge both sides of each cake in the crumbs, shaking off the excess. Heat 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot but not smoking, fry the crab cakes for 4 to 5 minutes on each side, until golden brown. Do not overcrowd the pan-fry in batches if necessary, adding more oil if needed. Serve immediately, with Jalapeño Remoulade.