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Crab Cakes with Red Pepper Sauce

Rated as 4.59 out of 5 Stars

"Don't forget to have lemons on hand so you and your guests can squeeze some fresh lemon juice over these succulent crab cakes. --Joylyn Trickel"
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50 m servings
Original recipe yields 10 servings


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  1. In a large bowl, combine the first seven ingredients; stir in crab. In a food processor or blender, process bread slices, a few at a time, until fine crumbs form (total volume should be 2-1/2 cups). Add 1 cup to the crab mixture; mix well.
  2. Shape 1/4 cupfuls of crab mixture into patties. Coat both sides of patties with remaining bread crumbs, pressing to adhere. Place on a baking sheet; cover and refrigerate for up to 6 hours.
  3. Meanwhile, for sauce, in a blender of food processor, combine the red pepper, onions, mustard, mayonnaise, shallots, parsley, honey, lemon juice, salt and pepper; cover and process until finely chopped. Refrigerate until serving.
  4. In a large skillet, melt half of butter and half of oil. Place half of the crab cakes in skillet. Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes on each side or until lightly browned (carefully turn the delicate cakes over). Repeat with remaining butter, oil and crab cakes. Serve with sauce and lemon wedges.


  • TEST KITCHEN TIP Chilling these delicate crab cakes makes them less fragile during frying.


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The recipe mentions adding honey to the sauce but I do not see an amount. How much honey should be added?

These are very good. I put them in the freezer on a cookie sheet lined with waxed paper for 30 minutes before cooking and they held together just fine. I added crushed garlic cloves to the red ...

The crab cakes weren't our favorite but the sauce, after some modification, was nice. I don't know that I would be able to say that, however, had I used the hefty amount of Dijon mustard called ...

The Red Pepper Sauce was to die for. I substituted Jalapeno Mustard (Black Bear brand at Target)for the Dijon. Wonderful!

Super easy and made 10 small to medium crab cakes. I did have to add a little melted butter so they would stick together better. Overall, wonderful recipe and the pepper sauce is the perfect c...

I only made the sauce, but it was very good! I think a little less dijon would have been fine too.

Great sauce! I use this sauce with the "My crab Cakes" recipe from this site.

This was my first time making crab cakes and I was nervous because it is my bf's favorite. He said they are the best crab cakes he's ever had! I followed the recipe except that I added one cup o...

I made just the red pepper sauce with the Maryland crab cakes on this site. I was looking for a different topping for my crab cakes and love this recipe. It is the best red pepper sauce on the s...