Poor Man's Crab Cakes


Economical way to make tasty crab cakes. Use whatever cheese you have on hand or enjoy to make these.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 45 mins
6 servings


  • 3 cold baked potatoes

  • ½ cup butter

  • ½ cup chopped bell pepper

  • ½ cup chopped onion

  • ½ cup diced celery

  • ½ cup milk

  • 1 pound imitation crabmeat, flaked and chopped

  • ½ cup shredded Cheddar cheese

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh dill

  • 1 pinch salt to taste

  • 2 eggs, beaten

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  1. Split and mash the potatoes in a mixing bowl; set aside. The potato skins may be left on if desired.

  2. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat; cook and stir the bell pepper, onion, and celery in the melted butter until they begin to soften, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from heat and stir the milk into the mixture; pour the mixture over the mashed potatoes and stir to combine. The consistency should not be too runny. Allow the mixture to cool completely.

  3. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  4. Add the crabmeat, Cheddar cheese, and dill to the potato mixture; season with salt. Lightly mix. Pour the beaten eggs into the mixture and stir to combine. If the mixture is too thin, bread crumbs or flour can be added to make more firm. Form the mixture into 24 small patties.

  5. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat; cook the patties in small batches in the skillet until completely browned and crisp, 3 to 5 minutes per side. Do not flip until bottom is fully browned and crisp; this ensures the patties will not break. Transfer to a baking dish in the oven to keep hot until all are cooked. Serve hot.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

403 Calories
23g Fat
36g Carbs
14g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 403
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 23g 30%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Cholesterol 129mg 43%
Sodium 855mg 37%
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 14g
Vitamin C 22mg 111%
Calcium 141mg 11%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 752mg 16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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