These have very little filler, and are very tasty!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
30 mins
total:
45 mins
Servings:
16
Yield:
16 patties
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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large mixing bowl, combine crabmeat, 1 egg, lemon zest, Old Bay Seasoning, chopped basil, crushed crackers and mayonnaise. Mix thoroughly.

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  • Form 5 ounce patties out of the crab mixture (should make about 16 patties), and chill until cold before cooking.

  • In a skillet, heat 4 tablespoons of oil over medium heat. Saute the crab cakes for 4 minutes on each side or until golden brown.

  • For the sauce, in a blender place the egg yolks, Old Bay Seasoning, lime juice, cilantro, salt and pepper. Blend for 10 seconds. Keeping the blender running, slowly drizzle the oil into the blender. Blend until sauce is creamy.

Nutrition Facts

499 calories; protein 26.8g 54% DV; carbohydrates 5.3g 2% DV; fat 41.2g 63% DV; cholesterol 141.5mg 47% DV; sodium 576mg 23% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/04/2004
As a personal chef, I may try a dozen or so recipes before I settle on one to present to a customer. This is where I stop on crab cakes! These are the best I've ever had. A better name would be crab burgers. Make sure to use lump meat because they really just hold themselves together. And the dipping sauce is wonderful. My husband made me make them two nights in a row! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
11/03/2009
At first I didn't think that anyone else had problems with this dish. I had to search through all 1 000 ratings in reverse order to see that others had my results too. The crab cake was lacking egg and cracker crumbs and ended up just falling apart. I used to make crab cakes fresh after catching/cleaning with my parents back home in WA but now in TN I tried using pre-cleaned store bought. I don't know if it's a difference in the fresh v. frozen texture or truly the lack of egg cracker. All I know is that right now I'm making the worst crab stir fry ever. This did NOT take on the cake form for me at all. Read More
(11)
173 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 119
  • 4 star values: 36
  • 3 star values: 9
  • 2 star values: 6
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
01/04/2004
As a personal chef, I may try a dozen or so recipes before I settle on one to present to a customer. This is where I stop on crab cakes! These are the best I've ever had. A better name would be crab burgers. Make sure to use lump meat because they really just hold themselves together. And the dipping sauce is wonderful. My husband made me make them two nights in a row! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/01/2007
I have finally found a winning crab cake recipe. These crab cakes are incredible. It has the perfect amount of filling to crab ratio which for me is you barely taste filling and all crab. I made a few adjustments; used Ritz Crackers sauteed a very small amount of onions/celery/garlic added a little cayenne and crushed red pepper. I mixed everything e except the crab meat and put that in last and just turned with a spatula so I didn't break the lumps. After forming the crab cakes I topped each with a little extra old bay seasoning. For crab I used Blue Star pasteurized lump crab meat in the packet it was very good. I have no opinion on the sauce as I like a sweeter sauce so I went with the Honey Mustard II another poster suggested with some adjustments it was excellent as well. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/17/2003
Great recipe. I found that you don't need the egg if you prefer them w/o. Forming the cakes into balls first and flattening once the first side begins to brown is essential. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/16/2005
These were great just as everyone suggested. I used two 16oz plastic tubs of crab meat chunks and combined with two 12oz cans of crab meat - all for under 10. I added a few extra spices for a bit of extra kick including 2x the Old Bay seasoning and a dash of powdered garlic crushed red peppers and pepper. I also added fresh diced sweet onion and red pepper to "hearten" the cakes for a main dish. Rather than sauting I opted to broil until the cakes were golden brown on both sides. The cakes held together fine and tasted perfectly; they even had a bit of a crunch. The sauce was a perfect compliment to the cakes - although be forewarned the sauce doesnt taste very well on its own. I highly recommend this recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/06/2006
Great crab cakes! A true "non filler" crab cake. Only thing I did different is added crushed red pepper (I like it Hot!) If you've never made these before I'd advise you to choose this receipe! ENJOY Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/11/2004
I've been living in New England for a year and enjoying the local seafood. Who knew the best crab cakes I've tasted would come right from my own kitchen! The taste of crab really shines through in this recipe (not like some I've had that are more seasoning than seafood) and the lime/cilantro mayo is the perfect accompaniment. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/11/2004
Yes these were good/great crabcakes. In fact had I not tasted the Ginger Crabcakes another recipe on this site that "takes the cake" (it is AWESOME) I would have given these a 5. The sauce was not so much a hit tho it did add a little "something" to tantilize the taste buds...just not worth the trouble or calories. The best thing about the recipe was that it did in fact have only little filler so what you get is crab crab and more crab. Refrigerating it as suggested is imperitive; otherwise they will crumble. Wish I could give 4 1/2. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/17/2006
Awesome!!! These were the best crab cakes that I have ever had!! I must admit I did make some changes I added about 1/2 cup each of fresh chopped celery and onion and about 1 teaspoon of garlic powder. And I broiled them for about 10 to 12 minutes and they were the most wonderful crab cakes! My husband and son really enjoyed them. (The celery stayed a little crunchy which my husband liked). Will certainly keep this recipe!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/14/2003
Loved them.. I made a lime aoili to go with it. Yum-Yum. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
11/03/2009
At first I didn't think that anyone else had problems with this dish. I had to search through all 1 000 ratings in reverse order to see that others had my results too. The crab cake was lacking egg and cracker crumbs and ended up just falling apart. I used to make crab cakes fresh after catching/cleaning with my parents back home in WA but now in TN I tried using pre-cleaned store bought. I don't know if it's a difference in the fresh v. frozen texture or truly the lack of egg cracker. All I know is that right now I'm making the worst crab stir fry ever. This did NOT take on the cake form for me at all. Read More
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