Oven Fried Cajun Crabcakes
Tender Crab with a Cispy-Spicy crust. But it's NOT deep-fried so it won't wreck your diet."These were great. I used the fake crab meat because that's what I had on hand and since I was out of jalapeno peppers I added some tobasco sauce to taste. I did have to put it in the blender in order to get it to stick together. " - RKG1
Yield: 8 Ready in 1 hours, 15 minutes
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|1 poundLump crabmeat|
|1 red bell pepper; seeded & chopped|
|1 yellow bell pepper; seeded & chopped|
|1 tablespoongarlic; - Finely-chopped|
|1 Jalapeno peppers; - Chopped - to taste|
|1/3 cupFresh cilantro leaves|
|1/3 cupMayonnaise; - Light|
|1 cupPanko bread crumbs|
|Cajun Spice Mix; tablespoons, as required|
|1 teaspoonFreshly-ground black pepper|
Oven Fried Cajun Crabcakes Preparation
Pick through and clean the crabmeat of all shell fragments. Try not to crumble the large lumps of crab. Mix the crabmeat with the sweet peppers, garlic, jalapeno, cilantro leaves, and mayonnaise. Add the Cajun spice, 4 tablespoons of the bread crumbs, salt, and pepper. Mix well then refrigerate the mixture for twenty minutes. A cold mix is easier to work with and form into cakes.
Cover a work surface with waxed paper and sprinkle with half of the remaining bread crumbs. Scoop up and divide the crabmeat into 8 equal-size portions and place each mound on the work space. Shape into a disk-shaped cake approximately 3/4-inch thick. It is important for the crab cakes to be the same thickness so that they will cook uniformly. Pat each cake with bread crumbs, turning them so they coat evenly on all sides. Refrigerate for at least an hour so that they firm enough to cook. This will prevent them from crumbling.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.Place the chilled crabcakes on a sprayed baking sheet. Then lightly spray the tops of the cakes with oil to assist in browning. Bake them about 25-30 minutes until they are lightly browned and hot all through.
Serve immediately with a roumalade or chili-mayonnaise sauce.
We make these in batches and freeze them uncooked. Then we can thaw a couple out coat them with Panko crumbs and pop them in the oven. It's great for week-night dinners. Especially when you made them the weekend before.
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