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This is my humble take on Maryland-Style Crab Cakes. It's a very simple recipe, as some of the best are, and can be made in a short amount of time. It uses minimal ingredients essential to holding the crab cakes together and that complement the crab, while omitting those that would overpower the crabs delicate sweet flavor. Bread is used as the filler, rather than bread or cracker crumbs, allowing for a lighter crab cake--so light they barely hold together. (To my mind, the best crab cakes have barely any filler other than lump crab meat and are satueed or grilled rather than fried.) The Remoulade is a mayonnaise loaded up with flavor...a spicy Cajun/Creole sauce that's perfect with crab cakes, shrimp, fried appetizers and many other foods.
"Loved these! I have made several crab cakes and have yet to find my go to - until now! Loved the remoulade sauce as well. However, I didn't use it on my crab - loved the flavor without. My partner loved the crab cakes and the sauce! I am very excited to have found this recipe. At first I was a little worried about it staying together during the sauté... but it came through like a champ... you do have to be careful! But, I agree... using the minimum amount to make sure it sticks together is a great thing. Perfect recipe and I will make this over, and over and over again!"- Buchanmi
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Place crab meat in a sieve to drain. Gently squeeze out any excess liquid while simultaneously combing through for any remaining cartilage or shell, being careful not to break up the lumps of crabmeat.
Beat the egg in a bowl. Remove the crusts from the bread and break the slices into small pieces. Add to the egg. Mix in the mayonnaise, mustard, Old Bay seasoning, and parsley, and beat well.
Place the crabmeat in a bowl and pour the egg mixture over the top. Gently toss or fold the ingredients together until thoroughly mixed, try not to break up the lumps of crabmeat. Gently form the cakes by hand into 6 large flattened rounds about 4-inches in diameter and 1- to 1 1/4-inches thick. Do not compact the mixture too much. The cakes should be as loose as possible, yet still hold their shape. Place crab cakes on a tray or platter lined with wax paper, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour (can be refrigerated up to 24 hours), before cooking to allow the binding to absorb some moisture so that the cakes hold together better.
While crab cakes refrigerate, prepare Remoulade. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk the egg yolks and mustard until they are well blended. Continue whisking and slowly add the oil by pouring it down the side of the bowl in a thin stream. Once all the oil is added, whisk in the hot sauce, Worcestershire, lemon juice, kosher salt, and white pepper until well incorporated. Mix in the capers, shallots, tarragon, parsley, and 1 teaspoon of the red bell pepper until blended. Refrigerate the sauce for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to blend.
Saute crab cakes: Heat a generous amount of clarified butter and peanut oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking. Gently lay chilled crab cakes into skillet, and saute, carefully turning once, until outsides are golden brown, about 4 minutes per side.
Or Fry: Pour oil into a heavy skillet to a depth of 1- to 2-imches. Heat oil over medium-high heat to between 350 and 375 degrees F.. Carefully lay crab cakes into the hot oil and fry, a few at a time, until a golden brown, about 3 to 4 minutes per side. Remove with a slotted utensil to paper towels to drain briefly.
Or Broil: Place crab cakes on a lightly oiled baking sheet. Place under a preheated broiler, 4- to 6-inches away from heat source, until golden browned, turning to cook evenly, about 4 to 5 minutes on each side.
Serve at once with Remoulade on the side. (Other possible crab cake condiments include; hollandaise sauce, mustard, ketchup, tarter sauce, cocktail sauce or just a squeeze of lemon.)
To make the Remoulade in a food processor, place the yolks and mustard in the bowl and start the machine running. Dribble the garlic oil in through the feed tube; on some models of food processors you can leave the white insert in the tube - it has a small hole in the bottom that makes the oil dribble in at the perfect rate. When the oil has been incorporated, add the rest of the ingredients and pulse very briefly to blend.
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ZenaUBugn 4 months agoFirst time in life making crab cakes and these were excellent!! I didn't even need/make the sauce as they were superb on their own! These will DEF be added to rotation!
casey80997 6 months agoVery easy and delicious. First time I've tried to make crab cakes, and these turned out very good!
aphilbeck8 7 months agoOH! OH! OH! SO GOOD! Really enjoyed making these for my family. They enjoyed it too.
Buchanmi 7 months agoLoved these! I have made several crab cakes and have yet to find my go to - until now! Loved the remoulade sauce as well. However, I didn't use it on my crab - loved the flavor without. My partner loved the crab cakes and the sauce! I am very excited to have found this recipe. At first I was a little worried about it staying together during the sauté... but it came through like a champ... you do have to be careful! But, I agree... using the minimum amount to make sure it sticks together is a great thing. Perfect recipe and I will make this over, and over and over again!
Corwin26 7 months agoThese crab cakes are excellent! I found it a little tricky and time consuming to pick over and make the little patties but it was worth it! To save time like a few others I didn't use the attached Remoulade recipe and instead used the 'Simple Remoulade Sauce' recipe also from Big Oven. Great recipe, TY!
Ezmerilda 7 months agoThese will go into the 'Please do serve again' category. I followed the recipe, other than using imitation crab. Not living near the coast this worked well. Would love to try this with real crab! We also used the 'Simple Remoulade Sauce' from Big Oven, a hit certainly.
nsardo94 8 months agoAmazing!! Favorite crab cake recipe
mogriff1 9 months agoVery good! I usually use the recipe on the side of the Old Bay can, but I think I like this way better! I'm from Baltimore,Md and I know a good crabcake! I did not use the attached remoulade sauce recipe though; instead I used the 'Simple Remoulade Sauce' recipe also on Big Oven...I REALLY like that one. I did not refrigerate the crabcakes prior to cooking and they were just fine for frying.
Dibartolouisiana 1 year agoIt may be I just don't like crab cakes.
Walpa2 1 year agoThese crab cakes are out of this world! Genuine crab cakes that don't contain filler and are absolutely fantastic. If you are having company and want to impress, serve these and you won't be sorry. The remoulade is also wonderful and a great compliment to the crab cakes. Thank you, thank you, thank you for posting this!
SunnyFLErin 1 year agoI'm from Baltimore and this is my go to crab cake recipe. Except for the remoulade, because we don't use that in Baltimore. I've never bothered to try it. But the crab cakes are fantastic.
Walpa2 1 year agoSgrishka: Thank you for responding! I went on my laptop and the ingredients were listed there plain to see...i wouldnt have thought to do that as i always use my iphone without a problem. Will be making these for Mother's Day brunch. Your recipes bring me back to my childhood and are always fantastic, so thank you!
sgrishka 1 year agoWalpa2 — The ingredients are listed on the Recipe tab in the middle of the recipe page (next to the Reviews and Photos tabs). If you don't see the ingredients (and depending on the apps your using to view BigOven) you will need to open a support ticket or file a bug report to BigOven support...look under the Help tab at the top of the page. Hope this helps.
Walpa2 1 year agoAm i missing the list of ingredients? I want to make this as it sounds fantastic!
garyide 1 year agoWow. Dungeness crabs, doubled the eggs. Absolutely awesone.
chefhoward76 2 years agoFantastic! An excellent recipe for both Crab Cakes and Remoulade. The finished dish was impressive and totally delicious. It will definitely be a favorite.
Gbulli195 2 years agoThe best crab cakes as they have a lot of crab and not too much stuffing. Simple and very tasty.
jervette 2 years agoGreat!
Sabrown69 2 years agoExcellent! Everything came out perfect. I followed the recipe and it was easy. We have been searching for a great crab cakes and these were better than the restaurants.
CCheryl 3 years agonow thats a crab cake, thats what im talking about, Maryland is the best place to find the bestest crab cakes but i bet your kitchen is the next best spot, have a great day and keep them recipes coming, CCheryl