Recipe courtesy of Tom Douglas
Chesapeake Bay Classic Crab Cakes
Total:
1 hr 40 min
Active:
30 min
Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Intermediate
Total:
1 hr 40 min
Active:
30 min
Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients

  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon seafood seasoning (recommended: Old Bay Seasoning)
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup peanut or canola oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon minced scallions, both white and green parts
  • 1 pound lump blue crabmeat, drained and picked clean of shell
  • 4 cups fresh bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley leaves
  • About 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
For serving:
  • Red Cocktail Sauce or Green Cocktail Sauce, recipes follow
  • 4 lemon wedges

Directions

For serving:

Put the egg yolk, seafood seasoning, mustard, lemon zest and juice, and vinegar in the bowl of a food processor or a blender and process until smooth. Gradually pour in the oil with the machine running until the mixture emulsifies and forms a mayonnaise. Season with the salt and pepper. (Note: this quantity of mayonnaise will not emulsify in the bowl of the largest size food processor. Use a medium size food processor, a mini processor, or a blender.)

Transfer the mayonnaise to a bowl and, using a rubber spatula, fold in the scallions and the crabmeat until well combined. Combine the bread crumbs and the parsley in a shallow container. Form the crab mixture into 8 patties about 3-inches wide and 3/4-inch thick and drop them into the bread crumb-parsley mixture. Dredge the crab cakes on both sides. If you have time, leave the crab cakes in the container of bread crumbs, cover with plastic wrap, and chill for 1 hour or more.

When you are ready to fry the crab cakes, put 2 large nonstick skillets over medium heat. Add about 2 tablespoons butter to each pan. When the butter is melted, add 4 crab cakes to each pan, patting off excess crumbs first. Slowly fry the crab cakes over medium heat until they are golden brown on both sides and hot through, turning once with a spatula, about 4 minutes per side. If the crab cakes are browning too quickly, reduce the heat. The internal temperature of a cooked crab cake should be 155 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer.

Transfer the crab cakes to plates, 2 per person, and serve with your choice of sauce and lemon wedges.

Red Cocktail Sauce:

1 cup ketchup or chili sauce (recommended: Heinz)

1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons prepared horseradish

2 dashes hot sauce (recommended: Tabasco)

1 lemon, juiced

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl.

Yield: about 1 cup

Green Cocktail Sauce:

8 ounces tomatillos, husked and cut into quarters

2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar

1 tablespoon sugar

2 teaspoons green hot sauce (recommended: Tabasco)

1 teaspoon chopped garlic

1 teaspoon mustard seeds, toasted

1 teaspoon peeled and grated fresh horseradish

Put the tomatillos in the bowl of a food processor and process until coarsely pureed. Remove the tomatillo puree to a sieve, drain off the liquid and discard. Put the drained puree in a bowl and stir in the vinegar, sugar, hot sauce, garlic, mustard seeds, and horseradish.

Yield: 2/3 cup

IDEAS YOU'LL LOVE

Crab Cakes with Tartar Sauce

Recipe courtesy of Tiffani Thiessen

30-Second Chocolate Cake

Recipe courtesy of Jeff Potter

Prize Winning Pineapple Upside-Down Cake on the BBQ

Recipe courtesy of Mary Odor

Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab Hot Pot

Cooking Tips

How to Poach Eggs Perfectly

Watch videos from Cooking Channel shows and chefs. Learn to prepare feature recipes and relive your favorite moments

On TV

UpRooted

7am | 6c

UpRooted

7:30am | 6:30c

UpRooted

8am | 7c

UpRooted

8:30am | 7:30c

UpRooted

9am | 8c

UpRooted

9:30am | 8:30c

Cheap Eats

10am | 9c

Cheap Eats

10:30am | 9:30c

Cheap Eats

11am | 10c

Cheap Eats

11:30am | 10:30c

Cheap Eats

12pm | 11c

Cheap Eats

12:30pm | 11:30c

Cheap Eats

1pm | 12c

Cheap Eats

1:30pm | 12:30c

Donut Showdown

2:30pm | 1:30c

Donut Showdown

3:30pm | 2:30c

Donut Showdown

4:30pm | 3:30c

Sugar Showdown

5:30pm | 4:30c

Cupcake Showdown

6:30pm | 5:30c
7pm | 6c
On Tonight
On Tonight
8pm | 7c
9pm | 8c

Cake Hunters

10pm | 9c

Cake Hunters

10:30pm | 9:30c

Good Eats

11pm | 10c

Good Eats

11:30pm | 10:30c
12am | 11c
1am | 12c

Cake Hunters

2:30am | 1:30c

Good Eats

3am | 2c

Good Eats

3:30am | 2:30c

So Much Pretty Food Here