Chuck's Crab Cakes

Recipe courtesy of Chuck Hughes
Show: Chuck's Day Off Episode: The Bartenders
TOTAL TIME: 35 min
Prep: 20 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 15 min
YIELD: 8 crab cakes


  • 1 1/2 pounds crab meat, de-shelled
  • 16 soda crackers, finely crumbled
  • 1 teaspoon mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh chives
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
    • 1 egg
    • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
    • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
    • 2 cups canola oil
    • 1 teaspoon Sriracha
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • Freshly ground pepper
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    You're sure to impress with Chuck Hughes' easy crab cakes served with a side of spicy mayo.
    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

    For the crab cakes: In a large bowl, combine the crab, crackers, mayonnaise, chives, mustard, lemon zest and egg. Mix together well. Form palm-sized cakes and place them on a baking tray covered with parchment paper. In a pan, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat and cook the crab cakes in batches, about 2 minutes on each side. Put them back on the baking tray and in the oven for 10 minutes.

    For the spicy mayo: Using a blender or food processor, beat the egg with the Dijon mustard and red wine vinegar. Slowly add the canola oil until the mixture starts to emulsify and becomes very creamy in texture. Add water if necessary to make a thinner texture. Add the sriracha sauce. Continue to process for 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper.

    When ready to serve, garnish the crab cakes with a dollop of spicy mayo.

    Cook's Note: You can do a plain mayo (without the Sriracha) and keep it for other use. The mayonnaise will keep in the refrigerator for about a week.

    Analysis for 1 crab cake topped with 1.5 teaspoons of mayo; Calories: 208; Total Fat: 13 grams; Saturated Fat: 1 gram; Protein: 17 grams; Total carbohydrates: 5 grams; Sugar: 0 grams; Fiber: 0 grams; Cholesterol: 96 milligrams; Sodium: 442 milligrams


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