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Basil Crab Cakes Recipe

Basil Crab Cakes Recipe

I love crabmeat any way it’s served, especially in these crab cakes. If you don’t have time to dash to the store, substitute 2 teaspoons of dried basil for the fresh. —Priscilla Gilbert, Indian Harbour Beach, Florida
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Cook: 10 min./batch YIELD:4 servings


  • 1 large egg white
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 drops hot pepper sauce
  • 1/2 pound lump crabmeat, drained
  • 6 saltines, finely crushed
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • Seafood cocktail sauce, optional


  • 1. In a small bowl, combine the first eight ingredients. Stir in crab and cracker crumbs. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  • 2. Shape mixture into four patties. In a large skillet, cook crab cakes in oil in batches for 3-4 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Serve with cocktail sauce if desired. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 crab cake (calculated without cocktail sauce) equals 214 calories, 16 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 55 mg cholesterol, 568 mg sodium, 4 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 13 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2-1/2 fat, 2 lean meat.

Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.