Crab Cakes Recipe
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Crab Cakes Recipe

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"My family really likes crab cakes but always thought they had too much breading and not enough crab. So I experimented until I found the right light combination," says Kathy Buchanan of Hartsville, South Carolina. "This recipe is so good, you can serve it as an appetizer or a main dish."
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:9 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 9 servings


  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup fat-free mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup soft bread crumbs
  • 2 green onions, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 cans (6 ounces each) crabmeat, drained, flaked and cartilage removed
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 6 tablespoons seafood cocktail sauce

Nutritional Facts

3 each: 139 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 94mg cholesterol, 547mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 17g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.


  1. In a bowl, combine the first eight ingredients. Add crab; mix gently. Shape rounded tablespoonfuls into 2-in. patties.
  2. In a large nonstick skillet, cook patties in butter and oil over medium heat for 3-4 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Serve with seafood sauce. Yield: 9 servings.
Originally published as Crab Cakes in Light & Tasty February/March 2003, p42

Light-Bodied White Wine

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

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katlink User ID: 6318166 89988
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2012

"This was my first time making crab cakes. They turned out pretty well. I used a 1/4 of a yellow onion instead of the green onions. I also used imitation crab and it did stick together for me. I will make this again!"

Tbone2832 User ID: 6180945 87014
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2011

"It was my first time making crab cakes. I used fresh crab meat. They were excellent. I will make them again using this recipe"

AlenaE User ID: 3342589 53913
Reviewed Jul. 24, 2011

"I used the canned crab meat and it was very watery and unstable. I had to add more bread crumbs to give it more consistency. I also added celery and red onion instead of green onion and it was very good. Still needs some tweeking but over all they were good."

Simply Red User ID: 1095802 46008
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2010

"Did not hold together very well after the first side was brown. Tried adding an egg and more crumbs to remaining batch. Recipe needs work. Was not very tasty."

Dgulle User ID: 2161992 38764
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2009

"this is the only recipe I use for my crab cakes, as we live near the water and always have dungeness crab when in season, I always use fresh crab, I do add about 2 teaspoons of "old bay" seasoning to the recipe. my family loves it!"

m_odonnell User ID: 1749042 87013
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2009

"I tried this with imitation crab meat and it didn't work out as well. The crab meat at my local store is $10 per 6 oz, so it wasn't economical to buy real crab meat. I think next time I will try to downsize the recipe to just one bag of crab meat and try it that way."

lahood256 User ID: 3468993 137629
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2008


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