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Crab Cakes with Red Chili Mayo Recipe

Crab Cakes with Red Chili Mayo Recipe

This is one of the most popular appetizers I make and is lovely for a party. The spicy mayo is a perfect accent to the crab cakes. —Tiffany Anderson-Taylor, Gulfport, Florida
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. + chilling Cook: 10 min./batch YIELD:24 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-1/3 cups mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons Thai chili sauce
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice, divided
  • 1/4 cup each finely chopped celery, red onion and sweet red pepper
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 cup soft bread crumbs
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 pound fresh crabmeat
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

Directions

  • 1. In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, chili sauce and 1-1/4 teaspoons lemon juice. Set aside.
  • 2. In a small skillet, saute the celery, onion, red pepper and jalapeno in 1 tablespoon oil until tender. Transfer to a large bowl; stir in the bread crumbs, egg, 1/2 cup reserved mayonnaise mixture and remaining lemon juice. Fold in crab. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Cover and refrigerate remaining mayonnaise mixture for sauce.
  • 3. Place flour in a shallow bowl. Drop crab mixture by 2 tablespoonfuls into flour. Gently coat and shape into a 1/2-in.-thick patty. Repeat with remaining mixture.
  • 4. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook patties in remaining oil in batches for 3-4 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Serve with reserved sauce. Yield: 2 dozen (1 cup sauce).
Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.

Nutritional Facts

1 crab cake with 2 teaspoons sauce equals 140 calories, 13 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 32 mg cholesterol, 146 mg sodium, 2 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 4 g protein.