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Easy Crab Cakes Recipe

Easy Crab Cakes Recipe

Ready-to-go crabmeat makes these delicate patties ideal for dinner when you are pressed for time. You can also form the crab mixture into four thick patties instead of eight cakes. —Charlene Spelock, Apollo, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min. YIELD:4 servings


  • 1 cup seasoned bread crumbs, divided
  • 2 green onions, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped sweet red pepper
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 cans (6 ounces each) crabmeat, drained, flaked and cartilage removed
  • 1 tablespoon butter


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine 1/3 cup bread crumbs, green onions, red pepper, egg, mayonnaise, lemon juice, garlic powder and cayenne; fold in crab.
  • 2. Place remaining bread crumbs in a shallow bowl. Divide mixture into eight portions; shape into 2-in. balls. Gently coat in bread crumbs and shape into 1/2-in.-thick patties.
  • 3. In a large nonstick skillet, heat butter over medium-high heat. Add crab cakes; cook 3-4 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

2 crab cakes: 239 calories, 11g fat (3g saturated fat), 141mg cholesterol, 657mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 21g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 fat, 1 starch.

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daisywilken User ID: 2737979 268653
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2017

"would anyone know IF you could substitute tuna for the crab? To me crab is sweet tasting I like it but not as a whole cake, just a stuffing in something else."

digitalbon User ID: 7670233 268053
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2017

"Followed recipe exactly. We loved them! Will make again and again!"

Nancy0859 User ID: 7181008 268005
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2017

"Very good easy recipe. Will definitely make again."

Christine User ID: 9144498 265969
Reviewed May. 14, 2017

"Needs a little kick! I added a touch of Tabasco and some finely chopped jalape?o. Some Dijon s well, a touch of horseradish too. Refrigerating before frying helps!"

DBoyer User ID: 427662 264409
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2017

"Would it be possible to bake these instead of frying them? I can't wait to try them, but I can't eat fried foods."

xlsalbums User ID: 5254917 249538
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2016

"Very good! I'll make this again....and I don't like crab!"

GiGilovestocook User ID: 7771176 249157
Reviewed Jun. 6, 2016

"They were good but needed Dijon mustard. And I'd never use crab from a can. Use Phillips crabmeat in your seafood section. It may cost more but there is a huge difference. Also shape the patties and cover them and let them firm in the refrigerator. They won't fall apart when cooking. Definitely a worthy recipe."

tsuop User ID: 6274346 249090
Reviewed Jun. 5, 2016

"Very good !! I did delete the sweet pepper, overpowering. The rest of the recipe is great!!"

PageRD User ID: 5881442 247858
Reviewed May. 4, 2016

"The flavor of these easy crab cakes was very good. Mine were a little soggy so make sure you press all the water out of the canned crab."

LindaCincinnati User ID: 8431987 246432
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2016

"Kimmyjo if you have a Kroger where you live go to the seafood section and you will find different types of crab meat in plastic containers. These are more expensive but better quality than canned crab. It is cleaner than canned too. Hope that helps."

kimmyjo62 User ID: 5881509 246316
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2016

"Would love to make these, but....I need some serious helpful suggestions as to the best and quickest way to remove cartilage from a can of crab meat. I have used it in the past to make a crab dip for guest and was so afraid I would not get all the cartilage out. Spent over an hour rubbing the crab meat between my fingers to try to located the cartilage by feel. Man, what a mess. I LOVE crab meat but am a rookie at it. Please anyone,,,,help?"

jbnd User ID: 1014342 241823
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2016

"Very good recipe. Our family personally prefers it without the cayenne pepper. This recipe also works great with canned salmon for salmon cakes (may need to add another egg). Yummy!"

tready2 User ID: 2509701 227867
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2015

"I have available here, fresh crab meat, either the claw, or the lump. So, there is more flavor in the crab meat. However it is a rather delicate taste, and you must be careful to not cancel out the flavor of the crab meat with spices etc. I used cracker crumbs in lieu of the flavored bread crumbs which I never use. Works better for me."

Ozarkagirl User ID: 5881259 227854
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2015

"I'be been using this recipe since it was first published in TOH. My family really likes them and I usually double the recipe so that I have some extra for the freezer to take for lunch. I have also substituted salmon for crab. I do not add Old Bay and do not think much of the ones who run down recipes without ever making them exactly as they are written first. You are not providing a real review and add nothing of value. Anyone can cook from the back of a can."

Myonedefense User ID: 8397572 227300
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2015

"Great recipe!"

nicki1966 User ID: 8116565 224331
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2015

"Super easy...delicious! I would make it again!"

er118 User ID: 8237796 221906
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2015

"I just love it."

sueEMM User ID: 5904237 219973
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2015

"Added a scant Amt of old bay seasoning. Otherwise no changes. Entire family loves this quick and easy recipe. Definitely a new favorite"

Kayakchic User ID: 7746825 218123
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2015

"Great recipe for crab cakes. easy to make."

[email protected] User ID: 1202636 217490
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2015

"Loved them! I took the recommendation of another reviewer and used Cajun seasoning in place of the cayenne pepper."

[email protected] User ID: 4677960 217053
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2015

"Best recipe for crab cakes is on the can of Old Bay. Best crab cakes in the world are at the Progress Grill in Harrisburg (PA)."

ArleneSperk User ID: 8082158 217049
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2015

"Everywhere I go you always find bell peppers in them. Peppers so overpower the delicate taste of the crab. The best we ever found was several places in MD- no peppers at all. In my opinion, less is more, no OB, Peppers etc. just simple ingredients to bind together : crab , lemon juice w /S&P,etc. The ones pictured look like hockey pucks, not the delicate mounds of crab meat we've had."

rebelwithoutaclue User ID: 4288906 217047
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2015

"No Old Bay? Can't make true crab cakes without OB!"

kckamargo63 User ID: 7981779 216669
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2015

"I made these for my husband and he loved them!"

donnaruth52 User ID: 7775764 216121
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2014

"jmhoesch, I'm with you on that one. NOBODY makes a crabcake like a Marylander. I live in PA now and nobody knows how to make a decent one up here. Md. makes the best, my friend. This is like a Floridian telling Maine how to cook a lobster."

scharmapicard User ID: 1854908 120123
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2014

"FIVE STARS!! I hate Old Bay seasoning and am so glad to find a recipe that tastes good and doesn't have it. Will make them often."

Ppricehend User ID: 4435885 120122
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2014

"4star food"

jmhoesch User ID: 7482375 59471
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2014

"Um.......where's the Old Bay????? I'm from Maryland and you KNOW we do crabcakes the best, gotta have some Old Bay in there..........."

annrms User ID: 2649709 55664
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2014

"Delicious! DH did have a problem turning them because he didn't use a "hamburger press" as I had suggested. Rather, he just hand formed them. That way they weren't compacted enough to turn easily. Otherwise, the taste was outstanding! Will make them again!"

Linjay User ID: 1514958 59577
Reviewed Jun. 16, 2014

"I made these and absolutely loved them as did my husband. Shared the recipe with my sister and her family loved them as well. Will be making these time and again!! Sooo good!!

5 star rating!"

Brianm_14 User ID: 7728345 206330
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2014

"Great recipe! To make it healthier, as of March 2014, the medical evidence (I am a biomedical scientist as well as a home cook) firmly suggests a reasonable number of eggs (on the order of 5- 7 per week) Is part of a good diet, and butter is better for us than most margarines. The enemy is trans fats. Olive oil, a usual, would be a better choice for sautéing, but this is a small quantity of butter per serving in any case. It might make more sense to make your own home-made mayo with olive oil, and not worry about the butter. Crab cakes will always be pretty rich in calories, so eat them in moderation and don't fret about using reduced calorie mayo which might have questionable ingredients. Bravo to Canadianangels for common sense remarks! If there is something to watch out for in recipes, it is likely excessive simple carbs and eating too many calories! Eat these cakes with a big, colorful salad and a side dish of Broccoli or braised cabbage. No bread or sides with carbs, and watch the sodium."

Peapod0114 User ID: 7145890 143297
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2014

"I thought these were really good and easy to make! They were zippy I wasn't expecting that but loved it. My six year old liked them but she prefers less spice so if I were to make them again for her I may not add the cayanne. Simple ingredients great taste!"

Simro User ID: 7459802 120119
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2013

"Did not have cayenne pepper so I added chilli powder, very tasty"

canadianangels User ID: 7392289 55580
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2013

"My European born and bred family loved these. While reading the other reviews, I don't understand the obsession with cutting out the egg yolk and calling that 'healthier', as eggs contain one of the most healthy types of fat (specifically the LDL cholesterol) which is necessary for good body function as well as essential for growing brains. Please, for all of you still hung up on the stigmatization of eggs as being so unhealthy due to the cholesterol content in the yolks, research this some more and learn the truth: eggs are very healthy and will help you remain healthy and strong.

Sorry for those annoyed by my PSA, but this fact has been known for years and it's my opinion that the war against eggs was waged to sell expensive 'egg replacement' products."

heidi2 User ID: 3661709 59470
Reviewed Apr. 21, 2013


susanbd21 User ID: 6190849 113205
Reviewed Apr. 3, 2013

"Question concerning the recipe: is there a way to make it healthier? I'm trying to lower my family's cholesterol, and my max for a main dish is 75mg. Can egg whites be used instead of a whole egg? The lemon juice probably helps, but it likely looses it's good qualities in cooking. Also is there a decent butter substitute? Something tasteless like olive or sunflower oil?"

wnygal User ID: 4723561 55578
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2013

"Excellent recipe and to MystiRiver, yes, you can use salmon. In fact I have used both canned salmon and salmon in a pouch. I also used gluten free bread crumbs. Next time I will add Old Bay."

cervinsky User ID: 2059709 86053
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2013

"Good, but I used real mayo...and Old Bay Seasoning..."

MystiRiver User ID: 6030489 55575
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2013

"Haven't made this yet. Could you use salmon instead of crab?"

MystiRiver User ID: 6030489 136550
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2013

"Could you use salmon instead of crab?"

LyndseyJPink User ID: 6991802 108308
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2012

"So Good! The only thing I changed was I put some Old Bay seasoning in them too!"

millievf User ID: 6989170 113202
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2012

"These were my first crab cakes that I've ever made and they were very easy to make and delicious. I'm making them again for today's dinner (Thanksgiving!). Thank you for posting the recipe."

kievangel User ID: 6792417 113199
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2012

"I liked the recipe. Since I did not have bread crumbs and red pepper at home. I substitute Ritz crackers for bread crumbs and used jalapeno pepper instead of red pepper. I ended up using 16 oz container of fresh crab meat from Sam's wholesale club.

Directions were easy to follow. Great recipe! Will definitely use it again."

donna914 User ID: 2673055 55574
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2012

"I thought these were very tasty & easy to make. The only problem is they were too small to serve a family of 4. Next time I will have to double the recipe."

nateturner User ID: 6567463 59469
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2012

"i really liked this recipe i didnt have cayenne pepper so i used cajun seasoning and it was really good i also used white onion instead green onion which was also really good my only concern is reheating them"

jrv333 User ID: 3043415 86052
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2011

"These crab cakes were wonderful!Sent e-mail to family to tell and make. We love to share!! The Best"

billt1620 User ID: 4998976 86051
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2011

"I didn't have any crab handy so I made these with salmon, a bit more economical than crab. Stayed together nicely and did not fall apart when cooking. My wife and I loved them."

jog4me User ID: 4074477 113179
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2011

"They were slightly mushy and had a definite mayo taste."

kathrynv User ID: 2077527 55663
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2011

"Do you think these could be frozen? They sound very good but I don't care for crab. I'd like to make them for my husband but would want to freeze the leftovers for another meal."

gmh1944 User ID: 2753846 136311
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2011

"These are really good! The only thing I woud add is 1/2 tsp. Old Bay Spice!


billt1620 User ID: 4998976 71194
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2010

"Delicious and easy to make. Served with a tartar sauce on the side. Recommended."

swtlissdrmwvr User ID: 4026485 148933
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2010

"These were very easy to make and really tasty. I got lots of compliments. I topped mine with a poached egg. delish!"

kitchenmouseof5 User ID: 3358765 63635
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2010

"It was good. I also used left over crab from crablegs. I was out of lemon juice but it still turned out good. My picky kids did not care for it."

akoehler79 User ID: 2893559 63634
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2010

"This was my first attempt at crab cakes. They have good flavor and were really easy to make. I had nearly everything on hand to make them and used left over meat from crab legs instead of the canned crab. The only problem I had was that they didn't stick together very well, but I will definately attempt these again."

chocolove User ID: 3231923 206329
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2008

"Sounds really good and I'm looking forward to eating them."

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