Sunday, December 19, 2010

Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes ~ Worth Every Penny!

This time of year I like to keep special ingredients around in case of impromptu holiday gatherings! It paid off last after a busy day of shopping...our friends came over for dinner!

A pound of jumbo lump crab meat waiting patiently in my just a few simple steps...was transformed into 10 medium sized crab cakes! 

I'd say a decadent dinner for four adults ~ makes buying jumbo lump ~ worth every single penny!  Enjoy!

Carefully folding the mixture together ensures a HUGE chunk of crab meat in each and every bite!

A simple cocktail sauce made from ketchup, horseradish and freshly squeezed lemon is the perfect accompaniment...

I used crushed oyster crackers in this recipe instead of bread crumbs...

Click here for a true crab story from my earlier blogging days
Simple Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes

1 pound Jumbo Lump Crab Meat
1/4 cup celery, finely diced
1/4 cup onion, finely diced
1 tablespoon parsley, finely diced
2 teaspoons Grey Poupon Mustard
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tsp+ OLD BAY
1/4 cup mayonnaise
12 oyster crackers crushed (saltine crackers could be used too)
1 egg lightly beaten
Panko Bread Crumbs for coating
Oil +1 Tablespoon butter for frying


Preheat oven to 325.

Place all ingredients (except last two) in a large bowl and carefully fold together until just incorporated. Form 10 crab cakes, again being careful not to compromise the integrity of the lump meat.

Pour Panko crumbs on a dish and then roll crab cakes in the Panko, covering entire cake.

Heat oil and butter in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Saute the crab cakes until lightly browned on all sides. Set crab cakes aside on paper towel.

Once all have been browned, place the crab cakes in a pan and place in the oven to finish cooking through about, 10-12 minutes.



MyMansBelly said...

Jumbo lump crabmeat is the only way to go when making crabcakes at home. It's those little indulgences...

Clint said...

Looks really, really good!

The Food Hound said...

Haha! Love your crabbing story :) Lump crab cakes are sooo impressive and you're right-- it's an easy meal so it's worth every penny! Good for you to do impromptu entertaining-- I might work up to that someday :) In the meantime, my entertaining will remained calculated and planned!

Katerina said...

I don't know if I can reproduce such a thing here, but it sure looks mouthwatering. I am drooling.

Cindy Ellison said...

I need one of those right now! I might have to splurge and buy some lump crabmeat, if I do I will sure use your recipe.

Those look out of this world! Thanks for sharing your latest creation!

art is in the kitchen said...

This is luxury item # 1 on my Christmas menu! To be served only for distinguished guests and me, of course! Those big chunks has to be from the dungeness crab of the Bay Area, sweet and succulent! Anyway, this is soooo good can't wait to make it! Thanks for sharing, Happy holidays to you!!!!

Mary Bergfeld said...

I adore good crab cakes and yours certainly fill the bill. Most have way to much breading. These look perfect. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

chow and chatter said...

these look just perfect

Marc van der Wouw said...

Wow that looks really good....gonna try for sure....

Joanne said...

Mmm huge chunks of've got me in a daze with just the thought of these! Perfect for entertaining!

Unknown said...

Yes, I would like some please!!! OMG those look fantastic!

Syd said...

In the spirit of A Christmas Story, "Ohhhhh Fuuudge!", that looks good.

Mark said...

I don't think I've ever seen crab cakes that look that good. A serious favourite of mine.