Crab Cake Sliders

I do love crab cakes just about anytime of the year, but summer is always the time I enjoy them the most.   When I can find fresh crabmeat in the market, you can be sure these little beauties will be on the menu at home!

You may remember I made these sliders for a challenge I did with Epicurious earlier in the year, and for some reason I never got around to posting them.  So when I made more of these tempting crab cake sliders over the weekend I knew they had to become a post this week.

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Summers in full swing and what better way to celebrate the season than with this Seashore Sandwich, I know your friends and family will certainly thank you for making them.  For my sliders I made a homemade cole slaw and boardwalk fries, and my friends that was one delicious sandwich!   I used potato dinner rolls for my sliders but feel free to use your favorite roll in its place, the crabcake will still be the star of your sandwich.

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Crabcake Sliders
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4
  • 1 lb crab meat (wild caught) jumbo lump, lump or claw
  • 1 tablespoon. Italian parsley finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon. of roasted red peppers or fresh red peppers finely chopped (may be left out)
  • 1 tablespoon of sweet onions finely chopped (you may sub any type of onion you like)
  • ¼ cup of seasoned bread crumbs
Imperial Sauce
  • ½ cup Hellman’s Mayonnaise
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1 dash of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 squeeze of fresh lemon juice
Cole Slaw
  • 1 small head of cabbage - cored and sliced very thinly
  • ½ small red pepper or carrot, sliced thinly and chopped
  • 1½ cups mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt (or to taste)
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper (or to taste)
Boardwalk Fries
  • 2 large potatoes - washed and cut into shoe string french fries
  • 2 cups canola oil to fry potatoes
  • Old Bay Seasoning to taste
  1. Crabcakes
  2. Mix crabmeat, chopped parsley, onion, and peppers together. Gently mix them do not break up lump crabmeat.
  3. In another bowl add the mayonnaise, and egg and mix together, then add the sugar, Old Bay, Worcestershire and lemon juice, mix well.
  4. Add the imperial sauce to the crabmeat and mix together gently, add in the bread crumbs and work them into the mixture.
  5. Allow this mixture to sit for about 10 minutes, the bread crumbs will soak up any extra liquid so you can easily form the crabcakes
  6. Divide the crabmeat mixture into 8 small crabcakes
  7. If you are frying the crabcakes, lightly coat the crabcake in panko bread crumbs, and sauté in olive oil till golden brown on both sides. Place in a baking dish and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
  8. Cole Slaw
  9. Mix mayonnaise, sugar, vinegar, sea salt and black pepper in a small bowl, blending the ingredients completely. Allow to sit for about 5 minutes so sugar fully dissolves, then remix the ingredients
  10. Mix together cabbage and red pepper, then add in cole slaw dressing and mix well to make sure all the cabbage and red peppers are thoroughly coated.
  11. Refrigerate until ready to use
Boardwalk Fries
  1. Place cut potatoes in a large bowl and rinse well with cold running water until water becomes clear. Cover cut potatoes with water an 1-inch past potatoes refrigerate for at least one hour
  2. Using a deep skillet, heat canola oil to 350 degrees (use a thermometer)
  3. Dry potatoes in kitchen towels to get all the water off of them
  4. Very Carefully Add dry potatoes to oil and fry until golden brown about 5-6 minutes, remove from pan and dry on paper towels. (you have just blanched the potatoes)
  5. When ready to serve re-fry the potatoes for 3-4 minutes to get them crispy.
  6. Sprinkle liberally with Old Bay seasoning
Build your sandwich
  1. Place crabcake on bun
  2. Top with french fries and cole slaw and enjoy!


This time of year Lisa likes a tomato salad with just about anything we serve, cook up a few ears of grilled corn on the cob,  grill a few peaches for dessert and you’ll have a feast fit for a King!


  1. I love that you added the boardwalk fries and coleslaw to this yummy crabcake. The imperial sauce sounds amazing – what a great sandwich!

  2. This is a great concept – few things say “summer at the beach” like crab cakes.

  3. I love love love crabcakes! They are a weakness of mine!

  4. I’m loving that Boardwalk Sauce, some of my favorite things in that. Pinning this to my Community Slider Board.

  5. I had my first real crabcake in MD this past fall and had I know they were this easy to make, I would have been eating them a whole lot more and a whole lot sooner!

  6. Oh this looks delicious Dennis. I haven’t made crab cakes in quite some time. I just saved this recipe to try.

    I wish I could have the chance to meet you in St Louis but I’m travelling. Hope the conference goes well.

  7. I love crabcakes, esp in the summer. Never thought of making them for sliders, but now you just inspired me. Thanks for sharing, Chef Dennis!

  8. Yum– the best part is that you put the fries right on the slider. And I love crab. I wonder if it’s possible to get any halfway decent crab smack-dab in the middle of Tennessee. I’m gonna search . . .

  9. Dennis, your Imperial Sauce is the perfect binder for these crab cakes. So many recipes add too much “stuff.” (Which takes away from the flavor of the crab, IMHO.) This recipe is what crab cakes are all about! And… double dipped fries, plus slaw? Absolutely! Quick question… do you grill the buns? I was looking (intensely) at your photos and it appears they are (which would give a nice “crunch”), but I wanted to ask “The Chef” to be sure. 🙂 Bookmarked for future (and hopefully frequent) reference.

  10. I haven’t made crab cakes in years! And never had one in a slider – really like the idea. I definitely would include the red pepper in mine – such great flavor, plus it looks so nice. Super recipe for Imperial Sauce, too. Good post – thanks.

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