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My Famous Crabcakes

Making crabcakes with my recipe is really easy and makes any night into a special occasion.  Whether you pan fry them or broil them your family is sure to love them. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crab cake, crabcake, jumbo lump crabmeat
Servings: 4
Calories: 342kcal
Author: Chef Dennis Littley


Imperial Sauce

  • ½ cup Hellmann's mayonnaise
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 dash Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 squeeze fresh lemon juice

Crab cakes

  • 1 lb crab meat jumbo lump, lump or claw, wild caught
  • 1 tablespoon onions finely chopped (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon roasted red peppers or fresh red peppers finely chopped finely chopped (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon Italian parsley finely chopped
  • ¼ cup seasoned bread crumbs or plain bread crumbs


Imperial Sauce

  • In small bowl add the mayonnaise, and egg and mix together well. Then add the sugar, Old Bay, Worcestershire and lemon juice, mix well.

Crab cakes

  • Mix crab meat, chopped parsley, onion, and peppers together. Gently mix them do not break up lump crabmeat.
  • Add the imperial sauce to the crabmeat and mix together gently, add the bread crumbs and work them into the mixture.
  • Allow this mixture to sit for about 10 minutes, the bread crumbs will soak up any extra liquid so you can easily form the crab cakes
  • Divide the crabmeat mixture into 8 small or 4 large crabcake
  • If you are frying the crab cakes, lightly coat the crabcake in panko bread crumbs, and sauté in olive oil until golden brown on both sides. Place in a baking dish and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
    If you'd prefer you can also bake them in a 350-degree oven for about 20 minutes. With or without the panko bread crumb exterior.


**If you are broiling the crab cakes, place them directly into a baking dish with a little bit of water in the dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. (when I broiled them at the restaurant they got a little butter on the top of each before baking)


Calories: 342kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 112mg | Sodium: 1300mg | Potassium: 268mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 255IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 79mg | Iron: 1.6mg