Thursday, August 11, 2011

Crab Cakes

Paul and I have a new favorite summer dinner.  Crab cakes.  I know I don’t need to say much more but I’m going to.  These are so delicious!  I’ve heard that creativity is born out of necessity and literally that is where this recipe came from.  It started one evening after working late…I was roaming around the kitchen, opening every cabinet, the fridge and freezer over and over again wondering what we were going to eat.  It was one of those nights that I didn’t feel like cooking much in the first place so I definitely wanted something quick and easy.  I pulled out some canned crab that I had randomly purchased and started adding and mixing and I must say that the product was awesome.

The sweetness of the crab shined and the dill was a perfect compliment.  The Sriracha and Cajun seasoning kicked up the spice a bit but kept them mild enough for me. The outsides crisp up just enough and the insides of the cakes stay moist.  These are really good leftover and I imagine that they would freeze well also.

Questions today:
-What is your favorite thing to eat in the summer months?
-What are you looking forward to about fall?

Crab Cakes Recipe

Ingredients:
12 ounce canned crab meat
1 1/2 cups bread crumbs (I like to use Panko)
1 tsp. Sriracha (more to taste)
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. onion powder (or 1 chopped green onion)
1/2 tsp. dried parsley
1 tsp. dried dill
1 tsp. Cajun seasoning*
2 Tbs. cream cheese
1/4 cup milk
Juice of 1/2 a lemon or lime

Prep:

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.  The mixture should be thick but moist; feel free to add more bread crumbs as needed.  With damp hands, shape mixture into 6 medium patties or 8 small patties.  Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.  Melt 2 Tbs. canola oil in a nonstick skillet.  Add crab cakes and brown, about 4 minutes per side.

*Cajun Seasoning Mix

Ingredients:
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. paprika
3/4 tsp. oregano
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

Mix all ingredients together and store in an airtight container for up to three months.

 

26 Responses to “Crab Cakes”

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    *Girl From Scratch — August 11, 2011 @ 7:35 am

    Looks great! I've never purchased canned crab because I was scared it might taste weird, but these crab cakes look restaurant quality! The bistro I work at serves crab cakes like these over greens and a mango salsa…I may have to recreate this dish at home:-)
    Also, thanks for the running tips. I HATE running but am trying to make myself run 1 mile on the treadmill after I do my workout on the elliptical. When will I start to like it???

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    Amy J. and Tiffanie A. — August 11, 2011 @ 7:40 am

    I love love love crab cakes too!!!

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    Ann from Sumptuous Spoonfuls — August 11, 2011 @ 7:43 am

    ooh looks delicious! I love crab cakes over mixed greens. and the mango salsa sounds really good with them too. Adding this to my "recipe to do list"

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    Alan Cooke — August 11, 2011 @ 7:48 am

    This sounds like a real HomeRun recipe. Wife likes Deviled Crab, I like Crab Cakes. Looks like I have a way to win the battle now! 🙂
    Great idea using the cream cheese as a binder instead of eggs!

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    Parsley Sage — August 11, 2011 @ 8:15 am

    Beautiful crab cakes! I can totally understand the little obsession 🙂

  6. #
    Michelle — August 11, 2011 @ 8:19 am

    So simple and yummy, I love that they do not have all the fillers!

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    Ryan — August 11, 2011 @ 8:25 am

    Yum! These are calling my name! I have been craving crab cakes lately and that these have Sriracha and cream cheese and panko?? Awesome!

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    meeshiesmom — August 11, 2011 @ 9:08 am

    We love crab cakes. I'm not a fan of canned crab but rinsed well (and in a pinch) it can work well. My girlfriend makes a great crab cake mac and cheese that you have reminded me that I need to make.
    Karen

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    The Mom Chef — August 11, 2011 @ 9:46 am

    I adore crab cakes and am impressed that you were able to create this delicious recipe on the fly! As far as my favorite summer treat; anything tomatoes. Fresh garden tomatoes. 🙂

  10. #
    Bev Weidner — August 11, 2011 @ 9:57 am

    Crab cakes rule my life. They do.

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    Kate@Diethood — August 11, 2011 @ 10:25 am

    Yummmmm…haven't had crab cakes in a while…love them!!

    I am looking forward to cooking/baking in the fall because I have a quince tree, an apple tree, and a pear tree in my backyard…can't wait to create some deliciousness! 🙂

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    RavieNomNoms — August 11, 2011 @ 12:16 pm

    Crab cakes are by far one of my most favorite things on this planet. I always get teased that if there are crab cakes on the menu I will ALWAYS get them…but they are just so darn good. How could you not?

    Yours look amazing!

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    Erin — August 11, 2011 @ 3:35 pm

    I am not a fan of crab, but I make shrimp cakes, and they are yummy! I wish I could come up with something like this when I was in need of a quick dinner. I am in a rut and need to get out of it!

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    DD — August 11, 2011 @ 4:35 pm
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    Lizzy — August 11, 2011 @ 5:34 pm

    Oh, your crab cakes sound marvelous!!! I love making anything with garden tomatoes or fresh peaches in the summer…then dream about this produce the rest of the year!

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    sugarfooteats.com — August 11, 2011 @ 6:10 pm

    The fall! I love everything about the fall!! The weather….the clothes…PUMPKIN SPICE LATTES! 'Nuff said. 😉

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    Dawnie — August 11, 2011 @ 6:53 pm

    Yum the crab cakes look fantastic! I cant wait to try them. Thanks for sharing!
    Cheers,
    Dawnie

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    Anne@frommysweetheart — August 11, 2011 @ 7:51 pm

    Cassie…You are such a whiz in the kitchen! I don't think I could make crabcakes without following a recipe! Good thing I now have yours! I can just imagine how sweet and crispy they are! They look wonderful. The thing I love best about summer is watermelon. There is no other time of year that you can get it and have it taste so perfect. I'm looking forward to fall's soups and stews. (And of course, my birthday in October!) : )

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    Ann — August 11, 2011 @ 11:44 pm

    These crab cakes are absolutely amazing – beautiful and the recipe is terrific! Unfortunately, I'm deathly allergic to crab…which is too bad because I love it! I make them now with chicken!

    My favorite food part of summer is the amazing variety of fruits and veggies.

    I love soups and breads in the fall, but am jealous of all the baked goods with my cinnamon allergy. But I make up for it in soups!

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    Nami | Just One Cookbook — August 12, 2011 @ 12:11 am

    I love your crab cake recipe Cassie! I never add Sriracha sauce. Good idea! Homemade is the best! Your pictures of crab cakes look so delicious – now I want to eat some! 🙂

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    Ruth — August 12, 2011 @ 4:41 am

    I love crab cakes – and these look delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  22. #
    Erin — August 12, 2011 @ 9:21 am

    Hey – stop by and check out my post for today. I tagged you in a game!

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    kita — August 12, 2011 @ 3:17 pm

    My favorite thing to eat in the summer? Oh, burgers. My carnivorous side never sleeps. But crab cakes are a delicious treat. I've had some crab I've been wanting to turn into little cakes for a while now, maybe it's time for that to happen 😉

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    CJ @ http://healthy-happy-whole.com/ — August 12, 2011 @ 7:57 pm

    Omg crabcakes are one of my favorite favorite meals! I love anything fresh in the summer but I do enjoy a good homemade burger on the grill with some baked sweet potato! And of course lots of ketchup! Yummy 🙂

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    kitchenarian — August 12, 2011 @ 9:43 pm

    These look perfect!

  26. #
    Catherine — August 12, 2011 @ 11:09 pm

    Crab cakes are an all-time favorite. These yell summer. Blessings, Catherine

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