Yield: Yields eight crab cakes.
In 1980, I was hired as the chef for a brand-new restaurant called Café Sport, and from the first draft of the menu, Dungeness crab cakes were a centerpiece. I still serve the very same ones at my own restaurant, Etta’s Seafood, 26 years later. They’re the most popular item on the menu.
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Make Ahead Tips
You can shape the crab cakes up to 24 hours before you cook them.
To make mini cakes, shape the crab cake mixture into 24 small cakes, about 1 heaping Tbs. each. Cook the crab cakes as directed in the recipe in batches of as many cakes as will fit comfortably in the skillet without crowding, and cook 2 to 3 minutes per side.
This is the second time I've made these. The flavour is great and I like the fact that apart from the crab (which I can have canned in the fridge for months), it's pretty much all pantry items. My husband is a huge crab-cake fan and absolutely loves it when I make these, but I find it frustrating that they fall apart so easily when I flip them in the skillet (and also when we're eating them). This time I added some bread crumbs to the crab mixture, to try to firm them up (as you would with hamburgers), but the result was the same - nice and firm out of the fridge, but so floppy in the skillet that they were a challenge to flip. Next time I might try chilling them for more than the hour suggested. Or use all the butter to fry - I used only 1 Tbsp each time, that might be the problem. Either way, I'll definitely make them again. I agree with other reviewers that you don't need that many breadcrumbs - a half-recipe would be enough.
Wonderful flavor if a bit messy to put together. Also there was probably 2 cups of breadcrumbs left over. I would like to try a little less butter next time as they were a little rich for me. I hope it works next time I make these delicious crab cakes.
I made these crab cakes for dinner. While it wasn't soup I had difficulty getting them to hold together. Does anyone have any ideas as to what I can do? I did not use all of the bread crumbs. In fact, there were way too much breadcrumbs for dredging. They were delicious but I was happy it was prepared for a family meal. It would not be suitable for company unless they can really hold together reliably. Please help!
These crab cakes and the seafood sauce that was suggested were a big hit at my dinner party. I did not double the recipe and served 6 people handsomely. In fact, the menu that this was part of made way too much food for 6 people. The crab cakes were the hit of the night. Thanks.
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