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crab cake stuff

These days cupcakes are enjoying a tremendous surge in popularity.

red pepper

red pepper



In my neighborhood, you can hardly drive past a single corner without seeing a cupcake shop, beckoning you with a cheery awning, swirly logo, and irresistible moniker, such as “Sprinkles” or “Yummy Cupcakes.”



But you know what kind of cakes aren’t receiving enough acclaim these days?

butter melted

old bay

Crab cakes.

crab can


Hubba Bubba makes the best crab cakes I have ever had. Seriously.

la moutarde


crab cake mix

crab cake mix

Marylanders and other purists might turn up their noses at his addition of bell peppers, jalapenos, and Japanese panko, but just you nevermind those types.

crabby patty

old bay n panko

In fact, Mike’s crab cakes are so good, I never ever order crab cakes at a restaurant. They are always so disappointing compared to his.



Luckily, he’s letting me share his recipe with you. Now keep in mind that while I’m pretty loosey goosey with my recipes, Mike is the one who taught me that recipes aren’t necessary at all. He never measures. So I’ll give you approximations, but you really don’t have to stick to anything exactly.


Also, while it’s customary to pan-fry crab cakes in oil, we have found that we really enjoy them baked in the oven. They’re healthier for you this way, which means you can use extra dipping sauce. 😉


Take that, cupcakes.

2 shallots, finely chopped
1 small red bell pepper, finely chopped
1/2 jalapeno, finely chopped (no seeds please)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound jumbo lump crab meat
1/4 stick of cream cheese, slightly softened for easier mixing
1 1/2 t Dijon mustard
2 T mayonnaise
1 egg
1 C plus 2 handfuls panko crumbs combined with:
2 T Old Bay seasoning, plus additional for sprinkling

First, a note. This time we happened upon some really great crabmeat, so we used a little less of everything else in order to let the crab enjoy the spotlight. (In fact, we ended up saving some of the pepper mixture for garnish, instead of adding it all in.) If you find crabmeat that is good but not amazing, feel free to add more of everything else to compensate.

Preheat oven to 425. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and grease lightly with cooking spray.

Gently pick through your crab meat to glean out any pieces of shell. Saute shallots, peppers, and garlic until softened. Sprinkle with Old Bay seasoning. Combine crabmeat, pepper mixture, cream cheese, dijon mustard, mayonnaise, egg, and 2 handfuls of panko crumb mixture. Stir gently so as not to break up the crabmeat too much, until thoroughly mixed. Shape into cakes, then roll in remaining panko mixture.

Place crab cakes onto baking sheet. Your baking time will vary based on the size of your crab cakes. We did fairly large ones and made only 6 total. We baked ours for about 15-20 minutes, then turned them and baked for another 10 minutes or so, until both sides were browned. (P.S. This is a great way to do mini crab cakes to serve as an hors d’oeuvre. Much easier than pan frying all the tiny ones!)

I like to serve my crab cakes with dipping sauce. You can always buy pre-made tartar sauce, or you can buy or make cocktail sauce. I also like to really class things up with some Thousand Island dressing. If you don’t have any on hand, mix up some mayonnaise, ketchup, dijon mustard, sweet pickle relish, and — no joke — whatever condiments you have in your fridge and feel like using. It always makes a fabulous sauce that, hilariously enough, your guests will think is fancy.



  • Comment by Linda B — September 14, 2010 @ 5:04 pm

    Would you pretty PLEASE put all the recipes and stories into a cookbook one day fairly soon. I’ll take a baker’s dozen.

  • Comment by Emily Wachs — September 15, 2010 @ 6:43 am

    I second that cookbook request! You make it all look so easy breezy Hannah! I’ve really enjoyed making several of your recipes–esp. the tomato sauce–and the motivation to actually try them out based on your simplified photos of the process. Can’t wait to try these crabcakes too 🙂

  • Comment by Brian Duffy (CHEF) — September 15, 2010 @ 7:48 am

    Ummmmm, Really…… Ummmmmm….. We need to chat, I get no recognition @ all… First you keep him in cali, Josh steals my girlfriend & now the crabcakes….. Im on a plane peeps

  • Comment by Bette White — March 22, 2011 @ 7:47 am

    Being from Virginia I am a CHESAPEAKE BAY BLUE crab “type” but I have to admit these crabcakes do look fabulous. I like to bake mine, too and I NEVER order crabcakes in a restaurant unless I can see that they are falling apart on someone else’s plate. I might try this recipe because they do look wonderful and everything I have made from your site is wonderful! Thank you for your site. I’ll take a book.

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