Adrienne's Crab Cakes

These simply delicious crabcakes go together in no time and truly showcase the delicate flavor of crabmeat. Serve them with lemon wedges and your favorite tartar sauce.

  • Yield: 12 to 24 crab cakes, depending on the size
Adrienne's Crab Cakes


  • 1 pound fresh crabmeat, picked over for shells and cartilage, and drained
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 scallion, minced (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce (optional)
  • 3/4 cup dry breadcrumbs
  • Salt, black pepper and cayenne, to taste
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil or clarified butter


  • In a bowl, mix the crabmeat, mayonnaise, scallion, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, hot pepper sauce and 1/4 cup of the breadcrumbs. Blend gently and carefully. Season with the salt, black pepper and cayenne. Mix in the egg. Form the crab mixture into either 1/8- or 1/4-cup-sized flat cakes, depending on your taste. Dredge the cakes in the remaining breadcrumbs, pressing to make the crumbs stick. Transfer the cakes to a baking sheet lined with waxed paper. Cover and refrigerate for 1 to 4 hours.
  • Heat the oil in a cast-iron (or other heavy) skillet over medium heat. Add a few crab cakes at a time to the skillet and cook until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side. Drain the cakes on paper towels. Prepare to devour.
  • For sauce ideas I'd try:
  • Basil Aioli Cilantro-Lime Tartar Sauce Cucumber Tartar Sauce Red Chili Mayonnaise Chipotle Mayonnaise Mustard Mayonnaise