Monday, July 6, 2009

Crab Cakes with Lemon Garlic Aioli Sauce

I have a couple of good "Fourth of July" recipes waiting to be shared, but while I wait for my photos to upload, I wanted to go ahead and share this one. I have been slacking from the blogging world all weekend and I do apologize! :) My husband and I both are huge crab cake fans and it tends to be our appetizer of choice when we do go out. I'm always tinkering with them at home, trying to perfect my own recipe. These were good, and definitely worth making, but they were no where near restaurant quality. I'm on the lookout, so if you have a crab cake recipe that you love, please send it my way!

Crab Cakes
1 small/medium red onion, chopped
1 (6 ounce) can lump crabmeat, drained
1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
salt to taste
ground black pepper to taste
1 cup dry bread crumbs

In a small saucepan, saute red onions until tender and lightly carmelized. Mix all ingredients together until well combined. In a medium saute pan, heat oil. Form the crab cake mixture into 4 patties, flattening slightly before placing in the hot oil. Cook each side until lightly browned. Serve with aioli sauce (recipe below).

Lemon Garlic Aioli Sauce
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon chopped chives
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl until well combined. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Source: Aioli sauce from


  1. We've never ordered crab cakes out...I'm embarrassed to admit that the only crab cake I've ever tried was from Long John Silvers! (I can imagine the mortified look on your face right about now!) I definitely want to try these!!!

    Thanks for everything this past weekend...your meal was delicious! Maddie was a HUGE fan of the jello :)

  2. Awesome with the aioli...yummy! Hope your weekend was great :D

  3. Rachel... pick a date. I'm taking you out for a real crab cake! You don't know what you are missing!

  4. i adore crab cakes thanks for sharing

  5. I admit I haven't had crab cakes in a lonf time- but these lookk great!

  6. I am allergic to seafood and can't eat crab cakes. I always feel like I'm missing out, they look so crispy and delicious!

  7. Wish I could help but I've only eaten crab cakes in restaurants. Your cakes looks yummy and I would love to try that aoli!

  8. All I can say is YUUMMMMMMMMY

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  9. I so so so love crab cakes. This version sounds delicious.

  10. This sounds really fantastic! What a great version of the recipe!

  11. Pop by my blog - my crab cake recipe is the result of about 10 years of tinkering with it.

  12. Thanks Cathy... I'm on my way now! :)

  13. We love crabcakes at our house too. In fact, I started a crab blog (, but haven't kept it up. I have several good crabcake recipes, but always looking for another. Here's one we really like; I adapted it from the Maryland Pavilion at the 1964-65 NY World's Fair.
    Maryland Pavilion Crab Cakes, Adapted by Judy
    1 egg
    1 Tbsp. Smart Balance Lite Mayo
    2 tsp. Grey Poupon spicy brown mustard
    1 Tbsp.chopped fresh parsley
    1/8 tsp. sea salt
    dash black pepper
    1/2 tsp. liquid hot pepper sauce
    1/2 lb.lump crab meat
    1/3 cup finely crushed saltines
    1/3 cup finely crushed crisp rice cereal
    1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
    In medium bowl, whisk first 7 ingredients. Gently fold in crabmeat. Mix crackers and cereal together in a dish or on waxed paper. Form crabmeat mixture into 4 cakes; pat the cereal/cracker mixture onto the crabcakes. Heat oil in small heavy fry pan; fry crabcakes until golden brown, about 3-4 minutes each side. Drain on paper toweling. Yield: 2 servings

  14. Yum - I am DROOLING over this!

  15. I love crab cakes and aioli so this dish made me smile!

  16. I've always wanted to make crab cakes. They are one of my favorites to order when we are out. Thanks for the recipe!

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