Dungeness Crab Cakes Recipe

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These fantastic Dungeness Crab Cakes are so simple to make! These also are great served as the starter course of your meal.

Dungeness Crab Cakes

More of Linda's great Crab Recipes and Appetizer Recipes for more great cooking ideas.

Dungeness Crab Cakes Recipe:

Recipe Type: Crab, Seafood, Seafood Appetizers, Bread Crumbs, Oranges
Yields: 4 servings
Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 10 minutes


1/2 pound cooked Dungeness crab meat*
1 1/2 cup Panko crumbs or fresh fine bread crumbs, divided**
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup half and half cream
1 large egg, slightly beaten
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup green onions, minced
1 tablespoon capers, minced
2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
Salt and pepper to taste
3 tablespoons butter
Orange Sauce (see recipe below)

* If you can't get fresh crab meat, look for the pasteurized crab usually sold in the refrigerated case of your supermarket or fish store.

** Check out Making Homemade Bread Crumbs.


crab meatCarefully clean the crab meat of any shells or cartilage.

In a large bowl, gently combine the crab meat, 1/2 Panko crumbs, mayonnaise, half and half, egg, garlic, onion, capers, orange juice, salt, and pepper with a rubber spatula until mixture just clings together (do not over mix).

Divide crab mixture into eight (8) portions and shape each into a flat, round cake about 1/2 inches thick.

Place the remaining 1/2 Panko crumbs into a shallow pie plate. Working with one cake at a time, lightly coat the outside of the crab cakes with the crumbs. Place onto a baking sheet lined with either parchment or wax paper; cover with plastic wrap and refrigerator at least 3 hours or overnight (the cold will firm up the cakes so that they will not break up when fried).

Prepare Orange Sauce. NOTE: Orange Sauce may be made in advance and stored in the refrigerator until serving time.

In a large nonstick frying pan over medium heat, heat butter until hot but not smoking (add more butter if needed). Gently lay the chilled crab cakes onto bottom of the pan; slowly fry crab cakes approximately 4 minutes per side or until crisp and golden brown, turning once only with a spatula. If the crab cake browns too quickly, reduce heat. The internal temperature should be 150 to 155 degrees F. with an cooking thermometer. Remove from heat.

This is the type of cooking and meat thermometer that I prefer and use in my cooking. I get many readers asking what cooking/meat thermometer that I prefer and use in my cooking and baking. I, personally, use the Thermapen Thermometer shown in the photo on the right. To learn more about this excellent thermometer and to also purchase one (if you desire), just click on the underlined: Thermapen Thermometer.

Place the crab cakes on individual serving plates. Drizzle the crab cakes with the Orange Sauce and serve immediately.

Makes 4 servings or 8 crab cakes.

Orange Sauce:
1/3 cup low-fat sour cream
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
2 tablespoons fresh-squeezed orange juice
Dash granulated sugar or to taste
Dash freshly-ground black pepper

In a small bowl, combine sour cream, orange zest, orange juice, sugar, and pepper.

Cover and store in refrigerator until ready to serve.


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