Crab Cakes with Chipotle Lemon Mayo

My family and I love to make crab cakes for a Sunday appetizer or for special occasions. Over the years, I have tested and tweaked many different versions of this classic dish, finally ending up with a recipe that we will make from now on.

Crab Cakes

Crab Cakes

Golden and crispy on the outside, light and fluffy on the inside, creamy sauce on top… you can’t go wrong with that. I pack a ton of flavor into the crab cake mixture, cooking down a combination of vegetables with Worcestershire, Tabasco, and Old Bay.

Lemon and herbs add a fresh aroma to the cakes, which are formed into patties using mayonnaise and eggs to hold everything together. I add just enough breadcrumbs to dry the mixture out, and then I coat the finished patties with even more crumbs. When they hit a pan of hot oil, the cakes sizzle until a brown crust forms.

Crab Cakes

Crab Cakes

The mayo on top is simple enough to whip up and store in the refrigerator until the crab cakes are made. The smoky chipotle flavor and bright touch of lemon create the perfect topping to dollop onto the cakes.

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Crab Cakes with Chipotle Lemon Mayo

Crab Cakes

golden, crispy crab cakes with a tangy chipotle lemon mayo sauce

yield: 16 crab cakes

  • Author: Kayla Howey

Ingredients

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Chipotle Lemon Mayo

  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • ½ tbsp chipotle powder
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp lemon zest

Crab Cakes

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 1 large red pepper, diced
  • ½ small eggplant, diced
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ tsp Tabasco sauce
  • 1 tsp Old Bay seasoning
  • 3 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp lemon zest
  • 2 lbs crabmeat (see notes)
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 ½ cups plain breadcrumbs (plus extra for coating)
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • ½ tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil for frying

Instructions

Chipotle Lemon Mayo

  1. Combine the mayonnaise, chipotle powder, lemon juice, and lemon zest.
  2. Whisk until incorporated. Refrigerate mixture until ready to serve.

Crab Cakes

  1. Preheat the oven to 250°F. Heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the red onion, red pepper, eggplant, salt, and pepper. Cook until the vegetables have softened, about 10-12 minutes.
  2. Stir in the Worcestershire, Tabasco, Old Bay, parsley, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Cook for another 5 minutes before removing the pan from the heat to cool.
  3. Meanwhile, combine the crabmeat, mayonnaise, breadcrumbs, eggs, mustard, and basil in a large bowl. Add the cooked mixture and mix well until incorporated. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  4. Form 3.5-ounce crab cakes, shaping them into round patties. Pour the extra breadcrumbs into a bowl. Place each crab cake in the bowl, coating each side with breadcrumbs.
  5. In a 12-inch frying pan, heat the ¼ cup of oil over medium heat. Fry the crab cakes until golden brown, about 4-5 minutes on each side. Keep warm in the oven until all of the cakes are cooked.
  6. Spoon the mayo over each crab cake, and sprinkle each with parsley and lemon zest. Alternatively, serve the crab cakes on a platter with the mayo on the side.

Notes

  • I use 1 lb of lump crabmeat and 1 lb of jumbo lump crabmeat. The lump meat is somewhat shredded while the jumbo lump meat is kept in whole pieces. Combining the two creates the desired texture for these crab cakes.

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