Crab Cakes: Part II
A Kitchen Muse: 
Recipe type: seafood
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 10 cakes
 
A colorful and delicious crab cake for Lent!
Ingredients
  • 1 lb jumbo lump crabmeat (make sure it's the jumbo type so you will have chunks of crab showing)
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 Tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1½ tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 3–4 dashes hot sauce (optional)
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 3 Tbsp finely diced red bell pepper
  • ⅓ cup finely sliced green onion (about 3–4)
  • 1 Tbsp chopped parsley, fresh or dried
  • ⅔ cup crushed cracker crumbs (such as Ritz or Saltines)
  • canola or vegetable oil for frying
Instructions
  1. Transfer crabmeat into a colander then set aside to drain excess liquid.
  2. Stir together egg, mayonnaise, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce (optional), garlic powder, paprika and salt until completely combined.
  3. Add bell pepper, green onion and parsley then stir to combine.
  4. Gently fold in drained crabmeat until well coated.
  5. Once the crab is moistened, add cracker crumbs, gently folding until the crumbs are completely mixed in. Try to leave crab chunks as intact as possible. Cover mixture then refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  6. Form patties using ⅓ cup of the mixture at a time. When forming the patties, compress the mixture well, but don’t mash them together or they will become too dense.
  7. The mixture will be moist, but should hold together. If the mixture does not hold together, just add a bit more cracker crumb.
  8. Place a large skillet over medium heat then add just enough oil to barely cover the bottom of the pan.
  9. Heat oil until it is shimmering, then gently place crab cakes into the pan. Do not overcrowd the pan and work in batches if necessary.
  10. Fry crab cakes until golden brown, about 3–5 minutes per side. Gently turn the crab cakes as not to break them. (I use two spatulas to flip).
  11. Remove from pan then transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to remove excess oil.
  12. Serve with wedges of lemon and your favorite salad.
Recipe by A Muse in My Kitchen at http://amuseinmykitchen.com/2015/02/28/crab-cakes-part-ii/