Maryland Crab Cakes Video

The secret to making these healthy, low fat crab cakes is the panko or Japanese bread crumbs. Panko gives crab cakes a crunchy crust because it absorbs less oil than traditional bread crumbs.


  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped celery
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 tsp minced fresh ginger
  • 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp whole grain mustard
  • 1/8 tsp hot sauce
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/2 lb jumbo lump crabmeat
  • 2 Tbsp finely chopped chives
  • 2 Tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 tsp finely grated lime zest
  • 2 Tbsp canola oil


  1. Lightly coat a skillet with nonstick cooking spray and heat over moderate heat. Add red pepper, celery and green onions and cook, stirring, until the vegetables are just softened, about 2 minutes.
  2. Stir in ginger, Worcestershire, mustard, hot sauce and evaporated milk. Boil mixture until it is reduced by half, about 6 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and let cool slightly.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine crabmeat, chives, parsley, 3/4 cup panko bread crumbs and lime zest. Combine the reduced cream mixture with the crabmeat and stir gently. Avoid breaking up crab pieces.
  4. With moistened hands, shape the crab mixture into 8 cakes, using approximately 1/3 cup for each. The cakes should be about 1 1/2 inches wide and 1 inch thick. Spread the remaining 1/4 cup bread crumbs on a large plate. Coat the crab cakes with remaining bread crumbs and transfer to a baking sheet lined with wax paper.
  5. Heat 1 tablespoon of canola oil in a medium nonstick skillet. Add half of the crab cakes and cook until browned and crisp, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer to a platter. Repeat with remaining canola oil and crab cakes. Serve warm.

Nutrition Facts

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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calories needs.