Maryland Crab Cakes Recipe

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.

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  1. Lightly coat a skillet with nonstick cooking spray, and heat over moderate heat. Add red pepper, celery and green onions, and sauté until vegetables are just softened, about 2 minutes.
  2. Stir in ginger, Worcestershire sauce, 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 of panko and lime zest. Combine reduced cream mixture with crabmeat and stir gently. Avoid breaking up crab pieces.
  4. With moistened hands, shape crab mixture (approximately 1/3 cup each) into 8 cakes, about 3 inches wide and 3/4 inch thick. Spread remaining panko on a large plate. Coat crab cakes with panko 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 immediately.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size

Amount Per Serving

Calories
221
% Daily Value*
  • Total Fat
    10g
    15%
  • Saturated Fat
    2g
    10%
  • Cholesterol
    61mg
    20%
  • Sodium
    387mg
    16%
  • Total Carbohydrate
    19g
    6%
  • Dietary Fiber
    1g
    4%
  • Sugars
  • Protein
    12g
    24%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calories needs.