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Crab Cake And Slaw Appetizer For Fiesta Friday #52

crab cake and slaw appetizers

crab cake and slaw appetizers

Fiesta Friday #52, a very special occasion and a milestone it has been one year, can you believe it, yes one year ago Angie@The Novice Gardener got the brilliant idea to have a virtual party inviting food blogger friends. We share food/recipes and get to know each other. I have not participated from the beginning it’s been about 6 months but I have to say this is the nicest group of people, welcoming, kind and generous. I look forward to participating in Fiesta Friday every week and I want to congratulate Angie on this auspicious occasion. Because we are all party animals and the occasion merits it the party will go on for 2 weeks, this week is drinks, appetizers, amuse bouche, we are warming up for the grand finale next week when we bring the main course and dessert. The recipes should be created specifically for the party, no re blogging unless of course you have a great recipe and want to share it again with new photo’s and write up. My offering this week is crab cake appetizers loaded with crab meat. Each bite size crab cake is topped with a little bit of slaw with an Asian inspired dressing. Oh, I can’t forget to let you know that this weeks co hosts are no strangers to Fiesta Friday, thank you  Hilda @Along The Grapevine and Julianna @Foodie On Board for helping Angie on this special day.

This recipe is from one of the older Martha Stewart cookbooks and is my favorite recipe for crab cakes. I have tried other recipes and always come back to this one. It’s simple and delicious, the crab cakes contain some bread crumbs but are not breaded there is no doubt these are made with crab because there are very little fillers. I love to enjoy with a crisp salad or slaw but they make an excellent sandwich also. This recipe is easily adapted you can substitute and omit without dramatically changing anything. I usually omit the jalapeño pepper and will often substitute onion or shallot for the scallion if I don’t have. You can freeze them after you fry if you don’t need that many crab cakes, just re heat in the oven they hold up beautifully.

crab cakes

crab cakes

Crab Cakes

1 cup dried bread crumbs

2 large eggs lightly beaten

2 lbs lump crabmeat picked over for cartilage (I used jumbo lump and what they called regular lump)

1/2 cup cilantro or parsley chopped

4 scallions chopped

1 red bell pepper seeded and diced

1 yellow bell pepper seeded and diced

1 jalapeño pepped seeded and diced

1 cup mayonnaise

Optional but I like to add a little lemon zest

salt and pepper to taste

oil for frying

In a large mixing bowl mix together the bread crumbs, egg, crabmeat. scallions, pepper and mayonnaise and optional lemon zes. Season with salt and pepper.

Form mixture into patties (will make 24 small crab cakes or 48 appetizer size). Heat oil in skillet until hot, cook the crab cakes 2-3 minutes per side or until golden brown. Place on platter or plate lined with paper towel or brown paper. Serve hot.

Slaw

1/2 smallish green cabbage- shredded

1/2 smallish red cabbage-shredded

2 cups shredded carrot

Mix all the vegetables together in a bowl

Dressing

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

2 tbs mirin

2 tbs sesame oil

1 tsp minced fresh ginger

Juice of 1/2 lime

pinch of lime zest

1 tsp honey or sugar

salt and pepper to taste

Whisk all the ingredients together, pour on the vegetables and refrigerate until ready to use.

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  1. Suzanne these look absolutely delicious and so beautiful!!! Love Love Love!!! 🙂

    January 23, 2015
  2. oooh love this i am seriously tempted to try it i would love the kids to like crab, I am not sure they have tried it and love the slaw idea with it too. I hope you have some left for me? hehe…Happy FF and so glad to have met you through this ❤

    January 23, 2015
    • They are so good, I love crab and lobster. Wish I had lobster meat would have done that too!! Thank you so much and I’ll save some for you,

      January 23, 2015
  3. shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com #

    Oh my – I have a sudden craving for crab for breakfast!!! 🙂
    Suzanne, my daughter was asking me to make crab cakes the other night – and I really haven’t messed around with any sort of crab meat before – but then you posted these! You must be psychic 🙂

    January 23, 2015
    • LOL, so funny. There seems to be a lot of party goes with crab cakes on their mind. I think there are 3 now which is great more to go around. Thanks so much Shashi it’s been a long time since I’ve had crab cakes and I had forgotten how much I love them.

      January 23, 2015
  4. Looking amazingly good, Suzanne! Stefano adooores crab cakes and he has been asking me to make them since … forever. A must-try for me! Thank You!!!😘

    January 23, 2015
    • Thank you Francesca, I know your aversion to fish so the fact that you would consider making this is significant. Thank you, a glass of Prosecco with the crab cakes would be lovely too!

      January 23, 2015
  5. I love crab cakes!!!

    January 23, 2015
  6. I love crab cakes Suzanne! This is a wonderful recipe and so delicious with the slaw! Making soon.

    January 23, 2015
    • Thanks so much, me too I love crab cakes. The slaw is a nice crunchy addition with the crab. So glad to see you, saw you post something today am on my way to check it out.

      January 23, 2015
  7. Hi Suzanne, with this wonderful recipe for your Fiesta Friday; one might think you were from Florida! HeHe-crab is a personal favorite and luckily for me abundantly available at our local Seafood Market. Bravo…Cheryl

    January 23, 2015
    • Ha, would like to be in Florida right about now. Thanks Cheryl. there is so much that you have an abundance of in Florida (including sunshine)

      January 23, 2015
      • Hi my friend, I would LOVE for you and Nando to be here to visit us!!! I hear snow in the forecast for NYC and area. If so, be careful. Sending sunshine too you soon! Cheryl

        January 23, 2015
      • Yes snow starting at around midnight all day tomorrow, then we are slammed again on Monday. Nando and I would love a visit.

        January 23, 2015
  8. Awesome, Suzanne! I love crab cakes and yours look delish!!!

    January 23, 2015
    • Thanks Stefano, how are you? So nice to see you here.

      January 23, 2015
      • I am good, Suzanne, thank you: work has finally gone back to something manageable and so I am back in the blogging scene 😉 It feels good to be back and to resume reading beautiful blogs like yours. Good to “see” you too!

        January 23, 2015
  9. Crab cakes! Probably on of my top 10 foods of all time. And yours look delicious!

    January 23, 2015
  10. Jalapeno in the crab cakes is a real “light bulb” moment for me… LOVE that addition! Especially for this party-sized variety… happy to see crab is still the star of these. The minimal fillers you’ve used sound delicious and seem to highlight rather than cover up the crab flavors. Delicious, Suzanne!

    January 23, 2015
    • Yes, the jalapeño adds a nice kick and great flavor. Thank you so much.

      January 23, 2015
  11. Nicely presented Suzanne.Hope you’re well. Have a Great Weekend.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

    January 23, 2015
    • Hi David, thank you so much. Hope you are well too and huge hugs to you!!

      January 23, 2015
      • Thank you Sweetie. Oh, if I were just 20 years younger I’d collect the Hugs in person. Have a Wonderful Weekend. xxx Humongous Hugs xxx

        January 31, 2015
  12. Great presentation!!

    January 23, 2015
  13. Suzanne, this looks delicious. I love that there aren’t so many ingredients that the crab flavor gets lost. I also like that the idea of the crunchy slaw with them. Great dish to bring to FF!

    January 23, 2015
    • Thank you so much Julie, these crab cakes are really all about crab which I love.

      January 23, 2015
  14. It’s a great party. Suzanne, I’ll grade you at a “D”… D-elightful, D-elicious, D-electable, D-ivine recipe! Mega-hugs. 🙂

    January 23, 2015
    • LOL, first time I was ever happy with a “D” I will grade you with an S for sweet!! Thank you so much.

      January 23, 2015
      • As I learned in school from a couple of English teachers who did not like me at all, “grading” is subjective. It was D-eliriously fun party. 😀

        January 31, 2015
      • :o)

        January 31, 2015
  15. I absolutely love crab cakes especially if they are made with our local Dungeoness crab. Adding the ginger flavored slaw is genius. I can’t wait to make it.

    January 23, 2015
    • Thank you Gerlinde. Love dungeoness crab that would make a delicious crab cake. The slaw works well with them.

      January 23, 2015
  16. These look awesome Suzanne!! I love crab cakes, especially with cold beer!!!! This would be great for supper tonight! 🙂

    January 23, 2015
    • Yes a very cold beer with crab cakes, love them on a buttered toasted roll with slaw!!

      January 23, 2015
  17. Crab cakes are one of my all-time favourites. Your recipe looks good and I love the idea of the contrasting crunchy slaw. Yum! 🙂

    January 23, 2015
    • Thank you so much. The slaw does make for a great contrast and the dressing seems to really bring out the flavor of the crab cakes.

      January 23, 2015
  18. Suzanne, your crab cakes are a hit here at the party. I love the tasty slaw topping which makes them look so pretty too. It’s been ages since I have found good crab to cook with, but I am inspired to find some, somehow. I had forgotten what I was missing.

    January 23, 2015
    • Thank you Hilda, and thank you also for co hosting this really special party.

      January 23, 2015
  19. This reminded me of my very good friend from PA. Her name is Jo. She worked as a waitress for many years while supporting herself through college at a local Baltimore seafood restaurant. One day she invited us to her house, not knowing that I am a Vegetarian. She made these fabulous crab cakes for the supper and I didn’t have the heart to say that I am a vegetarian and bring her the extra burden. I told my husband that I would try eating these. And to my surprise, I ate couple of bites and absolutely loved the creamy crab cake. That was my first and last time eating crab as in dish. Yours look really good Suzanne :).

    January 23, 2015
    • That must have been quite an experience for you and a real sacrifice tasting the crab cake. They really are good and although I know you never had again it was good that you can say yes I tasted a crab cake. I have done similar things when invited to someone’s house for a meal, nothing as good as a crab cake I’m afraid. Thank you so much.

      January 23, 2015
  20. Mouth watering! I need to drive over the hill to San Francisco for fresh Dungeness crab and make these stat. Any excuse for a road trip. Ha ha

    January 23, 2015
    • Oh yes, dungeness crab would be so good in crab cakes. I think any excuse for a road trip in beautiful SF would be a very good thing.

      January 23, 2015
  21. Suzanne – wow – these look wonderful. Good thinking posting crab cakes 😉 (And yes – great minds think alike!)

    January 23, 2015
    • LOL, yes crab cakes for everyone, there will be no shortage.Thank you so much.

      January 23, 2015
  22. I’m collecting Super Bowl appetizer recipes, and this would be perfect!!

    January 23, 2015
  23. Wow, these cakes look amazing! love to try veggie version using your spice blend. Thanks Suzanne… Happy FF…

    January 23, 2015
    • I bet it would be good with lentils. Thanks so much Chitra.

      January 23, 2015
      • Thank you Suzanne, will definitely give it a try with lentils then… have a fabulous weekend. ..

        January 23, 2015
  24. I love crab cakes! I will make this recipe! Thank you.

    January 23, 2015
  25. What a beautiful appetizer!! I love how beautiful the presentation is and that it has a little kick to it. Yum.

    January 23, 2015
  26. These mouthfuls look gorgeous. I love the colourful slaw topping, it looks good and it’s healthy too. Have a good weekend. 😉

    January 23, 2015
  27. firecook #

    That looks good don’t know how I am doing this I was just going through my emails and came across this .I have to see if I can replace a stack oven at college and maybe some places I know can donate .Nice knowing I can get these…Hope you are well.

    January 23, 2015
    • Thanks so much!! Hope you are well also.

      January 23, 2015
      • firecook #

        I am fine been busy with class homework, volunteer made a recipe on bread for 34 people salads ,done some (at home)cooking made a lime pie and soon ravoli .Trying to find some stack ovens as a donation for the culinary college just to help them out. I am surprise I that I am getting emails for my blogs. well have a nice weekend..

        January 24, 2015
  28. The last time I had a good crab cake, I was in Virginia visiting my Grandparents! This post brought back the greatest memories. Also, I love how you call it slaw! All my family does, but for some reason everyone in Texas calls it coleslaw instead!

    January 23, 2015
    • Thats funny, have always called it slaw, maybe it’s the Southern in me, well Southern Italian, LOL. Thanks so much. The crab cakes are great, loaded with crab.

      January 23, 2015
  29. Oh yum! And yum again, Suzanne! There is nothing like crab cakes to make me feel celebratory. I love the addition of the slaw for some crunch and freshness against the richness of the crab! Happy First Anniversary to you! Here’s to many more delicious FF’s! 😀

    January 23, 2015
    • Thank you so much I thought the confetti like slaw would be very festive atop the crab. Happy FF to you too!

      January 23, 2015
  30. talkavino #

    Suzanne, so today I figured out that somehow I stopped following you – all of a sudden, WordPress offered me to follow up, and I couldn’t understand what the hell happened! And honestly, I kept wondering why I don’t see your posts in my feed – now I understand why 😦 Anyway, I’m back! and crab cakes look delicious!

    January 23, 2015
    • That has happened to me on multiple occasions, blogs I follow are just dropped. So glad to see you thank you so much for re following.

      January 23, 2015
  31. And fiesta it is… these cakes look amazing. You have outdone yourself this time girl.

    January 23, 2015
  32. So delicious. And so different from LOVE IN THE KITCHEN ♥. What a coincidence. I’ve just been in and pinned. And doing the same with yours. Never normally eat crab. Anyway, enjoy the fiesta. Must remember to congrat Angie!

    January 23, 2015
    • I know when I saw Lindy’s crab cakes I had to smile, we were thinking along the same lines. Thanks Johnny!

      January 23, 2015
  33. Wow, what a treat Suzanne, love crab cakes, and there seems to be more than one at today’s FF anniversary celebration. Loving all the flavors and crunch in yours. Happy FF!

    January 23, 2015
    • I think there are 3 or more crab cakes at the party, crab for everyone. Thanks so much Loretta.

      January 23, 2015
  34. CC #

    My brother brought over crab cakes on Christmas Eve and cooked them here and we were all in heaven! Sounds like yours are very similar, and I love the way you dressed them! Crab is so delicious, and if crab cakes are done well, even more so! I don’t know how you are so prolific in your blog recipes, Suzanne! I’m always so impressed! Good work!

    January 23, 2015
    • Thats so kind of you, thank you so much, prolific, well I could only hope to be. I do love crab cakes, don’t make them very often but they are a wonderful treat.

      January 24, 2015
  35. This look delicious and I’m a huge fan of Crab Cakes, Suzanne 🙂

    January 23, 2015
  36. I always associate crab cakes with high society, yours look so gourmet, now I know why I do that 😀

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

    January 24, 2015
  37. skd #

    The crab cakes look super yummy Suzanne. I am lining up at your counter. Please save a few for me 😋👍

    January 24, 2015
    • Thank you so much, will make sure there are some for you.

      January 24, 2015
      • skd #

        ☺💕

        January 24, 2015
  38. ooh these look super yummy, and definitely perfect for this party! I love the presentation too

    January 24, 2015
    • Thanks so much Michelle. I love little bite size portions of food.

      January 24, 2015
  39. Suzanne, I love crab cakes and these look and sound so delicious. There are a few offerings that I am not budging from and this is one of them! Angie really has done an amazing thing with Fiesta Friday, hasn’t she? It’s been great on so many levels getting to know people like you whom I would not have got to know, otherwise! Happy Fiesta Friday x

    January 24, 2015
    • It’s so true Selma, I am so thankful to have met you and so many other wonderful people and all because of Angie’s brilliant and creative idea. It’s so much fun, and I gain inspiration from everyone and look forward to every Friday because I know I will get to see my friends and fellow bloggers. Thank you so much!

      January 24, 2015
  40. Hi Suzanne, crab is my favorite of all fish and shell fish. I agree blogging is such a wonderful way to reach out and feel connected with others that have similar interests. I am very grateful I have “met you” and your fiesta Friday group.

    January 24, 2015
    • Thanks Cheri, so glad to have met you also. I feel so lucky to have met so many wonderful people through blogging.

      January 24, 2015
  41. Oh wow! These look to die for!! I love a good crab cake and these just look amazing. Thanks so much for bringing them to the party 😀

    January 24, 2015
    • Thank you, me too, love crab cakes I need to make them more often.

      January 25, 2015
  42. I love crab, Suzanne… but don’t get to eat it nearly enough! These crab cakes sound so very delicious and perfect for Angie’s FF celebrations! 🙂

    January 25, 2015
    • Thanks Margot, me too I make these once a year at best and don’t know as they are really good.

      January 25, 2015
  43. Wow: I’m so hungry looking at these!

    January 25, 2015
  44. Liz #

    Love crab cakes! These look amazing. Now I’m wondering why I don’t eat crab cakes more often. They’ve only been a restaurant order up to this point, but that should change. Thanks for posting this 🙂

    January 25, 2015
    • Thanks Liz I wonder the same thing myself, they are easy to make and taste delicious but make them really infrequently.

      January 25, 2015
  45. These look great, Suzanne, and what a fabulous photo. Did you take it? If so, you are definitely rocking your New Year’s plan to up the ante on your already lovely pictures. Go you!!

    January 25, 2015
    • Wow, thanks for the compliment, yes that would be me with my trusty iPhone. I really want to start learning how to use my camera. Thanks so much Em.

      January 25, 2015
  46. petra08 #

    I love crab cakes but they can be a bit disappointing when you order them in restaurants. They should all read your blog and make them like this! I would order them any time! And of course make them myself, recipe saved and I can’t wait to try them. The pepper and jalapeño in there as well, oh! 🙂 Happy FF!

    January 25, 2015
    • I know what you mean, they are so heavily breaded and filled with stuff you can barely find any crab. These are all crab, very little filler except for some vegetables. Thanks Petra.

      January 25, 2015
  47. Sue #

    Hi Suzanne, thanks for making crabcakes, I absolutely love them and they are definitely special (the cost! :)) You are right they make excellent sandwiches, but I really like the way you served them with a little slaw on top . . . a few bites and no bread to drown out the delicious crab!

    January 25, 2015
    • Exactly the cost is significant. I guess thats why I make them once or at the most twice a year. Thanks so much Sue!

      January 25, 2015
  48. What an amazing appetizer! I love crab cake even though I’ve never tried to make it on my own… and with your post I have just realized that I’m not the right party! I was convinced that this week was about cakes…. I feel so stupid!!!

    January 25, 2015
    • Don’t, I would gladly have some cake especially if it’s made by you I sometimes eat dessert before supper why not as an appetizer. Thank you so much, the crab cakes are something I don’t make very often but when I do I remember how much I like them.

      January 25, 2015
  49. Love these crab cakes as it is one of my favorite appetizers or just make a dinner out of them. I serve mine with a remoulade sauce but I really like your idea of slaw and mirin dressing. Happy FF 🙂

    January 26, 2015
    • I always serve with remoulade but this time I wanted something lighter and different. Thank you so much.

      January 26, 2015
  50. Oh I love crab cakes. These look delicious and I am with you leaving out the jalapeño pepper – I prefer the more subtle style. I like the coleslaw side too.

    January 26, 2015
    • Thanks Cindy. I am a wimp when it comes to heat, a little is fine and it would probably be good in these but I felt the red and orange or yellow peppers provided great flavor without the punch. Thanks so much

      January 26, 2015
  51. You know it’s weird, I used to love crab cakes even though I don’t like crab! I love the flavors and texture is what it is. These look wonderful and your dressing sounds incredible. The best crab cakes I used to eat were at a restaurant called Maggiano’s and they came with a tangy red sauce and they were to die for. I have been wanting to create a vegan version, obviously without crab, but achieving that same texture and similar flavors. I’ve already recreated a yummy red sauce to go with them…I’m just working on the “crab” part 😊

    January 26, 2015
    • Would really love to see your vegan version, crab cakes are really good, I don’t make or eat them that often but when I do it’s always such a treat. Thanks Brandi.

      January 26, 2015
  52. I love crab cakes! I like the slaw and dressing too, sounds like the perfect appetizer!

    January 26, 2015
    • Crab cakes make great appetizers, you can make them bite size so they are easy to pop in your mouth. Thanks Sarah.

      January 26, 2015
  53. Bevi #

    I am just catching up with blog reading – I have been a traveling fool! Thanks for the shout out, and thanks for such a lovely blog. I am in the process of hunting out one of your chicken dishes right now! Love, Bevi

    January 26, 2015
    • Hi Bevi, thank you. I bet you’re not traveling today, how could anyone it’s a blizzard outside.Stay warm and safe.

      January 26, 2015
  54. Oh yes, these look amazing Suzanne!

    January 26, 2015
  55. I don’t eat much seafood, but crab cakes are special and I love them. Very clever to have matched them with slaw. 😛

    January 26, 2015
  56. I never had crab cakes before, It’s definitely a recipe to try, they looks delicious 😊😊😊

    January 30, 2015
    • They are wonderful you should definitely give them a try,

      February 12, 2015
      • I love crab cakes, so I will definitely give your recipe a go!

        February 12, 2015
  57. So fresh, vibrant and colorful. Hand me a crab cake or two and a very large helping of the slaw!!!!!!!! I love a vinegar-based, refreshing slaw salad.

    February 11, 2015
    • Thanks so much Shanna. me too, I prefer a vinegar based slaw.

      February 12, 2015
      • I’ve noticed the great Italian recipes on your blog. My favorite way to eat this type of slaw is on a fish taco. Maybe you’ll come up with an Italian interpretation of the dish. 🙂

        February 12, 2015
      • Great idea, maybe like a meatball only with crab. Hmmmm now you got me thinking. Thank you.

        February 12, 2015

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