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Crab Cakes

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I make crab cakes once a year, not sure why only once but it’s sort of a tradition with me although it’s at no particular time but whenever I think of it or feel like having them. This recipe is from one of the older Martha Stewart cookbooks and is the only recipe for crab cakes I have ever used. It calls for jumbo lump  or lump crabmeat, has very little filler and is really delicious. As an aside I recommend lump not jumbo lump it makes it easier to form into patties and stays together better.  You can make your own bread crumbs by first grinding bread in a food processor then drying in the oven or use dried breadcrumbs from your supermarket. This is a super simple recipe that comes together very quickly.  They are not coated with bread crumbs although you could if you wish,  they have a nice amount of vegetables in them and are delicious served with cole slaw.

The recipe made exactly 12 nice sized cakes so my friends got a crab cake sandwich on fresh ciabatta rolls slathered with a dressing made from mayo, sriracha, pickle relish and ketchup then piled high with a homemade traditional cole slaw. I made a few changes in the recipe to suit me, Martha calls for 2 lbs crabmeat, I found 1 lb was sufficient and if I did use 2 lbs I would add an additional egg, more mayo and breadcrumbs.

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Crab Cakes

Adapted from Martha Stewart Cookbook- Collected Recipes for Every Day

Makes 12 crab cakes or 22-24 appetizer size

1 cup dried breadcrumbs

2 large eggs lightly beaten

1 lb jumbo lump or lump crabmeat (picked over for cartilage)

1/2 cup chopped cilantro or parsley (I use parsley)

3 scallions  finely chopped

1 small red bell pepper- seeded and diced

1 small yellow bell pepper – seeded and diced (I didn’t have yellow so used green)

1 jalapeno pepper – seeded and diced (I used pickled jalapeño)

2/3 cup mayonaise

kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

Vegetable oil to fry

Gently mix all the ingredients together, you don’t want to break up the crab meat to much.

Form into patties, you can choose the size but make them quite thick. Heat some vegetable oil in  a skillet over medium high heat. Cook the crab cakes until browned on each side. Place them on paper towel or paper bag to drain. Serve hot. NOTE: Because there is very little filler you have to work a little to form into patties. If they absolutely won’t hold together add a little more mayo and breadcrumbs.

I happened upon a photo that the media outlet Pop Sugar took of Percy and put on their site. I was tickled to see this and thought he looked so cute smiling. This was taken at Pugs Take NYC event which by the way was a huge success raising $4150 for Pug Nation Rescue of LA and the little pug Bella has had the surgery and is being fitted for a wheelchair.

Photo from popsugar.com

Photo from popsugar.com

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  1. Oh…that Martha Stewart…she does have some very good recipes…and with “Crab Cakes” lump crab meat and not much on the fillers is the trick

    …and PS: Percy needs a butcher bone…🐶

    September 21, 2016
    • Yes she does some of her recipes are terrific. You know I’ve tried giving Percy bones but he won’t touch them. I have bought dental bones, try brushing his teeth it’s hard. I am scheduling a cleaning and there will be some extractions soon.

      September 21, 2016
    • I keep marrow bones in my freezer. Just tried it again, he totally snubs it. I don’t think in his former home he got bones. Pugs have notoriously bad teeth, most pugs lose their teeth through extraction through the years. Last time I took him to the Vet she said he needs to have some teeth extracted they are not infected just not in good shape and I have to make the appointment to do that along with a cleaning. I hate the fact that he has to have general anesthesia it freaks me out.

      September 21, 2016
  2. Suzanne, your crab-cakes sound so very delicious! That’s an adorable pic of Percy. Great to know the fund raising was such a success. Mega hugs!

    September 21, 2016
  3. Good Morning Suzanne, it’s nice to wake up in the morning and find a new post from you. I love crab cakes but rarely cook them. I like your recipe because of the jalapeños and peppers. I agree with you, Percy looks very cute smiling. Have a great week.

    September 21, 2016
  4. Yay to both!!! xo

    September 21, 2016
  5. I absolutely love crab cakes!

    September 21, 2016
  6. Suzanne these look incredible! So delicious.. Thanks for sharing such a lovely recipe :))

    September 21, 2016
    • Thank you so much. Crab cakes are so delicious and easy to make. Make a great sandwich.

      September 21, 2016
  7. Crab Cakes!!!! I’m a sucker for these, and yours look really good right now! And how exciting to see Popsugar giving some exposure to Percy! He looks happy.

    September 21, 2016
    • Thanks Dave, I love crab cakes also. I didn’t know that their photographer took Percy’s photo and was so happy to see it appear on their site.

      September 21, 2016
  8. I will have to make these for my husband. He loves crab.

    September 21, 2016
  9. Percy is so cute!! Look at that happy smile!

    September 21, 2016
  10. Many thanks, Suzanne – crab – so delicate with plenty of vegetables – Hope that Percy ‘ s teeth will have no damage. You do the best.
    Croquettes ( hard food ) are good – for him ?
    Bises et amitiés de france 🙂

    September 21, 2016
    • Thank you France, yes Percy has the notorious bad teeth that are characteristic of pugs. Every pug I know has hardly any teeth. I wish that weren’t so because I hate having to have him put under general anesthesia. I try to give him marrow bones but he won’t touch them. Merci, merci tu es si belle.

      September 21, 2016
  11. I haven’t had crab cakes in so long, you’ve inspired me. They look delish!

    September 21, 2016
  12. skd #

    These crabcakes look delicious Suzanne! Poor dear Percy. I hope his teeth get in good shape soon.

    September 21, 2016
    • Thanks skd, he has to have extractions and a cleaning. I am so nervous because of the anesthesia. For pugs anesthesia can be dangerous because of their anatomy. I am so nervous doing it.

      September 21, 2016
  13. Ohhh, Percy is a STAR!!! The crab cakes sound so good, I sure hope we haul in a bunch of Dungeness next week so I can make some of these. 🙂

    September 21, 2016
    • He is so funny, he was not happy that day but the photographer happened to catch him smiling which is so great. Oh wow, dungeness crabs, how lucky. Thanks so much Kathryn.

      September 21, 2016
  14. What’s not to love about this one. Awesome Thanks

    September 21, 2016
  15. Great looking crab cakes! 🙂

    September 21, 2016
  16. I love crab cakes and just had one last weekend. I don’t know why I never make them. Ole Mr. Percy knows how to pose for a photo and smiling for the camera! Precious!

    September 21, 2016
    • I love them too and hardly ever make them. Maybe it’s because lump crab is so so expensive. Percy is so photogenic and I love that photo. Thanks so much Julie.

      September 21, 2016
  17. Suzanne this sounds amazing. This could melt in the mouth:)

    September 21, 2016
    • Thank you so much Sumith, the crab cakes are delicious and so simple to put together. It makes a wonderful meal. Now if I could only plate like you.

      September 21, 2016
  18. These look delicious Suzanne! She has great recipes. I love all of the veggies!

    September 21, 2016
  19. Crab cakes have got to be a weakness of mine. Yours are loaded with vegetables which is an added bonus. I can just see the lump of crab meat in every bite. Just lovely!

    September 21, 2016
    • I love them as well and all the vegetables called for in the recipe is what drew me to it as well as very little filler or breading. Thanks so much Loretta.

      September 21, 2016
  20. I love crab cakes and those look awesome. Percy looks so cute in his bow tie.

    September 21, 2016
  21. When I catered I actually used this recipe to cook for ladies’ lunches. They were always popular. I liked them because they weren’t bready! Are you going to be around at the beginning of November? I will be in NYC for about 5-6 days!

    September 21, 2016
    • Isn’t it a great recipe? I love that its really a crab cake not a lot of bread. Yes I will be here in November. Hope to meet you!!

      September 21, 2016
      • Good! I’ll be in touch.

        September 21, 2016
  22. These look delicious. I love crab cakes and this is the perfect season for them. Percy has a handsome smile.

    September 21, 2016
    • Thanks so much Sharon, I usually make them every year about this time. Percy has a beautiful smile.

      September 21, 2016
  23. I have never had crab cakes…ever! They look delicious Suzanne. And Percy sure is photogenic 🙂

    September 21, 2016
    • Thank you so much Marisa, crab cakes are wonderful and make a delicious meal. Percy is a handsome boy.

      September 21, 2016
  24. These look delicious – super full of crab meat and flavor. I’ll have to give them a try!

    September 21, 2016
    • They are almost all crab which is what I love about this recipe. Thank you so much.

      September 21, 2016
  25. Who doesn’t love crab cakes?? But I’ve never made them at home– these look amazing Suzanne!! Are they big enough to fill a slider ciabatta or regular rolls?? How did you serve them as sandwiches?? I wish I could sit at your table with a plate of these!! —and fun to see Percy all dressed up! xox

    September 22, 2016
    • Hi Rhonda, Thank you so much. Yes I served to my friends as sandwiches on ciabatta rolls. I made a dressing of mayo, ketchup, sriracha, pickle relish and spread it on the bread, the rolls were quiete large and 2 crab cakes fit on the roll then I piled on cole slaw. I just had the crab cake with cole slaw swore off bread. Percy looks so cute when he gets dolled up!!

      September 22, 2016
      • Oh gosh- stop! We just finished a pretty dull dinner tonight and I would have loved to have one of those sandwiches!! (cole slaw is a favorite!) Lucky friends to eat at your table! Keep up the good work on your healthy eating!! (I’m trying to tag along on that!) xox

        September 22, 2016
  26. Somehow, the comment I made this morning got lost. I love crab cakes when they have a little kick to it. Percy looks so cute.

    September 22, 2016
    • Thank you Gerlinde crab cakes really are delicious and yes these do have a bit of a kick. Mr. Percy is such a cutie and quite a character too. Have a great weekend. Not sure what happened to your previous comment sometimes WordPress does strange things.

      September 22, 2016
  27. Crab cakes! That’s a good one to snack on! 😀
    Percy looks cute too – nice set of teeth there!

    September 22, 2016
    • Ha, well Percy kind of has snaggle teeth but the photo actually makes them look worse than what they are, they need a good cleaning but are not yellow. I think it’s the way the light hit him.

      September 22, 2016
  28. They sound lovely~ you have some lucky friends to get a sandwich like that! Percy looks adorable with that smile. Those wise eyes of his make him look like he’s holding some deep secret to the universe that only he knows…What a wonderful bit of fundraising for the pup and the wheelchair! I’m so glad we live now when there are options to be had!!

    September 22, 2016
    • Yes, this pup was abandoned by his “family” left at the vet’s office. Better than the street or a kill shelter. They amputated both front legs and Bella now has a custom wheelchair. It really is so good to be able to help. Thanks so much Mollie.

      September 26, 2016
      • That reminds me I’ve been meaning to sign up for insurance for Chance, especially after the money I spent for poor Gibs and I had a little help from family. I will say this, Bella lucked out – she must have a guardian angel out there! I think her abandonment was a good thing because Bella needed a very special person and obviously got one!

        September 27, 2016
  29. I love crab cakes!! These are some delicious looking crab cakes, Suzanne ! Aww Percy looks so cute!!

    September 22, 2016
  30. These crab cakes look so delicious! Love the picture of Percy! Adorable

    September 23, 2016
  31. I’d never thought of mayo as a binding agent before.

    September 24, 2016
    • Binding and moisture. It works well and makes these crab cakes so delicious. Thanks so much Stefan.

      September 26, 2016
  32. Your crab cakes look so delicious, your friends are so lucky! I’d love to make crab cakes though to tell you the truth I have no idea where I can find crab meat here, other than small in small crabs. I might do a bit of investigation to see where to get it here because I bet the results are so worth it. And yes, maybe you should make them more than once a year! xx

    September 25, 2016
    • Hi Sofia, Oh boy picking enough crab meat from small crabs would be a real chore. It’s readily available here but very expensive. I guess thats one of the reasons I don’t make them very often. Thank you so much.

      September 26, 2016
  33. Aww, Percy looks adorable! Look at that smile!

    and now I want crab cakes…

    September 25, 2016
    • Thanks, Percy has such a great smile. Wish you lived close I would give you some crab cakes.

      September 26, 2016
      • I wish I lived closer too because I would gladly accept those crab cakes… and maybe take a selfie with Percy also.

        September 26, 2016
  34. Your crab cakes look delicious, love that they don’t have a ton of filler in them. Now you’ve got me craving them!

    September 26, 2016
    • I dislike crab cakes that are mostly filler, these are all crab or almost all crab and it’s such a great recipe. Thanks so much Fida.

      September 26, 2016
  35. B #

    I can’t eat crab but man, do those ever look good. It’s torture just looking at them! Looking at your dogs makes me feel a lot better though. I’d never be able to get anything done with all of that cuteness around.

    I’m looking forward to reading your blog posts. Congratulations on your One Lovely Blog award nomination!

    September 27, 2016
    • Thank you B, I am sorry I missed this. I am terrible and thank you so much for the nomination for the war. Thank you!!

      October 13, 2016
  36. I could eat good crab cakes every day. What a delicacy and treat!!! You have been SO busy, Suzanne. I’m glad you enjoyed the Pug Fest, even if more so that Mr. P. 🙂 He looked so handsome in his bow tie. I hope y’all raised enough for the wheelchair? And how was your block party? Is the heat breaking up there? We have had some lovely mornings and evenings lately. Love to you and P, Em

    September 27, 2016
    • Em, just seeing this I am so sorry, things are so busy I can’t keep up. Yes we raised enough money for the operation and the wheelchair, it was a huge success. Thanks so much I feel so badly that I missed this.

      October 13, 2016
  37. I love crab cakes. One of my favorite. Growing up as a little girl my grandma cooked crab cakes for me. Thank you for the follow. Congratulations on you One Lovely Blog award nomination.

    September 28, 2016
    • Thank you so much for the kind words and the nomination. Looking forward to your posts!!😀

      September 28, 2016
  38. Hey . I have planned on starting a bake off a way to collab with different bloggers on a weekly basis. Would you like to become a part of this collab . It’s a great way to spread word about you blog and to get more readers to read you post.
    If you accept I will send you the details.

    October 1, 2016
    • I am so sorry this comment went into my spam folder which I don’t check that often I sincerely apologize. There is something haywire about wordpress right now. Please do send me more information I would love to collaborate. Thank you and again my apologies.

      October 13, 2016
      • Ohh it’s ok . I know somethings

        October 13, 2016
      • Ohh it’s ok . I know sometimes these things happen. Well I’m about to post my this week’s feature . Theme is cookies

        October 13, 2016
      • I love cookies. Since you are already posting it maybe next week unless you want a recipe that I have already posted. Thanks and I look forward to reading your post.

        October 13, 2016
      • Yes it can be old recipes that you already have posted.

        October 13, 2016
      • Since I have never done this let me know how to send should I email or just include a link in my reply. Thanks so much.

        October 13, 2016
      • Can you send me your email address so I could mail you the details for next week.

        October 13, 2016
      • If you would like to participate send me a link to you favourite cookie recipe I will add it in my post. And once my post is up I ask all the participants to write a post including all the links . I will send you the details in an email can I have your email address.

        October 13, 2016
      • You can send me the details at apuginthekitchen@gmail.com looking forward to participating. Thank you.

        October 13, 2016
  39. Oh crab cakes…yes yes yes. These look great: I could devour a plateful and ask for more 😀

    October 1, 2016
  40. Now this looks amazing ! I love crab . Think this would go nice with the family 😉 your food on your blog looks amazing !!

    November 2, 2016
  41. Looks like a tasty recipe. I like crab cakes a lot. Nice blog pix!

    February 26, 2017

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