How to Make Crab Cakes

Once you have the basics down you'll know how to make crab cakes, time and time again with no fuss! You'll also learn to "be creative!" When we're done, here, showing you and giving you helpful tips on how to make crab cakes, we will even have links that will take you to our best crab cake recipes.

With all this said, there are some things to keep in mind when making crab cakes...

  • First and foremost...There are no set rules!
  • Many ingredients used for making crab cakes can be omitted or exchanged for a preferable ingredient.
  • The main thing in crab cakes is holding the cakes together so they don't fall apart.
  • You can use bread crumbs, bought or made from breads you have at home, panko crumbs, or even coconut for coating the crab cakes, which gives them a nice sweet flavor!
  • Crab cakes can be fried, which is the most popular way, but they can be baked, broiled, or even, grilled, as well.
  • Crab cakes are best with fresh lump crab meat, but certainly not limited to that. You can use imitation crab meat, too!
  • And last, but not least, the less ingredients you put into your crab cakes, the better. This equals more crab flavor!

Here we have step by step visual help for you to help you make crab cakes easily at home. Once you have made them yourself once or twice, you'll be able to host or hostess your friends and family and they'll be wanting to know how you did it! Feel free to share this with them!

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Helpful Tips

Forming Crab Cakes
You can use a lid from a peanut butter jar to make perfect round crab cakes like they put out in restaurants. Just spray the lid with lite cooking spray to let the mixture release easily. Or, you can use an ice cream scoop with a leaver release to make crab cakes, which is more preferable. Just scoop into the crab mixture and put onto cooking area and press gently on top to form.

Always chill your crab cake mixture before baking or frying your cakes.
This helps blend the flavors and helps to hold the mixture together making them easier to handle and mold to your desired shape. It also plays a big role in the cooking process. It allows the outside of the crab cakes to get crispy, thus keeping the moisture inside the crab cake.

When cooking the crab cakes, it's best to only turn them over once. Let each side cook thoroughly, until golden brown, without constantly flipping them. This will help in avoiding the crab cakes to crumble and break apart. This will also help them brown nicer.
Alaskan King Crab and Dungeness Crab are both salty, naturally. You may want to taste and adjust the salt in a crab cake recipe accordingly.

Freezing Crab Cakes
You can freeze formed and uncooked crab cakes by single layering them on a baking sheet. After they have frozen, you can then place them in a freezer bag. Use wax paper in between the crab cakes if you layer them to freeze, then, they won't stick together. Thaw them in the refrigerator before cooking.

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