Maryland Crab Cakes


Panko provides the crunchy crust which absorbs less oil than traditional breadcrumbs.

Theresa Jackson, RD, CSOWM, CDN

Clinical Nutrition Manager, Kenmore Mercy Hospital


  • 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


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Yield: 4 servings

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 2 crab cakes

Calories: 322

Sodium: 387mg

Fat: 10g

Carbohydrates: 19g

Saturated Fat: 2g

Fiber: 1g

Cholesterol: 61mg

Protein: 12g

* Nutritional information is based on ingredients listed and serving size; any additions or substitutions to ingredients may alter the recipe’s nutritional content

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Review Date: February 26, 2013

Reviewed By: Christina D. Wright, RD, LDN, Nutrition Editor, Baldwin Publishing, Inc.

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