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Crab Cakes with Rémoulade Sauce

Crab Cakes with Rémoulade Sauce

Learn how to make crab cakes with remoulade sauce. This restaurant favorite crab cake recipe is just so easy to make. Made with fresh lump crab meat and homemade remoulade sauce, it is cooked on the stove top for a delicious seafood dinner that your family will love.
Course Main, Seafood
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8 Crab cakes
Calories 314kcal


Crab cakes:

  • 1 pound canned pasteurized crabmeat
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon table salt * divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper freshly grounded *divided
  • 2 celery ribs chopped
  • 1/2 onion chopped into cubes
  • 2 garlic cloves peeled and minced
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 4 oz. shrimp peeled, deveined and tails removed
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable or olive oil

Rémoulade Sauce

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise or vegenaise
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon pickle relish
  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Parsley minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon capers rinsed
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon Mustard
  • 1 garlic clove peeled and minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon table salt
  • Black pepper to taste


To make the crab cakes

  • Place milk and crabmeat in a glass bowl and cover it stretch film. Refrigerate it for 20 minutes.
  • Place panko bread crumbs in a 12-inch non-stick skillet and cook for 6-8 minutes, stirring constantly, until they are golden brown. Place it in a shallow plate; season it with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Set aside to cool.
  • Wipe out the skillet with paper towel. No need to wash.
  • Pulse celery ribs, onion, garlic in a food processor until they are finely chopped, 8-10 pulses.
  • Rinse the processor bowl and blade. Set aside.
  • Place the butter in the skillet. Add the vegetables and season them with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Cook it until all the moisture is evaporated for 6 – 7 minutes. Put them in a large bowl (this is the bowl you will get everything mixed at the end) and set aside to cool.
  • Wipe out the skillet with paper towel, one more time.
  • Strain the crabmeat through a strainer, pressing firmly to remove the milk using the back of a spatula. Be gentle not to break the lumps of the crabmeat.
  • Place the shrimp in food processer and pulse until finely ground, 10-12 pulses. Add heavy cream and pulse to mix, 3-4 times.
  • Transfer the shrimp mixture to the cooled vegetable puree. Add mustard, hot pepper sauce, lemon juice and Old Bay seasoning and mix until combined.
  • Add the crabmeat in and fold in gently, being careful not to break the lumps.
  • Divide it into 8 equal balls and firmly press them into small patties in the palm of your hands. Place each cake on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cover tightly with stretch film and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes up to 24 hours.
  • Coat each cake with panko breadcrumbs, firmly pressing to stick the crumbs into the exterior of the cake.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in now-empty non-stick skillet, in medium heat, until it is shimmering. Place 4 cakes and cook without moving until they are golden brown, 3-4 minutes. Using two spatulas flip them. Add one tablespoon of oil and cook the other side for 2-3 minutes. Place them on a platter.
  • Wipe out the skillet with paper towel and repeat the same process for the rest of the crab cakes.

To make the Rémaulade Sauce:

  • Place all ingredients in food processor and pulse until they are truly combined.Place it in a small ramekin and or bowl. It can be refrigerated up to 3 days.

To Serve:

  • Top off with the remaulade sauce and serve immediately


Calories: 314kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 797mg | Potassium: 155mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 202IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 82mg | Iron: 1mg