A family gets together is never complete without sumptuous food that you can share and enjoy with each other. The reason behind this is that family bonding usually happens over good food, where the great conversation starts. In your next get together, make sure to serve your family easy to make crab cakes that will keep them asking you for more.
The Perfect Appetizer
Crab cakes make the perfect appetizer for your family bonding or get together, regardless of the main course you intend to serve. However, several people are intimidated in making them, thinking that it is not easy to do so. The truth is, it takes only a bit of effort to make gorgeous-looking and palate-satisfying crab cakes.
Ingredients For Crab Cake
1. Crab Meat
A crab cake won’t be complete without crab meat and to make mouth-watering ones, go for jumbo lump crab meat. This is made from bigger chunks with bright white color and impeccable taste. Nevertheless, don’t fret if it is out of your budget to splurge on it because you can use the usual lump ones or even canned crab meat for your dish. The former is often a blend of the broken jumbo pieces, while the latter will save you time in ensuring that there are no pieces of shell on the meat you are using for your cakes.
Make sure to use mayonnaise as the binder for your crab cake mixture. Mayo has a subtle creaminess that won’t overpower the crab meat’s flavor, making the main ingredient of your dish shine. Even those who don’t like the taste of mayo won’t hint that the crab cakes are made up of it. Nevertheless, if you can’t stand the taste of mayonnaise, no matter how subtle, you can substitute it with Greek yogurt instead.
3. Condiments and Flavors
Since the taste of crab is not that strong, you can use various condiments and flavors to power it up. For instance, you can add some hot sauce or Worcestershire sauce. You can even consider adding in some Dijon mustard if you want to. Just adjust the amount of the condiments that you use according to your preferences.
Preparation Of Crab Cakes
Crab cakes are best served right after cooking, but this doesn’t mean that you can’t prepare the batter ahead of time. The shaped patties can last a couple of days in your refrigerator if you cover them well so you can prepare them ahead of time. If you aren’t able to cook everything, you can even store the patties in your freezer for longer shelf life.
Steps To Make Crab Cakes
This recipe calls for a third cup of mayonnaise that will act as a binder for your patties, as well as a large egg that is beaten. Prepare also the condiments, along with salt and pepper to taste. It is better to find panko bread crumbs because they can add airy crispiness to your cakes. Nonetheless, even the regular bread crumbs will work perfectly. You also need to prepare a couple of tablespoons of freshly chopped parsley.
The first thing you need to do is whisk together the mayonnaise and the egg in a small bowl. Add to this the other condiments that you have prepared such as the hot sauce and Worcestershire sauce and the Dijon mustard. In a larger bowl, stir together your crab meat and bread crumbs, as well as your parsley. As soon as everything comes together, add in your mayo mixture. When all the ingredients have been folded in, you can start forming patties.
If you are ready to cook the patties you have prepared, make sure to pan-fry them or searing them in a hot skillet with neutral oil. In this way, they will have a crunchy golden crust that will make your cakes a hit. The key is in cooking the patties in batches and letting them cook for about three to five minutes on each side. Make sure to serve them with a slice of lemon and some tartar sauce.
The crab cake recipe above is only one of the easiest versions that you can make for your next family get together. There are several other crab cake version recipes, with the other ingredients listed above substituted to lower calorie counts for those who are conscious about their weight. Rest assured that when you serve these delicious crab cakes the next time you and your whole family are complete, they will surely never have enough of it.