Inspired by our time in Florida, this homemade crab cakes recipe features yummy crab, crunchy peppers and onions, and a special blend of seafood seasonings!
As you may know, Kim and I lived in Florida for almost ten (10) years. It was an amazing life experience.
One of the best things about living there was the fresh seafood! Just about anything you wanted you could get at the markets in Miami.
Serve it with homemade remoulade sauce for the ultimate seaside experience. So, shall we get started?
How to make homemade crab cakes?
First, start by prepping the crab and dicing the celery, peppers, and onions.
Also, preheat your oven to 425° F. and place a large cast iron skillet over medium-low heat.
Next, grab a large mixing bowl and add the crab meat, cracked eggs, breadcrumbs, peppers, onions, celery, mayonnaise, seafood seasonings, black pepper, and Dijon mustard.
After that, use a wooden spoon or your clean hands to mix everything together.
Then, shape the mixture into four (4) equal-sized cakes. Place the butter into the hot pan and let it melt.
Now, once the butter has melted, carefully lay the crab cakes into the skillet. Let them cook for about five (5) minutes on each side so that they have a nice crunchy crust.
Last, place them into the oven to bake for ten (10) to fifteen (15) minutes. Remove them from the oven and serve.
That's it, your homemade crab cakes recipe is done! Kim and I hope you enjoy the meal and wish you all the best 🙂
- You can skip the pan sear and bake them in the oven in a non-stick casserole dish. However, they will not have that golden crust and will need to cook in the oven for at least twenty (20) to twenty-five (25) minutes.
- If you'd like to turn these into an appetizer, then shape the crab cake mixture into eight to ten (8-10) equal sized patties. Afterwards, pan fry them or bake them in the oven. Just be sure to keep an eye on them because the cakes will cook faster.
- Another amazing dinner idea is to make crab cake tacos. Simply break up the patties, once they cook, then place them into flour tortillas. Top them with a spicy fish taco sauce and any other toppings you desire.
- Have an issue with gluten? Try using shredded or mashed potatoes in place of the breadcrumbs for a gluten-free crab cake dinner.
Recipe Card with Ingredient Amounts and Instructions
- 1 pound crab meat
- 2 large eggs
- ½ cup breadcrumbs
- ¼ cup bell pepper, diced
- ¼ cup white onion, diced
- ⅛ cup celery, diced
- 1 teaspoon mayonnaise
- ½ teaspoon seafood seasoning, similar to Old Bay
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon Dijon mustard
- ½ teaspoon unsalted butter, for cooking the crab cakes
- Preheat the oven to 425°F, and heat a large, oven-safe pan or skillet (such as cast iron) over low-medium heat.
- In a large bowl, combine the crab meat, breadcrumbs, bell peppers, onion, celery, eggs, mayonnaise, Old Bay, pepper, and Dijon mustard. Form the mixture into 4 equal sized patties.1 pound crab meat2 large eggs½ cup breadcrumbs¼ cup bell pepper¼ cup white onion⅛ cup celery1 teaspoon mayonnaise½ teaspoon seafood seasoning¼ teaspoon ground black pepper¼ teaspoon Dijon mustard
- Melt the butter in the preheated pan and cook the crab cakes for 4 to 5 minutes per side, just enough to brown them.½ teaspoon unsalted butter
- Transfer the pan to the oven and cook for an additional 10-15 minutes. Serve hot with remoulade or your other favorite seafood sauce.