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Crab Cakes with Spicy Mayo - Dads That Cook

By Jason Glover

You won't be crabby after eating these delectable crab cakes! Chef Thom McMahon and his daughter Taylor school us on how to pick a crab and whip up a restaurant-worthy crab cake that's crisp on the outside, tender on the inside, and gets a kick from a simple spicy mayo.

Yields8 Servings
Prep Time1 hr 15 minsCook Time15 minsTotal Time1 hr 30 mins

TOOLS
 2 small bowls
 Large bowl
 Shallow plate or pie pan (for dredging)
 Baking sheet
 Foil
 Whisk
 Paring knife
 Sharp knife
 Rubber mallet (to crack the crab)
 Fork
 Rubber spatula
 Small sauté pan
 Large oven-proof skillet
 Large resealable plastic bag
 Rolling pin
 Ice cream or cookie scoop (for consistent portions)
INGREDIENTS
Spicy Mayo:
 ½ cup mayonnaise
 3 tbsp Sriracha
 1 garlic clove, minced
 1 pinch kosher Salt
 1 tbsp white sugar
Crab Cakes:
 2 ½ lbs cooked and cleaned crab meat
 18 saltine crackers
 1 egg
 ¼ cup each diced red & green bell pepper
 1 shallot, diced
 ½ cup mayonnaise
 2 tbsp pickled jalapeños, finely chopped
 2 garlic cloves, minced
 2 tbsp Old Bay seasoning
 ¼ cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
 2 tbsp olive oil
 1 pinch salt, to taste
 1 cup unseasoned breadcrumbs
 Diced tomato and thinly sliced green onion (optional garnish)

MAKE THE SPICY MAYO
1

TIP: Make ahead of time. The sauce needs to rest for at least 30 minutes so the flavors can blend together.

2

Mince the garlic (or run through a garlic press) and set aside.

3

Combine the mayonnaise, sriracha, garlic, sugar, and a pinch of salt in a small bowl and whisk until smooth.

MISC. PREP
4

Line a large baking sheet with foil and set aside.

MAKE THE CRAB CAKES
5

Clean the cooked crab and pick out the meat. (TIP: Watch the video for this easy technique.)

6

Place the crab meat in a large bowl.

7

Dice the bell peppers and shallot and set aside.

8

Finely chop the jalapenos and cilantro and add to the crab meat.

9

Lightly beat the egg with a pinch of salt in a small bowl.

10

Add the mayonnaise, garlic, and Old Bay Seasoning to the egg and mix gently until combined.

11

Add the egg mixture into the crab and gently fold with a spatula until well combined. v

12

Heat olive oil in a small sauté pan over medium-high heat.

13

Add the diced peppers, shallots and a pinch of salt. Sauté briefly until the shallots become translucent.

14

Allow the bell pepper-shallot mixture to cool, then fold into the crabmeat mixture.

15

Place the crackers in the plastic bag and seal it. (TIP: Be sure to remove all the air from the bag before sealing.)

16

Run the rolling pin over the bag until the crackers are finely crushed.

17

Add the crushed crackers to the crab meat and mix gently until combined.

18

Dump the breadcrumbs into a shallow dish or pie pan.

19

Grab the foil-lined baking sheet.

20

Scoop up one scoop of the crab meat mixture with your ice cream scoop.

21

Place the scoop of crab meat in your hand and flatten gently.

22

Gently place the crab cake into the breadcrumbs and cover all sides, pressing lightly to adhere the cracker crumbs. Place the crab cake on the foil-lined sheet.

23

Repeat the scooping-flattening-breadcrumbing process until you've used up all of the crab meat mixture.

24

Transfer the crab cakes to the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.

COOK THE CAKES
25

Preheat the oven to 400°F.

26

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add the crab cakes.

27

Brown the crab cakes on both sides. (Use care when turning the cakes to prevent breaking.)

28

Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake for about 15 minutes, checking periodically.

SERVE & ENJOY!
29

Place a dollop of spicy mayo onto the side of each plate and swipe it across using the back of a spoon.

30

Plate the crabcakes on the sauce.

31

Garnish with diced tomato and sliced green onion, if you wish.

32

Serve as is or with your favorite sides.

33

Enjoy!

The recipe is fairly easy. It is rated intermediate due to the number of steps and crab-cleaning process. (TIP: To save time, buy either a cracked and cleaned crab or crab meat that is ready to use.) The cook time is cumulative.

Ingredients

TOOLS
 2 small bowls
 Large bowl
 Shallow plate or pie pan (for dredging)
 Baking sheet
 Foil
 Whisk
 Paring knife
 Sharp knife
 Rubber mallet (to crack the crab)
 Fork
 Rubber spatula
 Small sauté pan
 Large oven-proof skillet
 Large resealable plastic bag
 Rolling pin
 Ice cream or cookie scoop (for consistent portions)
INGREDIENTS
Spicy Mayo:
 ½ cup mayonnaise
 3 tbsp Sriracha
 1 garlic clove, minced
 1 pinch kosher Salt
 1 tbsp white sugar
Crab Cakes:
 2 ½ lbs cooked and cleaned crab meat
 18 saltine crackers
 1 egg
 ¼ cup each diced red & green bell pepper
 1 shallot, diced
 ½ cup mayonnaise
 2 tbsp pickled jalapeños, finely chopped
 2 garlic cloves, minced
 2 tbsp Old Bay seasoning
 ¼ cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
 2 tbsp olive oil
 1 pinch salt, to taste
 1 cup unseasoned breadcrumbs
 Diced tomato and thinly sliced green onion (optional garnish)

Directions

MAKE THE SPICY MAYO
1

TIP: Make ahead of time. The sauce needs to rest for at least 30 minutes so the flavors can blend together.

2

Mince the garlic (or run through a garlic press) and set aside.

3

Combine the mayonnaise, sriracha, garlic, sugar, and a pinch of salt in a small bowl and whisk until smooth.

MISC. PREP
4

Line a large baking sheet with foil and set aside.

MAKE THE CRAB CAKES
5

Clean the cooked crab and pick out the meat. (TIP: Watch the video for this easy technique.)

6

Place the crab meat in a large bowl.

7

Dice the bell peppers and shallot and set aside.

8

Finely chop the jalapenos and cilantro and add to the crab meat.

9

Lightly beat the egg with a pinch of salt in a small bowl.

10

Add the mayonnaise, garlic, and Old Bay Seasoning to the egg and mix gently until combined.

11

Add the egg mixture into the crab and gently fold with a spatula until well combined. v

12

Heat olive oil in a small sauté pan over medium-high heat.

13

Add the diced peppers, shallots and a pinch of salt. Sauté briefly until the shallots become translucent.

14

Allow the bell pepper-shallot mixture to cool, then fold into the crabmeat mixture.

15

Place the crackers in the plastic bag and seal it. (TIP: Be sure to remove all the air from the bag before sealing.)

16

Run the rolling pin over the bag until the crackers are finely crushed.

17

Add the crushed crackers to the crab meat and mix gently until combined.

18

Dump the breadcrumbs into a shallow dish or pie pan.

19

Grab the foil-lined baking sheet.

20

Scoop up one scoop of the crab meat mixture with your ice cream scoop.

21

Place the scoop of crab meat in your hand and flatten gently.

22

Gently place the crab cake into the breadcrumbs and cover all sides, pressing lightly to adhere the cracker crumbs. Place the crab cake on the foil-lined sheet.

23

Repeat the scooping-flattening-breadcrumbing process until you've used up all of the crab meat mixture.

24

Transfer the crab cakes to the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.

COOK THE CAKES
25

Preheat the oven to 400°F.

26

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add the crab cakes.

27

Brown the crab cakes on both sides. (Use care when turning the cakes to prevent breaking.)

28

Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake for about 15 minutes, checking periodically.

SERVE & ENJOY!
29

Place a dollop of spicy mayo onto the side of each plate and swipe it across using the back of a spoon.

30

Plate the crabcakes on the sauce.

31

Garnish with diced tomato and sliced green onion, if you wish.

32

Serve as is or with your favorite sides.

33

Enjoy!

Crab Cakes with Spicy Mayo

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