Ultimate Crab Cakes – Easy & Delicious Crab Cake Recipe

by Sugar on April 12, 2012 · 31 comments

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You can make great crab cakes at home! My Ultimate Crab Cake Recipe has a few secret ingredients that make them extra special.

Most of us have had a great crab cake at a restaurant and wished we could make something that good at home. Well my recipe is so good it will rival any great crab cake you have ever had, and it’s so easy to make. Simple, fresh ingredients and lots of flavor are packed into these golden pillows. I know if you try them the whole family will love them.  You can do them in the oven if you want to cut out some of the fat so be sure to see my tips below.

Ultimate Crab Cakes

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Start to Finish: 35 minutes

8 servings


  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons seafood seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon style mustard
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped fine
  • 2 medium green onions, chopped fine
  • 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1 lb lump crab meat
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups Progresso® lemon pepper panko crispy bread crumbs


In a large bowl, mix mayo, seafood seasoning, parsley, Dijon-style mustard, egg, red bell pepper, and green onion. Gently mix in the crab and the Swiss cheese, season with salt and pepper.  Shape into 8 patties.

Dip both sides of crab cakes into crumb mixture, and press crumbs into cake with your hands, gently covering the whole patty with the breadcrumbs.

Set aside on cookie sheet lined with wax paper and place in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes before frying.

Fry in vegetable oil until golden brown on both sides, being very careful when flipping.  Serve warm with tartar sauce.

Cooking Tips:

Crab cakes can be made ahead and kept in the refrigerator, covered with plastic wrap until ready to fry.

Crab cakes can also be broiled on a lightly greased baking sheet for 8-10 minutes without turning or until they are golden brown.

I originally developed this recipe for BettyCrocker.com. If you like this recipe, please share it recipe with a friend.  Just click on the cute little icons below this sentence to share these on your Facebook page, twitter page, etc. with just one click!

Kristen says:

Hi Sugar… I love all the recipes on your website! Quick question for the crab cakes… if I wanted to make them mini or bite size for an appetizer tray, how long should I broil them for? Thanks! -Kristen

Sugar says:


Hi, They should only take a few minutes but since every oven is different you are going to have to wait till they look golden and then they should be good. Enjoy!

angela says:

Hi i was wondering to make the crab cake do you have to use
Vegetable oil or can i use canola?

Sugar says:

Sure you can use the vegtable oil.



Sylvia says:

I just loved your website.. Congrat’s!!
I get a lot of american food recipes.. Thanks for sharing..

Sugar says:

Oh thank you so much. :)

Jacki says:

I made these today for the first time, my first ever crab cakes. My husband loved them!! He could not stop eating them. Thanks for the great recipe!

Sugar says:

I’m so glad you liked them. Thanks for the feedback. It makes my day to know that I am spreading love from my kitchen to others.


Shandell says:

I made the crab cakes for dinner and I baked them.. They were a little crunchy and tasty… thanks for the recipe Sugar…

Sugar says:

So glad you liked them. Thanks for the feedback. :)

Sandy Morrocco sealy says:

Hi sugar..this recipe looks great. Can’t wait to they it. Question for you after you make pizza dough and let it rise can you refrigerate till you are ready to use later in the day? Also. Know you can freeze it to after it rises. Thanks …you should have a q&a website so we can can ask you tons of questions bat your recipies! Sandy

Sugar says:

Yes you can refrigerate it for sure. I have never froze it but you can. Thanks for the feedback. :)

Kristin Franks says:

Is there a way I can print this recipe without all of the pictures ??? Sure looks good !!!

Sugar says:

There is a print icon at the bottom of all the recipes and when you go there you can select not to print the photos.

Laura Perry says:

Those look scrumptious! I can’t wait to try them. :)

Sugar says:

Please do and let me know how you like them. Enjoy!

Lisa says:

I’m a different Lisa, who also has an Olivia… but she won’t try these. My Owen, however, will LOVE these! Thank you for a fabulous looking recipe. I’ve Pin’d it, too!

Sugar says:

Oh too funny Lisa. I have a friend with a daughter Olivia also. Well give her a hug from me anyway. :)

lisa says:

No way! I was just thinking yesterday I needed a new recipie for crab cakes. And who better to supply it!! Olivia will be so excited! Thanks Sugs. We had Nutella pancakes the other day. Mmmmm.

Sugar says:


I think you will love them. Give Olivia a hug from me. :)


Talia says:

These look amazing and surprisingly easy to make. This is on my list for the weekend.

Thank you for sharing!

Sugar says:

Oh good Talia I can’t wait to hear how you like them. Enjoy!

I love crab cakes and these look soo good! I plan on making some.Thanks for the recipe.

Sugar says:

I know I love them too. :) Enjoy!

Gary says:

Makes you hungry, doesn’t it?

Sugar says:

Gary give them a try and let me know what you think. :)