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Crab Cakes 11/8/09

 

Crab cake is an American dish composed of crab meat an various ingredients such as milk, bread crumbs, eggs, mayonnaise, garlic, onion, etc... To me the best crab cakes should have very little filler and should be made of big chunk of crab meat.   The star of the dish should be the crab meat so buy a good quality crab meat.  I added  red chili paste to crab cakes to make it a little spicier and each time I served them they always disappeared in a flash.  Crab Cakes are great as appetizers or served with a salad on the side.

 

A beautiful plate filled with warm crab cakes!

Crab cakes are usually formed into patties, breaded and then fried.   Mine are not breaded, I incorporated white fresh into the crab cakes and they pan fried from maximum flavor and they are also healthier this way.

Close look at the crab cakes

I served the crab cakes with a salad and a popover. 

 

Preparation work..

Ingredients (for about 8 to 9 cakes)

2 garlic cloves minced

1 pound lump crabmeat

3 slices of white bread

1 green onion, finely chopped, white and green part 

2 tablespoons mayonnaise

1 1/2  teaspoon red chili paste such as sambal 

Juice of 1 lemon

1 egg white

sea salt and ground pepper

view of the ingredients:

egg white, mayonnaise, crab meat (from Trader's Joe), chili paste, cut the crust off the white bread and then cut them into small cubes, chopped garlic.

to get maximum flavor, the garlic are sautéed in hot pan with 1 tablespoon of oil

cooking the garlic really releases a lot of flavor and gives the crab cakes depth.  Once the garlic is golden brown it is set aside 

I use a can of real crab meat from Traders' Joe.  They are pretty good but the best one I found are from Costco.  

In a mixing bowl all the ingredients are combined and then salt and pepper are added according to taste.  Mix gently and make sure not to mash the crab meat. 

The mixture is then form into small cakes.  Next, refrigerate the cakes for about 30 minutes so that the flavors are allowed to blend together.

Removing the cakes from the refrigerator and now they are ready to be cooked.

In a hot skillet with a 2 count drizzle of vegetable oil and heat until hot and then brown the crab cakes about 2/3 minutes on each side

The crab cakes are browned and are ready to be served.

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