Crab Cakes with Poached Eggs and Wild Mushroom Sauce

Total Time:
45 min
15 min
30 min

2 Servings

  • Wild Mushroom Sauce:
  • 4 tablespoon butter
  • 3 cups wild mushrooms, sliced (shiitakes, oysters, and chantrelles)
  • 3 tablespoon shallots
  • 1 teaspoon garlic
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 1/4 cup cream
  • Salt and pepper
  • Crab Cakes:
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons each diced red pepper, onion & celery
  • 2 teaspoons Creole spice
  • 1 cup crabmeat, picked over for shells and cartilage
  • 1 egg
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons oil, for sauteing
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley, for garnish
  • Poached Eggs:
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar

Mushroom sauce: In a medium saucepan heat 2 tablespoons of butter. Add mushrooms and shallots and saute for 3 minutes. Add garlic and wine. Boil until reduced by half. Add cream and * cup water, bring to a boil and reduce for 3 minutes. Using an immersion blender, add remaining butter and pulse 5 times. Sauce should not be smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside in a warm place.

Crab cakes: Preheat oven to 3750F. Heat butter in a small saute pan. When it begins to foam, add diced vegetables, season with 1 teaspoon Creole spice and cook for 2 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl. Add crabmeat and egg. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Season flour with remaining spice. Roll each cake in flour, shaking off excess. Heat oil in a saute pan. When it ripples, add crab cakes and cook until golden on bottom side. Flip and transfer pan to oven to finish cooking while you poach eggs.

Poached eggs: Add vinegar and salt to a large pot of boiling water. Reduce heat to simmering, and begin stirring water clockwise. Crack eggs, one at a time, into water. They will take instant form. Cook for 3 minutes. Remove carefully with a slotted spoon. Pat dry with paper towels.

To assemble: Remove crab cakes from oven and place two on each dinner plate. Top each cake with an egg. Spoon a generous portion of mushroom sauce over and garnish with parsley.

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