Stone Crab Johnny Cakes with Grainy Mustard Vinaigrette

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr 2 min
  • Prep: 40 min
  • Inactive: 10 min
  • Cook: 12 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Johnny Cakes:

3/4 cups stone ground yellow cornmeal

1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt

1 teaspoon granulated sugar

1 1/4 cups boiling water

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

Stone Crab & Vinaigrette:

2 tablespoon grainy mustard

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

3 tablespoons white wine vinegar

2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Honey, to taste

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons canola oil

2 pounds stone crabs, meat removed from shells and coarsely chopped

1/4 cup thinly sliced green onion (green and pale green part)

3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

Tarragon leaves, for garnish


  1. Combine the yellow cornmeal, salt and sugar in a large bowl. Add the boiling water and stir until combined. Set aside for 10 minutes.
  2. Melt a few tablespoons of the butter on a cast iron griddle, cast iron pan or nonstick pan over medium heat. Add the batter by 1/4 cupfuls a few at a time, smooth the tops lightly, if necessary. Cook until golden brown on both sides and just cooked through, about 5 minutes per side. Repeat with remaining butter and batter. Yields about five 3-inch round cakes.

Stone Crab & Vinaigrette:

  1. Combine the mustards, vinegar, tarragon, salt, pepper and a few tablespoons of water in a blender and blend until smooth. With the motor running, slowly add the extra virgin oil and blend until emulsified, season with honey to taste.
  2. Heat the canola oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Add the crab meat and cook just to heat through. Add the green onion, cilantro and salt and pepper and cook for 30 seconds longer. Divide the crab meat among the Johnnycakes and drizzle with some of the vinaigrette. Garnish with tarragon leaves.