Crab Cakes with Spicy Remoulade

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr 15 min (includes cooling time)
  • Active: 50 min
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings
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Ingredients

Remoulade:

1 shallot, coarsely chopped

1 tablespoon capers 

1 cup mayonnaise 

1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives 

1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard 

1 teaspoon smoked paprika 

1 teaspoon kosher salt 

1/2 teaspoon black pepper 

Crab Cakes:

6 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped 

1 red bell pepper, finely chopped 

3 cloves garlic, minced 

2 eggs 

1 serrano chile, seeded and finely chopped 

1 pound lump crabmeat, shredded 

2 cups panko breadcrumbs

1 cup mayonnaise 

1/4 cup finely chopped fresh chives

1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley

2 teaspoons kosher salt 

1/2 teaspoon black pepper 

4 tablespoons olive oil 

Directions

Special equipment:
food processor
  1. For the remoulade: Pulse the shallots and capers in a food processor until finely chopped. Add the mayonnaise, chives, mustard, smoked paprika, salt and pepper; pulse until well combined. Taste for salt and pepper and adjust. (The remoulade will keep, refrigerated, for 4 days. It is best made a day ahead.)
  2. For the crab cakes: Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in a saute pan over medium heat. Add the onions and peppers and saute until soft, 7 to 8 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, 30 seconds. Let cool to room temperature.
  3. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, combine the eggs, chiles, crabmeat, 1 cup of the panko, mayonnaise, chives, parsley, salt, pepper and the cooled vegetables. Gently mix until well blended. Pack the crab mixture into a 1/4 cup measuring cup, then gently tap out into your hand and form into a patty. Place the patty on a baking sheet and repeat with the rest of the crab mixture. Spread the remaining 1 cup panko on a large plate. Dredge the crab cakes in panko on all sides.
  5. Melt another 2 tablespoons of the butter in a large nonstick saute pan over medium-high heat. Add 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. When hot, add the crab cakes in batches, flattening them a bit with the back of a spatula. Cook until golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Between batches, add another tablespoon of butter and olive oil to the pan.
  6. Place the browned crab cakes on a baking sheet and transfer to the oven for 8 to 10 minutes, until sizzling and heated through.
  7. Serve the crab cakes with remoulade sauce on the side.