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Crabcakes with Zesty Herb Tartar Sauce

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 30 min
  • Active: 25 min
  • Yield: 16 servings
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1 cup oyster crackers

1/4 cup cornichons

1 tablespoon capers, drained 

2 scallions, roughly chopped 

Leaves from 1 sprig fresh tarragon

1 cup mayonnaise 

1 tablespoon lemon juice 

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 

1/4 teaspoon black pepper 

1 large egg, lightly beaten 

1 pound jumbo lump crabmeat 

2 tablespoons olive oil 

Lemon wedges, for serving 


  1. In a food processor, pulse oyster crackers into crumbs, then transfer to a large bowl. Add the cornichons, capers, scallions and tarragon to the food processor and pulse into small pieces. Add the mayonnaise, lemon juice, mustard and pepper and pulse to combine.
  2. Remove 1/2 cup tartar sauce to a bowl, cover, and refrigerate. Pour the remaining tartar sauce into the bowl with the cracker crumbs and gently fold together with the egg and crabmeat. Use a 1/4-cup measure to form the mixture 16 crabcakes.
  3. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil and, working in batches, cook the crabcakes until golden brown, about 1 minute per side. Serve with a dollop of the reserved tartar sauce and lemon wedges.
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