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16 Crab Cake Recipes That Are Packed With Flavor

Updated on June 26, 2024

Less is more when you're making crab cakes. Stick to just a handful of top-quality ingredients and you'll be turning out some seriously delicious bites in no time.

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Our Best Ideas for Crab Cakes

Jumbo lump crab meat, fresh herbs and fragrant seasonings, a creamy rémoulade for topping—is there anything more deliciously decadent than crab cakes? We don’t think so. Whether you pan-fry them until gloriously golden-brown and serve them at a dinner party or crisp them up in the oven for a summer weeknight meal, they never disappoint.

If you've never made your own at home before, these recipes will make you want to try. Crab cakes are surprisingly easy to make from scratch—and you'll get excellent results as long as you use top-notch ingredients. We've got lots of recipes to guide you, but there's no better place to start than our all-time-best recipe. When we set out to make the "best" crab cakes, opinions in the test kitchen were strong and varied. But we could all agree on plenty of fresh, high-quality crabmeat with very little filler. After some tinkering, we created these cakes (generously sized and highly seasoned) with plenty of lemon juice, fresh herbs and spices. The jumbo lump crabmeat is front and center, so splurge on the best and freshest you can find.

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Mini Crab Cakes with Mustard Crème Fraîche

These crowd-pleasing crab cakes are a no-brainer for parties and get-togethers. They're easy to make — and ready in under an hour. Plus, their size makes them just as perfect for cocktail hours and cookouts as formal sit-down dinners.

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Crab Cake Sandwiches for a Crowd

Treat your guests to these decadent crab cake sandwiches, piled high with fresh crab meat and served on warm buttery brioche buns. There’s no need to form or fry individual patties in this streamlined recipe – simply spread the crab cake mixture onto the rolls and bake them until the crab develops a golden-brown crust and the brioche toasts to a light crunch. To make things even easier, the sauce that coats the crab does double duty as a tangy spread for the sandwich.

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The Ultimate Crab Cakes

Wondering what sets these crab cakes apart? We like to think it's all the extra homemade goodness that's packed inside. From the do-it-yourself breadcrumbs to the made-from-scratch aoili, there are plenty of fresh ingredients in every bite.

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