Crab Cakes with Rémoulade Sauce – Day 9 of the 12 Days of Canapés – 2011

Have you ever ordered a crab cake in a restaurant only to find that when it arrives it tastes like a lot more like salmon or shrimp or mayonnaise and not necessarily like crab? I have experienced this more than once and it always makes me grumpy.

I have absolutely nothing against salmon cakes, or halibut cakes or seafood cakes but if I order a crab cake I don’t want something that is mostly made from some other seafood or breadcrumbs or vegetables. I know that crab meat is expensive but like so many other food related things, I would rather have a little less of something real and true than a little more of something made with fillers or “lite” or fake ingredients.

This recipe comes from The New Best Recipe from those fine folks over at Cook’s Illustrated Magazine and this has been my go-to recipe when making crab cakes at home for years. Theses taste like crab, complemented with some fresh herbs and spices and are pretty straight forward to make. You will want to chill them for at least 30 minutes so that they hold together when they are pan-fried and use vegetable oil in a cast iron or non-stick skillet over medium heat. Other than that you are good to go.

I made these as one of the hors d’oeuvres for our Christmas Eve dinner and they were a hit. In fact, they always are, to the point that people tend to hover right around the stove and try to grab a crab cake before they even hit the serving platter and can be garnished with a dollop of homemade rémoulade sauce. It may be a bit of a free-for-all, slapping away people’s hands while trying to plate these, but it sure makes you feel loved as the cook!

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4 Responses to Crab Cakes with Rémoulade Sauce – Day 9 of the 12 Days of Canapés – 2011

  1. Tracy says:

    When I saw “Crab Cakes”, I rushed to read the recipe. So happy to see Old Bay was used.

  2. gail monteen bourne says:

    Having a few friends over and this awesome canape is going to be displayed on my most beautiful silver serving tray front and center… served with a very chilled white wine..Happy-Happy New Year to you and all of your family.

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