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How to Make Crab Cakes with Canned Crab

How to Make Crab Cakes with Canned Crab

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Do you love crab cakes but don’t want to spend a fortune on them? Are you looking for an easy recipe that doesn’t require a lot of time or ingredients? If so, then this is the recipe for you! In today’s post, we are going to show you how to make crab cakes with canned crab. This recipe is budget-friendly and very easy to follow. You only need a few simple ingredients – mostly spices you already have, and the end result is delicious!

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Is Canned Crab Meat Decent?

There are so many things to consider when looking at how to make crab cakes with canned crab. Most people want to know, “Is canned crab meat good for crab cakes?” They think that by not living on the coast, the majority of the country has no access to fresh crab and has to settle for a sub-standard version. Canned crab is an excellent choice when you don’t have fresh crab available, or are short on time.

What is the Best Canned Crab Meat?

The next big question is, “What is the best canned crab meat?” The highest-priced item doesn’t always make the difference here, in fact, one of the best options (and a good budget-friendly option) is Chicken of the Sea Fancy Crab. It is more affordable than the slightly higher-rated Miller’s Select Claw Crab Meat and a winner in our book.

What goes well with crab cakes?

Finally, people want to know what to serve with these little mounds of flaky goodness. Coleslaw is always a winner, as it is a seafood dish. We also like herbed mashed potatoes or even a nice tossed green salad. If you are making smaller ones to serve as an appetizer? A nice remoulade sauce is just the ticket.

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How do you store leftover crab cakes?


If you are lucky enough to have any leftover crab cakes, how do you store them so that they stay fresh? The best way to store crab cakes is by wrapping them tightly in plastic wrap and placing them in an airtight container. They should last for up to four days in the fridge like this.

So, without further ado, let’s get started on how to make crab cakes with canned crab! The recipe is very simple, as you will see.

How to Make Crab Cakes with Canned Crab

That all being said, let us get right down to making Southern Crab cakes! This recipe serves four, only takes about 30 minutes of prep time, and is fully cooked in about another 10 minutes. I would not suggest making this too far in advance as the Panko bread crumbs will get soggy.

Crab Cakes Ingredients:

  • 2 1 lb canned lump crab meat
  • 2 large eggs beaten
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 4 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Old Bay seasoning
  • 2 tsp. Cajun spice
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Spicy Tartar Sauce

  • 4 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp hot sauce
  • 1 tsp. Cajun spice
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How to make crab cakes with canned crab:

In a medium bowl, stir together eggs, mayo, dijon mustard, Worcestershire, lemon juice, garlic powder, Old Bay seasoning, and the cajun spice.

Now add the crab, parsley, and panko crumbs.

Fold to combine all ingredients, but Do NOT stir. Stirring will break the crab up more.

Use a regular-sized ice cream scoop, scoop out your crab mixture, and roll it into a ball.

Now form them into patties by pressing lightly down on the crab ball.

Refrigerate crab cakes for 20 minutes on a parchment-covered baking pan and place another parchment paper on top of the crab cakes.

Heat oil in a frying pan big enough to hold half of the crab cakes.

Add the crab cakes and cook for 4-5 minutes on each side.

Pro Tip: You may need to add a little more oil, if necessary while pan-frying.

The Spicy Tarter Sauce is perfect for dipping these bad boys into it and is very easy to make. In a small bowl, add all ingredients for the dipping sauce and stir to combine. 

Serve immediately for optimal results.

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FAQs :

Q: Can I use frozen crab meat instead of canned?

A: Yes, you can. Just make sure it is thawed before using.

Q: What can I do if my crab cakes fall apart when frying?

A: You could try adding an extra egg to the mixture next time or using a little more mayonnaise. If they are still falling apart, try refrigerating them for a little longer before frying.

Q: Can I make these ahead of time?

A: Yes, you can make them ahead of time, but we do not suggest doing so more than one day in advance as the bread crumbs may get soggy. Just store them in an airtight container in the fridge and then fry them when you are ready to eat.

Q: What can I serve with my crab cakes?

A: Coleslaw is always a great option, as well as herbed mashed potatoes or a green salad. If you are making smaller crab cakes as an appetizer, try serving them with a remoulade sauce.

So there you have it! Our favorite recipe for how to make crab cakes with canned crab. This dish is budget-friendly, easy to make, and tastes delicious. We hope you enjoy it!

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