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Bambou Crab Cakes

Herb Wilson's crab cakes are one of Bambou's best sellers. He serves them with a drizzle of molasses glaze for a lightly sweet Caribbean flavor.

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  • Servings: 8

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  • 1 1/2 pounds fresh lump crabmeat, picked over
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 2 cups fresh bread crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup unsulphured molasses
  • 3 medium tomatoes, sliced crosswise 1/4 inch thick
  • 8 fresh basil sprigs
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon Chive Oil


  1. In a large bowl, gently mix the crabmeat, mayonnaise, red bell pepper, onion, Old Bay Seasoning, salt and pepper. Stir in 1 cup of the bread crumbs and shape the mixture into eight 4-inch crab cakes. Spread the remaining 1 cup of bread crumbs on a plate and coat each cake with the crumbs. Set the crab cakes on a baking sheet, cover and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes or up to 4 hours.
  2. In a large skillet, melt 1 1/2 tablespoons of the butter in a 2 tablespoons of the butter in 2 tablespoons of the oil. Add 4 of the crab cakes to the skillet and cook over moderate heat, turning once, until crusty, golden brown and heated through, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a baking sheet and keep warm in a low oven while you cook the remaining crab cakes in the remaining butter and oil.
  3. Meanwhile, in a small nonreactive skillet, combine the balsamic vinegar and molasses and simmer over low heat until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes.
  4. Arrange the tomato slices in the center of 8 plates and set the crab cakes on top. Garnish with a basil sprig. Drizzle 2 teaspoons of the molasses glaze and 1/2 teaspoons of the molasses glaze and 1/2 teaspoon of the Chive Oil around each serving.
Published June 1997

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