Crisp Crab Cakes with Chipotle Mayonnaise


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Crisp Crab Cakes with Chipotle Mayonnaise
You don’t have to be from Maryland to master this crispy-sweet seafood dish. Here, 12 easy and delicious recipes for restaurant-worthy crab cakes. Photo: © Seth Smoot
Active Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
1 hr


Crab Cakes

  • 1/4 pound skinless cod or flounder fillet, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

  • 5 scallions, thinly sliced

  • 3 jalapeños, seeded and minced

  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley

  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise

  • 1 pound lump crabmeat, picked over

  • 1 1/2 cups panko bread crumbs

Chipotle Mayonnaise

  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise

  • 1 chipotle chile in adobo, seeded and minced

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning

  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

  • Pure olive oil, for frying


  1. In a mini food processor, puree the fish. Transfer to a large bowl and add the scallions, jalapeños, lemon juice, parsley, cayenne, salt, pepper and mayonnaise and mix thoroughly. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold in the crabmeat. Form the mixture into 8 cakes. Coat the cakes with the panko and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

  2. In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, chipotle, lemon juice, Old Bay and mustard and season with salt and black pepper. Cover and refrigerate.

  3. In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1/4 inch of olive oil until shimmering. Add the crab cakes and cook over moderate heat until browned and heated through, about 3 minutes per side. Serve the crab cakes with the chipotle mayonnaise.

Make Ahead

The chipotle mayonnaise can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.

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