5 Best Sauces for Crab Cakes

Master this seafood dish with amazing DIY sauces.

Spicy Crab Cakes with Mango Puree

You don't have to be from Maryland to make restaurant-worthy crab cakes. All you need is one really great recipe and a delicious dipping sauce beyond the basic store-bought tartar. From sweet mango puree to smoky chipotle mayo, here are five terrific sauces for crab cakes.

Crab Cakes with Smoky Onion Remoulade

Crab Cakes with Smoky Onion Remoulade
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Chef Marc Forgione pairs these crab-studded cakes with a smoky onion remoulade at American Cut in Manhattan. At the restaurant, he smokes onions, but the sauce is also great made with charred onions and smoked salt.

Crispy Crab Cakes with Tomato Butter

Crispy crab cakes with tomato butter
Jennifer Causey

The late chef Patrick Clark's crab cakes at Tavern on the Green were legendary, taking on a pop of flavor from chopped fresh jalapeño and a crispy exterior from panko and served with a generous spread of rich and creamy roasted tomato butter.

Spicy Crab Cakes with Mango Puree

Spicy Crab Cakes with Mango Puree

A simple mango puree adds a delicious sweet and spicy balance to these crispy crab cakes.

Crisp Crab Cakes with Chipotle Mayonnaise

12 Ways to Make the Best-Ever Crab Cakes

Minced chipotle chile in adobo adds terrific heat to this smoky crab cake sauce.

Crab Cakes with Horseradish Cream


A mixture of sour cream and horseradish provides a lively accompaniment to these crispy crab cakes.

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