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Pico Crab Cakes

Caught some lump Blue Crab on sale and thought it was about high time to make some crab cakes. Was a little pissed when I thawed the crab because I think it was crabs from the Orient which is a lot less than what I consider “lump” crab. If these were Blue Crab they were babies. Never the less the flavor was on point and I’d do these again with any crab from a sea.
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish
Style American, Texan
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 283kcal
Author Shawn


Crab Cakes

  • 1 pound Blue Crab (lump or what’s available)
  • 1/4 cup Pico De Gallo
  • 2 oz egg (1 egg scrambled)
  • 4 tbs panko bread crumbs
  • 4 tbs parmigiana (grated)
  • 2 tbs butter
  • 2 tbs mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp Cottonmouth
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil

Pico De Gallo

  • 7 oz tomato raw (about 1 medium)
  • 1 oz jalapeno (1 jalapeno)
  • 2 oz onion (1/4 a medium onion)
  • 1 tbs cilantro (chopped or hand torn)
  • 1 tsp garlic (1 clove)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1.5 tbs lime (half a lime squeezed optional)


  • Make your Pico De Gallo. Our recipe is here.
  • In a 4 quart bowl get your crab clean from shells.
  • Melt the butter in a glass for 20 seconds in the microwave.
  • Add everything in the bowl of crab. EXCEPT the the vegetable oil.
  • Mix the crab bowl well carefully trying to not break up crab meat too much.
  • Make patties out of your crab mixture about 4” dia 1/2” thick. Much like a hamburger my batch made 6 patties.
  • Lay crab patties on a plate, cover, and place in refrigerator 20-30 minutes.
  • Get a large pan to medium low heat. 250° to 324°
  • Once the pan is hot pour in the vegetable oil.
  • Careful the patties will break apart easily.
  • Place 4 patties (as many as your pan will fit but not over crowded in the hot oil.
  • Cook for 2 minutes until golden brown.
  • With a spatula delicately flip the patties and cook and additional 2 minutes or golden brown.
  • Remove cooked crab cakes to a clean plate and finish cooking the remaining patties.
  • Serve as appetizer or on top of your favorite grilled steak.
  • Bon appétit!


Pic with beef tenderloin and garlic mashed potatoes.

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➕ Nutrition
Nutrition Facts
Pico Crab Cakes
Amount Per Serving (355 g)
Calories 283 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 81mg27%
Sodium 1175mg51%
Potassium 315mg9%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 18g36%
Vitamin A 865IU17%
Vitamin C 17.2mg21%
Calcium 102mg10%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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