What Are Crab Cakes?
Crab cakes are fish cakes made of crab meat combined with fillers and seasoning. They can be sautéed, baked, grilled, or deep-fried and are very popular in the United States. Their roots stretch back to Native American cuisine from the Chesapeake region, and they were eventually adopted by the settlers and popularized throughout the country.
What Types of Crab Meat Can be Used?
Lump crab meat and jumbo lump crab meat are the best types of crab meat for American crab cakes, but you can also use back fin or claw meat for a less expensive option. You can buy the crab meat either frozen or refrigerated but go for the freshest one you can find. Also, make sure it has been 'hand-picked' or 'fresh-picked for shells and cartilage.
How to Cook Crab Cakes?
There are many ways to cook crab cakes, but frying and baking are the most popular. Aside from these traditional methods, crab cakes can also be air-fried. Just place crab cakes in the air fryer after coating with oil and cook for about 10 minutes at 370 °F.
How to Bake Crab Cakes?
To make baked crab cakes, set your oven to 450 °F and prepare a rimmed baking sheet by greasing it with butter or nonstick cooking spray. Use the measuring cup to portion the crab cake mixture onto the prepared baking sheet, and compact it with your hands or a spoon before brushing with melted butter and baking.
How Long to Bake Crab Cakes?
These jumbo sized crab cakes need to be baked for about 12 to 14 minutes at 450 °F until the edges and top are lightly browned to cook all the way through, but smaller sized cakes generally need to be baked for shorter periods. Mini crab cakes, for example, take less than ten minutes to cook all the way through on high heat.
What to Serve with Crab Cakes?
Crab cakes can be served with grilled vegetables, roasted corn, bread rolls, herbed potatoes, green salad, creamy avocados, chickpeas, gazpacho, corn chowder, or a popular crab cakes sauce like remoulade, tartar sauce, mango purée, and horseradish cream.
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