Cajun Crab Cakes

Cajun Crab Cakes - If you can buy good lump crab, that's the easier way to go. This is a great recipe from James Beard book awards finalist!!

Summary: If you can buy good lump crab, that’s the easier way to go. This is a great recipe from James Beard book awards finalist!!


  • 1 pound best-quality lump crab meat (not pasteurized)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ½ small onion, finely chopped
  • ½ poblano chile, stemmed, seeded, and finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pure chile powder (like ancho, New Mexico, or chipotle)
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon Creole (or whole-grain) mustard
  • Several dashes of Louisiana hot sauce
  • 1 scallion (white and green parts), finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped Italian parsley
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • ¾ cup fresh bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, plus more as needed


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