Crab Cakes

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Crabmeat is the star in these delicately seasoned cakes.

Crab Cakes

Makes: 6 servings

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  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 pound lump crabmeat, fresh or frozen and thawed, picked over and patted dry
  • 3/4 cup fresh breadcrumbs, (see Tip)
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 scallion, trimmed and minced
  • 3 tablespoons finely diced red bell pepper
  • 3 tablespoons finely diced green bell pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup fine dry breadcrumbs
  • Lemon wedges for garnish


  1. Stir egg white briskly with a fork. Add crabmeat, fresh breadcrumbs, mayonnaise, lemon juice, scallions, red and green bell peppers, parsley, Old Bay seasoning and pepper; mix well.
  2. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray. Put the dry breadcrumbs in a shallow dish. Form the crab mixture into six 1/2-inch-thick patties. Lay each patty in the dry breadcrumbs, and then turn each to coat them well on all sides. Pat the crab cakes firmly into rounds and then place them on the prepared baking sheet.
  3. Preheat the broiler. Broil the crab cakes until nicely browned, 4 to 5 minutes. Turn them gently and broil until heated through and browned, 4 to 5 minutes longer. Serve hot, with lemon wedges.

Tips & Notes

  • Tip: To make fresh breadcrumbs: Trim crusts from firm sandwich bread. Tear bread into pieces and process in a food processor until coarse crumbs form. One slice of bread makes about 1/3 cup crumbs.


Per serving: 154 calories; 3 g fat (1 g sat, 1 g mono); 60 mg cholesterol; 14 g carbohydrates; 17 g protein; 1 g fiber; 511 mg sodium; 321 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Selenium (48% daily value), Vitamin C (26% dv), Zinc (20% dv), Folate (18% dv).

Carbohydrate Servings: 1

Exchanges: 1 starch, 2 very lean meat

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