Speedy Crab Cakes


Shallow-fry these easy crab cakes on the stovetop to get the perfect crisp crust without the greasy mess of deep-frying. Serve these cakes with Citrus-Arugula Salad (see associated recipe).

Prep Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
4 cakes


  • 1 large egg

  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise

  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • Pinch of salt

  • Pinch of cayenne pepper

  • ¼ cup chopped scallions

  • 12 ounces jumbo lump crabmeat, drained and picked over

  • ¾ cup panko breadcrumbs, preferably whole-wheat

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • Lemon wedges for serving


  1. Whisk egg, mayonnaise, mustard, pepper, salt and cayenne in a medium bowl until combined. Stir in scallions. Add crab and panko; stir to combine. Form the mixture into four 1/2-inch-thick patties.

  2. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add the crab cakes and cook, turning once, until golden brown, 4 to 5 minutes per side. Serve with lemon wedges.

Associated Recipes

Citrus-Arugula Salad

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

265 Calories
15g Fat
11g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 265
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 22g 44%
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 109mg 36%
Vitamin A 148IU 3%
Vitamin C 1mg 1%
Folate 10mcg 3%
Sodium 486mg 21%
Calcium 73mg 6%
Iron 1mg 7%
Magnesium 3mg 1%
Potassium 42mg 1%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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