Whether it’s a special holiday, romantic occasion, or you’re having guests over, these crab cakes and cocktail sauce are a surefire way to impress.
When I visit my family in New Jersey, I eat crab the entire time I am there. I love crab. When I see jumbo lump crabmeat in the store, I always bring some home. For New Year’s Eve, I always try to make something a little extra special and this year was no different. I made a filet and crab cakes (my version of surf and turf).
This recipe is very easy to make and perfect for a romantic dinner for two. You can prep everything ahead of time and sauté the crab cakes right before you are going to serve them. I served this with a simple caprese salad and a glass of champagne, and rang in the new year in style.
Why You Will Love This Recipe //
- The crab cakes are crispy, warm, and pack in a lot of delicious flavors in each bite.
- This zesty, tangy cocktail sauce pairs amazingly with seafood – especially these crab cakes.
- You can make this recipe ahead of time with ease.
- This recipe is perfect for a special occasion or just because, and you can serve it with an array of sides or main dishes.
You may want to make note of the ingredients for the cocktail sauce; I make it regularly for an assortment of seafood dishes.
The Crab Cakes:
- 1 lb jumbo lump crabmeat
- 1/3 cup Saltine crackers, crushed
- 3 green onions, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup red bell pepper, chopped
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp dry mustard
- 1/2 lemon, juiced
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup Saltine crackers, crushed
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1/4 cup butter
The Cocktail Sauce:
- 1/2 cup chili sauce
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 3 tbsp horseradish
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- hot sauce, to taste
How to Make Crab Cakes and Cocktail Sauce // The Steps
Step 1: In a large bowl, mix together all of the crab cake ingredients except the crabmeat.
Step 2: Gently fold the crabmeat in. You spent a lot of money on crabmeat, so it is nice to keep it as a whole as possible.
Step 3: Line a baking sheet with tin foil, form the crab into patties, and chill in the fridge for at least an hour. There is not a lot of filler in these crab cakes, so chilling them really helps hold them together.
Step 4: Combine together the Saltines and flour in a small bowl for dredging.
Step 5: Dredge the crab cakes in the mixture of flour and Saltine crackers.
Step 6: In a large sauté pan over medium heat, melt together the butter and oil. Cook the crab cakes for about 4 minutes or until golden brown. Flip the crab cake over and brown the other side.
Step 7: Mix the cocktail sauce ingredients together in a bowl.
Step 8: Put the cocktail sauce in a ramekin or other dipping container and serve with the crab cakes.
Variations to This Sauce //
Traditional cocktail sauce consists primarily of ketchup and horseradish. Aside from citrus and Worcestershire, another component that I added is chili sauce or any form of hot sauce. I discovered during one of my European trips that over there, cocktail sauce consists of mayo and ketchup similar to fry sauce or thousand island dressing. If horseradish isn’t available, hot sauce is a great substitute to get that pungent taste. A small amount of wasabi can also be used to get that radish-y taste, but with less heat.
Serving Suggestions //
These crab cakes and cocktail sauce are extremely versatile. Serve them for brunch, lunch, dinner, or an appetizer. I like to plate mine with a cucumber tomato salad for a light meal. You could also serve it with even more seafood, like roasted shrimp cocktail, and a side of creamy grits.
There’s remoulade which is a mayonnaise-based French sauce. I also like spicy chipotle sauce made from real chilis. But in truth, any creamy or tangy sauce should pair well with these crab cakes.
Your crab cakes will keep in the fridge when chilling, so you can prepare these the night before and wrap them in plastic wrap before dredging. The next day, when you’re ready to serve, simply dredge and sauté them, then serve them hot. The cocktail sauce can be prepared days in advance as well.
Absolutely! You could broil them, or line a baking sheet and bake them. Just keep an eye on your crab cakes because cooking times will vary.
How to Store Crab Cakes and Cocktail Sauce //
Crab cakes are best kept in the refrigerator rather than the freezer. You can keep them wrapped in plastic wrap, in a Ziploc bag, or in an airtight container for up to 4 days. When you want to reheat them, either bake your crab cakes at 375°F for about 10 to 12 minutes, or warm them on the stove top on each side until heated through.
When it comes to the cocktail sauce, because of the lemon’s acidity and the sauce’s naturally low PH, your sauce will be preserved for up to 2 weeks. You can store this in the fridge in a squeeze bottle or an airtight jar and you’ll have a flavorful sauce anytime.
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Tuesday 31st of December 2013
Q---ASSUME YOU COULD MAKE AND FREEZE--- G
Sunday 5th of January 2014
No, I would never freeze crabmeat. In fact, I only will eat these the day that I make them.
Sunday 25th of August 2013
Can these be baked instead of fried? Can't eat fried food.
Sunday 25th of August 2013
You could broil them.