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Green Onion Crab Cakes

Ask 50 cooks and you’ll get 50 recipes for crab cakes…

Sometimes, they end up tasting like all of the ingredients, except the crab meat.  This crab cake recipe actually brings out the great crab flavor, which is just what it should do, even if it is canned crabmeat.  It’s not exactly a penny pinching meal, so I want it to have the flavor that is intended!

Living here in a small town, just Northwest of Chicago, we don’t have access to the great fresh crab that you all enjoy on the coast lines.  So I am curious ~~~ what type of crab do you think is best, and why?  Is it Maryland Blue Crab or Dungenous Crab in San Francisco?  I just know I’m jealous of all of you that enjoy it fresh!

Maryland blue crab
San Francisco dungeness crab
Our "fresh" crabmeat

These green onion crab cakes are nice and crispy on the outside and tender, moist and chock full of crab meat on the inside.  A good simple meal!

Green Onion Crab Cakes


1 egg, beaten
3 tablespoons green onion tops
3 teaspoons chili garlic sauce
1 teaspoon brown mustard
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 pound lump crabmeat, drained and picked over for shells
4 teaspoons milk
6 saltine crackers, finely crushed
¾ cup Panko bread crumbs for coating
3 tablespoons olive oil or butter, for frying
Tartar sauce or lemon wedges


In a small bowl, combine egg, onions, chili garlic sauce, brown mustard and mayonnaise well.  Set aside.
Lightly break up crabmeat in a medium bowl.
Add milk and toss to coat crabmeat.
Add egg mixture to crabmeat and toss gently.
Add cracker crumbs and combine.
Gather mixture and form into 6 patties.
Coat crab cakes with Panko bread crumbs.
Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before frying to prevent the crab cakes from falling apart as they cook.
Fry until golden.
Serve with tartar sauce or lemon wedges.



  1. Hello dear Pam:) what is this? certainly a little piece of heaven :)
    so Yum!!! kisses and hugs:)

  2. Your crab cakes look so good Pam. I don't have access to fresh crab either, so I'm excited to have your recipe! I had crab cakes over the weekend at a restaurant and have been wanting more since then. Thanks for posting!

  3. Look really delicious I love crab cakes Pam!:)

  4. This had me drooling, literally.

  5. Muy diferente a lo que se hace por aquí, delicioso.


  6. Fresh crab is not cheap here, I am sure it would work out cheaper. (and easier.) for me to go with tinned crab :) Diane

  7. Crab cakes not tasting like crab is a problem...I'm not on the coast and I can buy live crab at a couple Asian grocery stores here...don't know if you have anything around you like that? Yours do look great!

  8. Amoridoce by coradinha, you bet! This must be what heaven tastes like! Kisses and hugs to you...

    Lynda, you're welcome and thank you! We'll just have to made-do with the canned variety, short of taking a trip.

    Gloria, thanks! Aren't they great? Good and easy!

    Loveforfood, good! These are really worth drooling over!

    jose manuel, gracias! Ahora estoy curioso como usted hace platos de cangrejo!

    Diane, yes, the canned is less costly here, but still a little pricey.

    Bo, interesting! We have Asian grocery stores here but I don't recall seeing live crab in them, so I'll have to check that out. Thanks!

  9. This sounds mighty good Pam, I have always wanted to make crab cakes and just didn't know which one of these 50 recipes I should try! :) I like these lovely ingredients in this one. Actually my daughter is the one that has been wanting to make them...I'll show her this recipe. I really don't know which crab is best! I'll have to research that now!

  10. YUM! Crab cakes are such a special treat. I don't really have access to fresh crab, so it's canned for me, but that's not so bad, is it?

  11. Lyndsey, these are really good, in my opinion. I've tried so many recipes for it and am not sure why this is a little different, maybe the chili sauce. It's a hard decision, trying to decide which recipe to make when involving something like crabmeat but I hope you give this one a try!

    Tracy, you made me laugh! No, the canned version isn't so bad; in fact, I think it's really pretty good ~ I can think of a lot of things worse! lol

  12. Hi again lovely Pam:) I was sad to know that you can't comment on my blog! don't know what has happened. But I don't mind, I always come back to see the wonderful news and recipes,and I'm glad that you come to my blog too :) Kisses and good night.

  13. Your crab cakes look scrumptious and I love the chili sauce and green onions in them! I lived in Maryland for a long time and I have to say that the Maryland Blue Crabs are out of this world ! And our Louisiana Blue Crabs are fabulous, too, so it's hard to pick one, over the other, for the best crabs. :)

  14. These looks delicious! I would dip with spicy chili sauce with tartar sauce, yum!

  15. Hi Pam - you're so right about so many crab cakes not tasting of crab - I went off them for a while for that reason! We have great local crabs here but ironically most of it gets shipped overseas as there isn't the taste for it - crazy huh! I'm definitely going to be trying these x

  16. Looks great Pam! I sent you an award on my blog!

  17. I adore crab cakes!! These look amazing, Pam. I love that your fresh crab is the same as mine :)

  18. Yep, that 3rd picture - the can - is the kind of crab we have in Montana ;)

  19. I tend to buy crab from Maine ... it comes in a salt brine and is already shelled and packed. It's expensive! So ... crabcakes and such are infrequent, but highly prized in this house!

    Your recipe looks wonderful! I have bookmarked it!

  20. Claudia, thanks!

    Amoridoce by coradinha, thanks for stopping by! I'll keep trying!

    Marguerite, it's good to "see" you! That's it---I have to go by your way and get those crabs. They have to be fantastic!

    kitchen flavours, good idea dipping with spicy chili sauce! I will do that the next time! Thanks for the suggestion!

    freerangegirl, yes! That does sound sort of crazy! I just wish they were shipped here. I hope you try this--I think they're pretty good!

    Ashley, thanks so much! Have a good weekend!

    Jenn, lol It works for me! Have a great weekend!

    Karen, that can of crabmeat gets around!

  21. Yes, so hard to find good crab meat in our a area! I love a good crab cake recipe and these sound so delicious with the green onions.

  22. I have always wanted to try making crab cakes and this recipe looks so doable. Thanks.

  23. My fresh crabmeat would be the same as yours. LOL 'land locked' dry, desert Nevada!

    I love crab cakes tho...and want to give these a try.

  24. We love our crab cakes here in the Pacific NW and its strictly Dungeness that we use. This year's catch is light and prices are high so its a treat we don't enjoy too often. Your recipe looks delicious, Pam. We like lots of crab in our cakes too.

  25. Dear Pam, These crab cakes look juicy and delicious! They sound like a real treat! Have a wonderful weekend my dear! Blessings, your friend, Catherine xo

  26. Crab cakes... one of my fav dishes! Yours sounds delish!

  27. I prefer Dungeoness when we can get them.

  28. Susan, it sounds great up your way and I can imagine how delicious they are, a great treat! Lucky you!

    SavoringTime in the Kitchen, thanks! I feel your pain.

    Glenda, thanks! It is!

    Debbie, then the canned stuff works pretty good for you too!

    Cathy, lucky you! I'm sure they are excellent in your area. I love to have them fresh!

    Catherine, thanks! You have a great weekend also. Hugs

    Madge, I hear you, me too! Thank you!

    Chris, sounds good to me!

  29. These crab cakes look wonderful, I would need to vote for the crab from San Fran. It has a much sweeter taste.

  30. I'm sure after having these crab cake there'll be no more Blue Monday! :o)
    Thanks for this luscious recipe.
    Hope you're having a great week ahead, Pam.

  31. I live in a small town in New Mexico, so a recipe using canned crab is perfect for me. Thanks!

  32. What kind of crab? That's easy- fried softshell crab slapped between two pieces of bread!


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