Dungeness Crab Cakes

Dungeness crab, a Northwest favorite, is really a must for this recipe, but if you can’t find it and need to make a substitution, lump crab meat will do. Serve these with a dollop of Spicy Remoulade for the perfect start to your meal. A note about the cost… you can expect to pay $30 per pound or more for fresh Dungeness crab. It’s a bit of a splurge, but the flavor is totally worth it.

Dungeness Crab Cakes


  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Tabasco sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground pepper
  • 5 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 cups homemade toasted bread crumbs* *To make bread crumbs, place slices of white bread in the oven. Toast until dry. Place in a food processor and process to small crumbs.
  • 3/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tsp. chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1/4 cup chopped white onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped yellow bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 lb. Dungeness crab meat, drained, leg meat broken up
  • 5 Tbsp. butter
  • 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil


  • Combine the egg, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco, mustard and black pepper in a food processor and pulse to combine. With the motor running, slowly drizzle in the olive oil until the mixture forms a loose mayonnaise. Set aside.
  • Place the bread crumbs in a small bowl and toss with 1/2 cup of chopped parsley.
  • In a large bowl, combine the onion, bell pepper, and remaining 1/4 cup parsley, basil and rosemary.
  • Add the homemade mayonnaise and crab meat and mix lightly to combine.
  • Gently fold 1 cup of the bread crumbs into the crab. Be careful not to overwork the mixture.
  • Gently form 8 patties and dredge them lightly in the remaining bread crumb mixture to coat. Set aside the leftover bread crumbs.
  • Cover the crab cakes with plastic wrap and let rest in the refrigerator for at least 1/2 hour.
  • Place a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the butter and oil. When the butter has melted, add the crab cakes.
  • Cook, turning once, until both sides are golden brown and the crab cakes are heated through.
  • Serve with the sauce of your choice and a wedge of lemon.
  • (If you do not have a very large non-stick pan, cook in two batches, using 2 and 1/2 Tbsp. of butter and 1 Tbsp. butter for each batch.)
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