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Crab Cakes Panko

  • Author: Maxine Dubois
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


These Crab Cakes Panko are made with fresh lump crab meat, panko crumbs, and vegetables and can be fried or baked. 



Crab Cakes

  • 1 lb fresh crab meat
  • ¼ cup finely chopped bell pepper
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons honey mustard
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper
  • ¾ cup panko crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • Lemon wedges, for serving

Chipotle Aioli

  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup chipotle chilies in adobo sauce from a can, drained
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt


  1. Make the chipotle sauce. In a blender or food processor, add the egg yolk, lime juice, garlic, vegetable oil, chipotle chilies and salt. Blend until smooth
  2. Prepare crab cakes. Combine the bell pepper, chives, mayonnaise, mustard, lemon juice, chili powder, pepper, crabmeat, panko crumbs, olive oil and mix with a wooden spoon. Divide the crab mixture and shape into a ball, the size of a ping pong ball. With your fingers, shape into crab cakes.  Place on a plate and repeat with the rest.
  3. Cook the crab cakes. Heat 1 inch deep light vegetable oil in a large saucepan on medium heat and wait for the oil to shimmer. Place the patties in the skillet, a few at a time, and cook until golden brown. About 5 minutes per side. Gently flip with a spatula. Place on a plate lined with paper towel. Repeat with the rest. Garnish with lemon wedges.


  • If you would rather bake in the oven, do so at 450°F for 12-14 minutes, until lightly browned around the edges.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Cooking
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 245.8
  • Sugar: 6.2 g
  • Sodium: 691.7 mg
  • Fat: 5.2 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 22.6 g
  • Fiber: 4.0 g
  • Protein: 27.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 102.8 mg