"cheesecake Factory" Crab Cakes

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 5 mins

Be careful not to stir the crab too much into the other ingredients. Best to fold the mixture gently with a spatula to combine everything. You want the big chunks of tasty crab to stay together as big chunks of tasty crab. Freshly cooked blue crab is the best choice for this recipe; however a good quality canned crab is an acceptable substitute.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Measure all the ingredients for the crab cakes-- except the panko and vegetable oil-- into a large bowl.
  2. Use a spatula to carefully fold the ingredients together.
  3. Be sure not to over stir the mixture or those tasty lumps of crab will fall apart.
  4. The best crab cakes have nice big chunks of crab in'em.
  5. Use your hands or a spoon to fill six cups of a clean muffin tin with equal amounts of the crab mixture.
  6. Press down a bit on each crab cake so that the top is flat.
  7. Don't press too hard or the crab cakes will be hard to get out.
  8. Cover the muffin tin with plastic wrap and pop it in the fridge for a couple hours.
  9. This step will help the cakes stay together when they're browned in the oil.
  10. After the crab cakes have chilled through, heat up about 1/4-inch of vegetable oil in large skillet over medium/low heat.
  11. Fill a shallow bowl with the panko breadcrumbs.
  12. Carefully turn the crab cakes out onto a plate.
  13. Gently roll each crab cake around in the panko breadcrumbs.
  14. Each crab cake should be wearing a light coating of panko.
  15. Test the oil by dropping a pinch of panko into the pan.
  16. It should sizzle.
  17. Sauté the crab cakes in the hot oil for 1 1/2 to 3 minutes on each side or until the cakes are golden brown.
  18. Drain crab cakes on paper towels or a rack very briefly, then serve them up hot with the remoulade sauce alongside in a little dish.
  19. Makes 6 small crab cakes.
  20. Serve with remoulade sauce.
Most Helpful

I had great hopes for these, but maybe I'm just not the right person to eat crab cakes. This is not intended to reflect on the restaurant named here, as I have never been to it. There is quite a lot of crab in these, and the crab I used was excellent. I don't know why I can't taste it, but it is quite disappointing. The first two I fried lost their shape some, but I was able to fry the others all right. I have had crab cakes before, and was unimpressed by them, but I thought there must not have been much crab inside. I could have been wrong. Thank you for an educational experience.

mianbao March 17, 2013

It's a crab flavored BREADBALL. For a POUND of crab, not a half-pound use one rounded to heaping tablespoon of all-purpose flour and an equal amount of mayo plus 1 egg. Make a batter and use just e-nuff to keep the meat together in a ball (not cake) The rest is OK if you like all that stuff; my cakes use a little more mustard, a mix of yellow and Dijon and nothing else. No Old Bay. Secret: Old Bay is mostly celery salt and very bitter. The crab spice most people know as Old Bay is actually made by JO Spice Company and is called JO Crab Spice #2.

dpacel-sellers December 20, 2009

Tonight this will be our 2nd time making your recipe. I thought I lost the link. We really enjoyed the first time. Looking forward to tonight and will bring our chilled cakes to my inlaws tomorrow. Thanks

David Hawkins December 28, 2007