Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 10 mins

Don't let the title fool you, these are so good! I adapted them from a regular crab cake recipe on Allrecipes when our grocer had imitation crab on sale. The crab cakes may need 2 eggs as reviewers have noted, it depends on how moist your imitation crab is and how finely you flake it. The cakes won't seem to hold together well but they will cook up nicely, just be sure to make them small and carefully flip them when they're nice and brown on the bottom. I've also made these with finely diced red pepper and cilantro, omitting the green onions, and that is probably our new favorite way to prep.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a non-stick skillet over medium heat.
  2. Saute green onions briefly until tender.
  3. Combine crabmeat, sauteed green onions, egg, mayonnaise, dry mustard, crushed crackers, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, Old Bay seasoning, lemon, salt and pepper with your hands. Work the ingredients together so they start to stick together.
  4. Form into 1/2 inch thick patties.
  5. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in the non-stick skillet over medium-medium high heat. * works really well on a flat griddle.
  6. Cook cakes until nicely browned on each side.
  7. Drain briefly on paper towels and serve hot.
Most Helpful

5 5

My husband and I are very picky about crab cakes and this was an awesome recipe. The only thing i did different was add an extra egg to the mixture to make it bind better (if you use 1lb of meat). I also used panko in the mixture and coated the outside of the patties with egg and panko to give it an extra crunch.

5 5

I made this for my son for lunch today. I don't know but I'm thinking that some restaurants we have gone to are passing off imitation crab for the real stuff now that I've tried this recipe. Thanks for the tasty recipe. (I used panko bread crumbs since I had no crackers.)

I ended up substituting a lot of parts of this recipe because I was missing some things... blue cheese dressing instead of light mayo, Aroy-D chili paste instead of cayenne pepper, lime juice instead of lemon and no Old Bay seasoning. I reduced the amount of onion since my girlfriend and I aren't fond enough of onions to throw three (I halved the recipe to make 4 crab cakes) into one dish. Tasted awesome, definitely gonna make it again.