Key West Style Crab Cakes

Total Time
Prep 45 mins
Cook 6 mins

Got this recipe from a cookbook my husband & I picked up on our honeymoon in the Keys. A few years later, stuck in snowy, land-locked IA where we live, we decided to make up a few batches of these with some Rum Runners and have a "Wish We Were in Key West" dinner party with a few friends.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 lb crabmeat (I use canned,lump)
  • 2 slices bacon (cooked crisp & crumbled)
  • 2 tablespoons onions (minced)
  • 12 red bell pepper (cleaned & chopped fine)
  • 12 green bell pepper (cleaned & chopped fine)
  • 1 celery rib (chopped fine)
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 14 cup fresh herb (parsley, cilantro, basil)
  • 3 -4 tablespoons breadcrumbs
  • 1 12 teaspoons Old Bay Seasoning
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 pinch cayenne
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 1 -2 tablespoon heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons butter or 3 tablespoons oil


  1. When preparing bacon, remove from pan and sautee onions, peppers, celery & garlic in bacon drippings.
  2. Transfer to a bowl, add crabmeat, herbs& breadcrumbs.
  3. Fold in egg & cream.
  4. Form into patties, size of your choice.
  5. Wrap & refrigerate atleast 30 minutes.
  6. Pan fry cakes in butter/oil til crispy on both sides, approximately 3 minutes per side.
  7. Serve with horseradish/mustard sauce.


Most Helpful

I'm so glad I finally got around to trying these wonderful crabcakes! I used king crab and also used probably a bit more breadcrumbs than called for because I was having a bit of difficulty getting the patties to hold together. I served them with recipe #71038 which was the perfect sauce for these crabcakes. We enjoyed them so much! Thank you!

Bev September 01, 2007

Wow ~ these were excellent! First off, I left out the bacon since DH will not eat any recipe with bacon in it. Other than that, I made as posted and I don't think we missed the bacon flavor at all. I made the cakes small ~ I got 14 out of the recipe ~ and I served with my own cocktail sauce. Thesse will be made quite often in our house ~ thanks for posting a keeper!

Lvs2Cook May 25, 2006

This recipe deserves alot more stars than I can give! My DH devoured these! I was able to make six cakes from this recipe, I guess I made them smaller than I was supposed to. Definitly making these again this week. I made a cocktail sauce with horseradish and ketchup to serve with the cakes. Thanks Parrot Head Mama for a delicious recipe!

RecipeNut October 02, 2004

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