best quality mayonnaise
1/4 teaspoon Coleman's dry mustard or 1/4 teaspoon
spicy Dijon mustard
fresh lemon juice
extra fine cracker meal
large lump crabmeat, gently picked over to remove any shell without breaking up the big pieces of crab
1 1/2 cups
fresh white breadcrumbs, made in a food processor from plain grocery-store fresh white bread, crusts cut off
- Whisk the mayonnaise and egg white together in a small bowl until well blended. Add the cayenne pepper, seafood seasoning, dry mustard, lemon juice, and cracker meal and whisk until well blended. Carefully fold in the crabmeat.
- Divide the mixture into 6 equal parts of 4 ounces each, (or 12 equal parts of 2 ounces each), and gently pat them into the round shapes of crab cakes.
- Gently coat the cakes with the fresh breadcrumbs. Place them on a platter lined with wax paper, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate them for 1 hour or until ready to cook.
- When ready to serve, heat the oil and butter in a heavy-bottomed sauté pan over medium-high heat. Sauté the 4 ounce crab cakes for 1 minute and 45 seconds on each side, turning once.
- Sauté the 2 ounce crab cakes for 1 minute and 15 seconds on each side, turning once. The crab cakes will be nicely browned on the outside, but still very moist and creamy on the inside.
- When cooked, remove the crab cakes from the pan and drain them briefly on paper towels.
- Serve immediately or keep warm in a 200° F oven for up to 15 minutes. If the crab cakes stay in the oven longer, they will dry out.
- NOTE: Using extra fine cracker meal is the secret to the creamy texture of these cakes.