Crab Cake Sauce Recipes for the Best Ever Crab Cakes

Crab cakes are made by combining fresh or canned crab meat with bread crumbs, milk, onions, mayonnaise, eggs and various spices and seasonings. Various other ingredients are often added such as chopped red or green peppers, coriander or basil.

The mixture is formed into small round and flattened cakes, that are grilled, sauteed, deep fried, barebcued or baked. Sometimes, moderate sized cakes are filled with stuffing of various type and served on hamburger buns.

Gourmet crab cakes, served in many restaurants, do not have fillings, but are made from freshly cooked crab meat that is left chunks and served as an accompaniment to other seafood dishes or as an entrée or starter.

Crab cakes made from fresh blue crabs or other local crabs are much better than canned crab, though this can be used if no fresh crab meat is available.

What really makes any crab dish special is the sauce. This article provides a collection of the best crab sauce recipes and the best ever crab cake recipes for you to try at home.

Crab cakes resemble salmon patties. They are easy to prepare and cook
Crab cakes resemble salmon patties. They are easy to prepare and cook | Source
Crab cakes can be served as a main dish, an appetizer or as a snack. They are ideal as a party food
Crab cakes can be served as a main dish, an appetizer or as a snack. They are ideal as a party food | Source
Crab cakes pair well with steamed or grilled green vegetables such as asparagus or broccolini.
Crab cakes pair well with steamed or grilled green vegetables such as asparagus or broccolini. | Source
Small crab cakes are a delightful party or snack food
Small crab cakes are a delightful party or snack food | Source
Crab cakes pair well with fresh herbs and fruit, especially seafood
Crab cakes pair well with fresh herbs and fruit, especially seafood | Source
Crab cakes can be very healthy if you use wholemeal flour and drain the cakes well after frying. Better still bake the cakes rather than frying
Crab cakes can be very healthy if you use wholemeal flour and drain the cakes well after frying. Better still bake the cakes rather than frying | Source
make your own crab cakes using these recipes. You will not be disappointed.
make your own crab cakes using these recipes. You will not be disappointed. | Source

Crab Cake Sauce Recipes

Creamy Caper Sauce

  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh chives
  • 1/2 cup drained capers, coarsely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup mayonnaise

Blend the ingredients together, whisk until smooth and chill before serving

Chilli and Lime Mayonnaise Sauce (very simple)

  • 1 cup (250ml) mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) sweet chilli sauce
  • Freshly squeezed juice and grated zest of 2 large limes

Mix the ingredients together in a small serving bowl

Lemon Dill Sauce Recipe

  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill leaves
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup mayonnaise

Whisk all the ingredients together until smooth

Tartar Crab Cake Sauce

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
  • 2 tablespoons capers, rinsed and drained
  • 1 teaspoon Creole mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cajun-Creole seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon Tabasco or other hot pepper sauce

Combine all the ingredients and blend with a whisk

Dijon Crab Cake Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 oz (15 ml) white wine
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 clove of garlic clove, minced
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Sauté the garlic and shallots in a pan on medium heat, until translucent and slightly softened. Add wine to the pan, and let reduce for 15-30 seconds. Add the mustard and salt and increase the heat bring to boil. Then remove from the heat and add the butter while stirring gently.

Cajun Remoulade Crab Sauce

  • 1/4 bunch tarragon (finely chopped)
  • 1/4 bunch flat leaf parsley (finely chopped
  • 1/4 bunch chives (finely chopped)
  • 1/4 bunch chervil (finely chopped)
  • 1 1/2 g salted capers (chopped and rinsed)
  • 50 g (2 oz) gherkins, chopped including the juice
  • 250 ml (9 fl oz) vegetable oil
  • juice of one lemon
  • 2 egg yolks
  • One or two pinches of Cayenne pepper to taste
  • Pinch of Spanish paprika
  • Salt to taste

Beat egg yolks, add the vinegar liquid from the gherkins and the lemon juice. Gently drizzle in the vegetable oil in a fine stream as you beat the mixture to emulsify it and make it thicken like a mayonnaise. Add the chervil, chives, gherkins and tarragon. Blend into the sauce and then add the cayenne pepper and paprika (according to your taste preference). Finally add the chopped capers and combine well to finish the sauce.

Horseradish Mayo Crab Sauce

  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 Tablespoons prepared horseradish
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Salt to taste

Combine all ingredients in a dish and mix well till combined and creamy. Taste and adjust the amount of pepper and salt. Cover and refrigerate.

Spicy Avocado Crab Sauce Recipe

  • 1 ripe small avocado, pitted and peeled
  • 1/4 cup fat-free (skim) milk
  • 1 fresh jalapeño or serrano chilli, with stem removed and chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise

Add the avocado, lime juice, salt, mayonnaise, sugar, and the chilli to a food processor bowl and pulse several times until the chilli is finely chopped. Add the milk and purée the sauce until creamy and smooth. Transfer the sauce to a bowl and chill before serving.

Lemon Mustard Crab Cake Sauce

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • juice of 1 lemon

Combine all ingredients, whisk and chill.

Citrus Butter Crab Cake Sauce

  • 1/2 lb (220 g) unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 5 peppercorns
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cider vinegar
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup orange juice

Add the orange, lime and lemon juices, vinegar, bay leaf, shallots and peppercorns to a medium-size, heavy saucepan and combine. Using medium heat, bring to the boil and simmer until all the liquid has been reduced. Stir in the heavy cream and cooking until the mixture is reduced by about one half. Lower the heat to medium-low. Gradually add the butter while stirring with a wooden spoon until butter is just melted. Remove from heat, cool and strain the sauce into a serving bowl.

Best Ever Crab Cake Recipes

Most crab cakes are deep or shallow fried, but you can also grill, bake an barbecue them for a low fat option. You can add the crisp crust of the fried option by shallow frying them when they are cooked. When frying them choose a high smoke point, neutral flavored oil such as grape seed or rice husk oil.

Recipe 1

  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 250 g (9 oz) white crabmeat, in large chunks
  • 2 Tablespoons parsley, finely chopped
  • Pinch of paprika
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 40 g ( 1 1/2 oz) breadcrumbs
  • Lemon wedges, to serve
  • Vegetable oil, to cook
  • Flour, to coat

Add the breadcrumbs, seasoning, mustard powder and parsley to a medium-size bowl and mix well to combine. Add the crab and gently mix through to retain the chunks. Slowly add the egg to make a firm mixture that can be shaped into four or five cakes.

Using some seasoned flour spread onto a flat dish, coat both sides of the fishcakes by turning in the flour. Transfer the plat to the refrigerator and chill for about 30 minutes.

Add a small amount of oil to a heavy frying pan and shallow fry the crab cakes, a few at a time, using medium to high heat for about 3-4 minutes on each side. Turn carefully when nicely browned and crisp. Serve immediately with one of the sauces described above.

Recipe 2

1 lb ( 500 g) crabmeat, picked free of shells
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 lemon, juiced
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 egg
1/4 cup mayonnaise
3 green onions (green and white parts), finely chopped
1/3 cup crushed saltine crackers
Dash cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup oil ( rice bran, grape seed or peanut oil)
flour, for dusting the crab cakes

Mix all the ingredients together (except for the flour and oil). Shape into patties, flatten and lightly dust with flour. Heat oil in a large heavy skillet over medium to high heat. Fry the crab cakes, two or three at a time until browned on both sides (generally about 3-5 minutes). Serve immediately while warm.

Recipe 3

4 teaspoons vegetable oil
1 large egg white, lightly beaten
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 lb ( 500 g) crabmeat, removed from shells, or canned
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon hot pepper sauce (such as Tabasco)
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
4 slices wholemeal or white bread
Lemon wedges (optional of dressing)
Fresh parsley sprigs (optional for dressing)
1 can cream style sweet corn (optional)

Place the bread slices in a food processor and pulse about 10 times to make coarse bread crumbs. Combine all the ingredients except the oil in a bowl, add about half the breadcrumbs and mix well. Shape about 8 portion from the mixture into patties about 1/2 in thick(1.5 cm). Place the remaining breadcrumbs in a shallow dish and roll the patties in the breadcrumbs to coat. Heat about 2 teaspoons of oil in a large heavy skillet or frying pan over medium to high heat. Fry the crab cakes in batches of two until crisp and brown on both sides.

© 2012 Dr. John Anderson

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carol7777 3 years ago from Arizona

I don't know which to try first...Sounds yummy and you certainly have a complete list of sauces...Thanks for all the good information. Bookmarking of course..And Voting up..Sharing on pinterest.


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Kristen Howe 11 months ago from Northeast Ohio

John, these looks delicious and yummy to eat. I've been craving crab cakes recently and would love to try them sometime next year. Thanks for the recipes.

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