o 1 lb. fresh lump blue crab meat, shelled and clean. I usually get this at the local Wegman's as they have great fresh crab...even though I know it is pasturized and canned, it is still good stuff!
o 1 cup Japanese breadcrumbs (Panko)
o Old Bay seasoning to taste (optional)
o white pepper to taste
o dry mustard powder to taste
o 1 tablespoon Fresh cut parsley for color and taste (optional)
o 1/2 cup mayonnaise - add up to 1/2 cup more if desired.
o 1 tablespoon Worcestershire
o 1 large egg (optional)
o 3 shakes of original Tabasco sauce
o 1 teaspoon cracked mustard
Directions: place crab meat into a large bowl and set to the side. In a separate bowl, add 1/2 cup of mayonnaise, cracked mustard, Worcester, egg, Tabasco, Old Bay, white pepper, and dry mustard. NOTE that the amount of dry spices you use is up to you and your taste buds. REMEMBER that the less ingredients you use the better. The best crab cakes in the world are made simple with few ingredients. Once all these ingredients have been combined, start slowly folding the mixture into your crab meat. The best thing to use is a rubber spatula so you do not break up the crab. This is also a good time to start folding in your Panko and parsley as well. Add your Panko slowly so you do not add too much. REMEMBER that you can always add more, but you can never take any out. The ingredients added to the crab should form a binder and hold the crab together. The proper mixture is not too wet, but it is not so dry that the crab will not hold together. Again, the less filler you use the better! Refrigerate for one hour to help the mixture set up, then form your crab cakes into patties that are 3-4 tablespoons each.
Cooking: In a large skillet heat a small amount of olive oil in the bottom of the pan to keep your crab cakes from sticking. Vegetable oil will also work, but I prefer EVOO(extra virgin olive oil).. When the oil is sizzling add the cakes and fry 3 minutes on each side, until golden brown, and warm all the way through. Drain and enjoy
This recipe is a few years old, and since then I have taken out the egg, Old Bay, and parsley. For us, we like to taste the good crab meat, and as always, the less ingredients the better to enjoy the crab. My philosphy is to use as little filler as possible! Enjoy!
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