Mini Crab Cakes

by | May 4, 2015 | All, Appetizers, Main Dishes

Need a new appetizer to bring to a party? Mini Crab Cakes are the perfect indulgence. Crisp, golden and filled with jumbo lump crab meat. Be sure to get one before they disappear!

Mini Crab Cakes on a silver tray with  dill aioli and fresh lemon wedges for garnish.

I’m a purist when it comes to a lot of foods, and crab cakes are at the top of the list. I don’t like peppers, onions, celery or other vegetables in them. I simply want big chunks of crab and the taste of the crab meat to shine through. That’s just what happens with these easy Mini Crab Cakes. A short ingredient list makes them simple to put together, too. Win-Win!  

How to make restaurant quality Mini Crab Cakes at home:

  1. Don’t over mix the crabmeat mixture,
  2.  Chill the mixture well (or else you’ll end up with a crumbly mess of crab pieces), and
  3. Don’t crowd the pan.

Close up image of mini crab cakes with fresh lemon and dill on a silver plate.

Sounds easy, right? And it totally is, if you have some patience.

And patience when it comes to crab cakes can be hard.  But when you know it leads to these beauties, everything gets a little easier. And it will only take one time for the crab cakes fall apart in the pan to make the waiting even easier next time. (Can you tell I’m speaking from experience?)

Can I make large crab cakes instead of mini ones?

Of course you can. You know how we love things in mini form because it’s built-in portion control. But we also love foods that can do double duty. Need an easy meal? Make 8 big crab cakes, add a salad and dinner is served.

Mini crab cakes on a silver plate with a small fork for eating and dill aioli and fresh lemon for garnishes.

Lucky enough to have leftovers?

Well, that’s never happened here, so if it happens to you, let me know. Deal?


Top down image of mini crab cakes on a silver tray with lemon wedges and aioli for dipping.

Yield: 20

Mini Crab Cakes

Close up image of mini crab cakes with fresh lemon and dill on a silver plate.

These Mini Crab Cakes are a snap to make at home and will impress all of your guests!

Prep Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 16 minutes


  • 1/2 cup olive oil mayonnaise
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard,
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound jumbo lump crab meat
  • 1 cup panko crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil


  1. Combine mayonnaise, egg, mustard, Worcestershire, salt and pepper in a small bowl and stir well. Add crab and panko crumbs and stir gently to coat. Refrigerate for 30 - 60 minutes (or up to 24 hours).
  2. Gently form crab mixture into mini patties. (I used my medium cookie scoop to portion.) Heat oil in a frying pan over medium high heat until hot. Add patties to pan and fry for 3 minutes a side. Remove from pan and continue with the rest of the crab patties. Be sure to not overcrowd pan to allow for even browning.
  3. Serve with lemon wedges.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

2 crab cakes

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 168Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 66mgSodium: 521mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 10g

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    I love crab cakes!!! My recipe is similar, except I don’t refrigerate. That is such a genius idea!!! 🙂

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      Thanks, Aimee! 🙂

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    Can I make crab cakes without mayonnaise? And if so how? I have a lifelong aversion to mayo, sour cream, cream cheese, etc. Weird I know, but it just makes me feel sick. However I love crab.
    Thanks so much!

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      Hi Katherine, I have never made it without using mayo as a binding agent, so I’m sorry to say I can’t give any advice. I hope you find a recipe that works, let me know what you find! Good luck!


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