the crab cakes on a plate with lemon wedges and a dish of rice and a salad bowl in the background
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Best Ever Easy Crab Cakes

Crab Cakes are a restaurant favorite, but with this easy recipe, making them at home couldn't be simpler.  Just prepare and pan fry!
Course Main
Cuisine American
Keyword canned crab meat recipe, crab cake recipe, crab cakes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Chill to set 30 minutes
Total Time 48 minutes
Servings 6 Crab Cakes
Calories 380kcal
Author Erren Hart of Erren's Kitchen


  • 1 lb white crab meat (3 6oz cans will do)
  • 3 green onions cut into finely sliced rounds
  • 2 tablespoons chives chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley leaves finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons Fresh lemon Juice
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup panko bread crumbs
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs for egg wash
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • cups breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup vegetable oil


  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the crabmeat, green onions, chives, parsley, lemon juice, and mayonnaise. Add panko breadcrumbs and fold into the crabmeat mixture.
  • Divide the mixture into 6 equal portions and form into thick round cakes (see photos and video in the post)
  • Place on a plate, cover with plastic wrap and chill at least 30 minutes. This sets and firms the cakes so are easy to handle for breading and won't flatten when fried.
  • In a shallow bowl, add the flour and season with salt & pepper.
  • In another bowl, whisk the eggs with the water.
  • In a third bowl, combine the bread crumbs with paprika, dried oregano, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  • Dredge the crab cakes first in seasoned flour, tapping off excess, then in egg wash, letting excess drip off.  Dredge cakes into seasoned bread crumbs, coating cakes evenly.  Place on a plate until needed.
  • In a large saute pan, heat oil and pan fry until lightly golden, about 4 minutes on each side. Place the cakes on paper towels to absorb the oil and season with salt to taste.  Serve Hot.



  • You can use less oil if you choose, but it should be enough to crisp the sides of the crab cakes.
  • Mix the crab meat filling gently so not to break up the crab meat too much.  There's nothing better than big lumps of crab meat in a crab cake.
  • Don't skip the 'chill to set' step as this will help the crab cakes keep their shape and stay together when breading and frying.
  • For an extra burst of freshness, add lemon zest to the mixture when you add the lemon juice.
Please note: The recipe says it serves six, but it only means that it makes six crab cakes.


Calories: 380kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 574mg | Potassium: 128mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 470IU | Vitamin C: 6.4mg | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 2.4mg