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Classic Crab Cakes

Recipe and photography provided by Chef Billy Parisi.

These simple-to-prepare crab cakes are coated in butter crackers and pan-fried until golden brown. You will love how quick these come together and how easy they are to make! In this recipe, I serve them with a delicious mustard aioli for the perfect complement of flavor.

Why You’ll Love this Recipe

  • Ocean’s Legacy Lump Crab Meat found in Heinen’s Seafood Department elevates the flavor of these classic crab cakes while offering a sturdier consistency for cooking.
  • You can serve these as an appetizer or a meal and I promise, they’ll go quick! Stack a few on a bun with lettuce, tomato and aioli for a crab cake sandwich.

Classic Crab Cakes
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For the Crab Cakes

  • 1 lb. Ocean's Legacy lump crab meat
  • 1/4 cup red onion, minced
  • 1/4 cup celery, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh parsley, minced
  • 1 tsp. Two Brother's blackened seasoning
  • 3/4 cup crushed butter crackers or panko bread crumbs
  • 3 Tbsp. mayonnaise
  • 2 large Heinen's cage free eggs
  • 1 Tbsp. Heinen's Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup Heinen's avocado oil
  • Salt, to taste

For the Mustard Aioli

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 garlic clove, finely minced
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. Heinen's Dijon mustard
  • Salt, to taste


For the Crab Cakes: 

  1. In a large bowl, gently fold together the crab meat, red onion, celery, parsley, blackened seasoning, butter crackers, mayonnaise, eggs, mustard and salt until just combined.
  2. Form them into 6 individual cakes and briefly set them to the side.
  3. Prep the Mustard Aioli (see below). Set aside.
  4. Pour the avocado oil into a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat and add the crab cakes. Cook them for 4-5 minutes per side or until golden brown and cooked throughout.

For the Mustard Aioli: 

  1. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, lemon juice, garlic clove, mustard and salt until combined. Set aside.
  2. Serve alongside crab cakes.
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By Chef Billy Parisi
Chef Billy Parisi is a culinary school grad who spent 15 years in the restaurant industry as a line cook, sous chef and executive chef. Now he develops, photographs and films simple and delicious recipes that will make everyone feel like a chef in their own kitchen.

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