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Blue Crab Cakes

hows everyone doing today?? awhile ago I made these incredibly delicious crab cakes that had me and my family in heaven for a few minutes haha :grin
here's the list of ingredients, regarding the crab meat, the recipe I found suggested 1 pound of store bought crab meat, which in my opinion is frowned upon, I prefer to catch the crabs myself.
1-1.5 pounds of crab meat
8 saltine crackers
1 scrambled egg
2 tbsp of mayonnaise
1 tsp of mustard
1/2 tsp of worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp old bay seasoning
dash of salt
2 tbsp of olive oil.
the very first step if you caught the crabs yourself are to extract all the meat out of them, in the claws, body, where ever, completely clean out the crab of its flesh, don not cook it, crabs must be raw when this is done.
next take all the ingredients except the crab meat and grind them in a food processor.
once all the meat has been extracted gently mix the crab meat with the other ingredients in a large bowl and form patties.
I forgot to mention this earlier, but I coated my cakes with bread crumbs to make them a little crispy, this is optional though.
then in a pan, pour in about a cup of olive oil and heat, when oil begins to heat put in the cakes and let them cook. flip from time ti time making sure it cooks evenly on both sides and not burning, after only a few minutes they should be done, delicious! and ready to have a party in your stomach, enjoy!!
There's no such thing as too much bait!

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  • Panhandler80Panhandler80 Posts: 8,339 Moderator
    Nice.

    Removing meat before cooking crabs? New to me. I boil em whole and then pick em.

    Like this here...



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    First weekend of crab catching this year it was 6 crab cakes (hamburger sized, now).

    Next weekend was crab cakes Friday night, and then west indies for dinner on Monday.

    Then last Sunday it was fried crab, crab cake appetizer, and then cream crab sauce over panko fried red grouper for dinner.

    I think we're going back to crab cakes tonight. I sometimes forget about these little guys. Once you remember how to pick em, they really are worth it!

    Some pics from the past few crab pickin sessions...

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    Had crab cakes this Past Monday... and they were the best yet. I might should have made it like a 9.25 / 10. Made them a bit smaller than the ones pictured and I got away from the recipe a little bit. I have JUST about perfected it.
    "Whatcha doin' in my waters?"
  • PeacockFeverPeacockFever Posts: 227 Officer
    wow! those look delicious!! yeah picking out the meat when its raw is just one way of doing it. think you could PM me your recipe if you don't mind.
    There's no such thing as too much bait!
  • md2626md2626 Posts: 107 Officer
    Looks awesome.


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  • Land An' SeaLand An' Sea Posts: 39 Deckhand
    Look delicious, gonna have to try them sometime. I usually just stick to the ole fashion cooking them whole and picking them clean, but ill definately try those out.
  • boltsbolts Posts: 18 Greenhorn
    Looks great. What is the best way to handle crabs getting them out of the trap, and then putting them out of their misery?
  • Panhandler80Panhandler80 Posts: 8,339 Moderator
    I keep mine alive and let the boiling water put them out of their misery.
    "Whatcha doin' in my waters?"
  • katwoman85katwoman85 Posts: 491 Officer
    I keep mine alive and let the boiling water put them out of their misery.

    I hear ya on that. What is the best time of the year to catch blue crabs? I live in Dania Beach & fish the Dania Cutoff Canal. I know you need quite a few to make crab cakes. Don't know if I could pick the meat while they are alive & grind. Too much hassle. I think just boiling them would work. Question is how long do you boil them? 10 minutes or until they turn completely red? Not 100% sure & I don't like to assume.
  • Panhandler80Panhandler80 Posts: 8,339 Moderator
    I'm in NW FL... you can catch them year round here, but when it gets cold they are up near creek mouths and actually in creeks. Water there is not terribly clear, lots of oysters, etc. So, to get them you're really talking some kind of traps and use of a boat. I like to get mine in clear water while wading... will usually pull a kayak behind me with a cooler full of cold beverages in it, and just dip them up out of the grass in knee to hip deep water. Best time for this is mid Aug to late Sept.

    How long to boil? Geeze, I don't know... Kind of depends on how big your pot is and how many crabs. If you overload the pot things will cool down and it'll require more time. If you don't overload it, I'd say drop them in.... should come back to a boil in maybe a couple minutes. At that point I'll give it another 5 or 6. Really not sure. I've never thought about it. All the mid-atlantic folks swear by steaming them. This his higher heat, but takes a bit longer due to lower heat capacity of air (compared to water). However, if you're not using a pressure cooker steam is steam is steam. If you're really worried about under or over cooking, do a google search and figure out how long to STEAM crabs. There's probably a per pound recommendation, and of course the less dense you pack them above your boiling water the less time it will take. That and altitude are your only real variables and since your in Dania, we can throw out the later, as I'm sure most recommendations on steam time will be from folks on the water.

    Keep in mind... it's just a crab! Good luck!
    "Whatcha doin' in my waters?"
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