PointsPlus Crab Cakes

PointsPlus Crab Cakes
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Crab Cakes
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Crab Cakes

An appetizer that works with any type of fish — just toss the seafood of your choice into the blender for your own personalized homemade crab cakes*.

Ingredients

  • 3 sprays cooking spray
  • 4 teaspoons butter, divided
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 2/3 cup dried bread crumbs, panko-variety
  • 1 pound lump crabmeat
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon dry sherry
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 ½ tablespoons reduced-calorie mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup parsley, fresh, minced (or a mix of parsley and dill)

Directions

Coat a large skillet with cooking spray; set over medium heat. Melt 2 teaspoons butter in skillet. Add onion; cook, stirring frequently, until onion turns translucent and start to caramelize, about 5–10 minutes. Stir in panko; cook, stirring frequently, until toasted, about 5 minutes. Set aside to cool.

Place crabmeat in a large bowl. Add onion mixture, eggs, sherry, salt, and mustard; mix well. Add mayonnaise and parsley; mix well again.

Working with wet hands, form eight 3-inch crab cakes, about ¾-inch thick; place on a metal baking sheet, cover and refrigerate for at least an hour to help crab cakes stick together while cooking.

Coat a very large skillet with cooking spray; set over medium heat. When skillet is heated, melt 2/3 teaspoon butter. Place a batch of crab cakes in skillet in a single layer and cook until golden, about 3–4 minutes per side; remove to a serving plate and cover to keep warm (or place in a 200 degree oven to keep warm). Repeat with remaining ingredients. Yields 1 crab cake per serving.

Crab Cake Shopping Tip

Seafood shopping is quite easy in the general sense. Rule of thumb: if it smells fishy, don't buy. Fresh seafood should smell mild and more like the ocean and sea water rather than fish.

Crab Cake Cooking Tip

Looking for a quick mid-week dinner? Seafood is a safe bet. It's quick to cook and simple recipes can get dinner on the table in 20 minutes.