Basic Crab Cakes with Steamed Asparagus

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Basic Crab Cakes with Steamed Asparagus
Basic Crab Cakes with Steamed Asparagus

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Most crab cakes rely on bread crumbs as a binder, which is a bummer for grain-free folks. Fortunately, the sheet pan answers the problem beautifully and allows the cakes to hold together without bread. When they are baked, you get a moist, firm cake that’s gently browned. 

Excerpted from Sheet Pan Paleo (Ulysses Press, 2016) by Pamela Ellgen.

Ready in
35 m
2
Servings
701
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Mayonnaise, preferably Paleo-friendly mayo
  • 1 egg white, beaten
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 scallion, minced
  • 1 Teaspoon gluten-free Worcestershire sauce, such as Lea & Perrins
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1 Pound lump crabmeat
  • 1 bunch asparagus, trimmed
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.

Whisk together the mayonnaise, egg white, garlic, scallion, Worcestershire sauce, and Old Bay Seasoning. Fold in the crabmeat gently until all of the ingredients are thoroughly integrated without breaking up the pieces of crab. Season with salt.

Form the mixture into six 1-inch-thick cakes and place on the sheet pan.

Place the asparagus on a sheet of parchment and season with the olive oil, lemon zest, salt, and pepper, and then fold the parchment into a package to allow the asparagus a moist environment in which to cook. Place it on the sheet pan.

Bake the crab cakes and asparagus for 15 minutes. Flip the cakes and cook for another 10 minutes until browned and set.

Squeeze the lemon juice over the crab cakes and asparagus.

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.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
53g
82%
Sugar
3g
N/A
Saturated Fat
8g
41%
Cholesterol
243mg
81%
Protein
45g
91%
Carbs
11g
4%
Vitamin A
51µg
6%
Vitamin B12
8µg
100%
Vitamin B6
0.5mg
27.1%
Vitamin C
32mg
53%
Vitamin E
7mg
33%
Vitamin K
79µg
98%
Calcium
273mg
27%
Fiber
4g
16%
Folate (food)
185µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
185µg
46%
Iron
5mg
26%
Magnesium
109mg
27%
Monounsaturated
16g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
8mg
38%
Phosphorus
609mg
87%
Polyunsaturated
28g
N/A
Potassium
960mg
27%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.5mg
26.6%
Sodium
1665mg
69%
Thiamin (B1)
0.2mg
16.2%
Zinc
9mg
63%