crab-cakes-nat-kitchen-018-640x428Salty Dog Boaters, Crisp Cayenne-spiced Wild Alaska Crab Cakes

Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers are loading pots and getting ready to head up to to the Bering Sea to Catch this next seasons boat load of fresh wild Bering Sea Crab! Boaters, Try This Recipe: Brought to you by Salty Dog Maritime Marketing NW: Try This Recipe: Crisp Cayenne-spiced Wild Alaska Crab Cakes. Crab cakes are a staple of anywhere that crabs are found- New England, the Gulf Coast, and of course, the Pacific Northwest and the Bering Sea, Alaska.  Every region has its specialties, partially dependant on both the local varieties available and also dependant on the tastes of the area, and Alaskans love crab just like anyone else! Crab omelets, crab soup, hot crab dip, crab rolls, crab quiche, crab chowder, crab tacos, crab in hot butter, and pickled crab tails… the list goes on. However, the favorite of many AK natives is the simple but elegant crab cake. Although all crab cakes are typically created equal, using Alaska crab meat means you’ll be crowned the king of flavor.

Ingredients for Breading:
3 slices soft white sandwich bread, crusts removed and bread cut into 1-inch pieces
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
1 teaspoon baking powder

Ingredients for Crab Cakes:
2 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup finely diced red bell pepper
1/4 cup finely diced shallots
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons chopped parsley leaves
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 pounds lump crabmeat, drained and picked over
2 slices soft white sandwich bread, crusts removed and bread cut into 1/4-inch cubes
3 tablespoons olive oil
Lemon wedges, for serving

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Preparing the Meal

  • In a food processor, pulse the bread with the parsley, cayenne, Old Bay, and baking powder until fine crumbs form. Transfer the crumbs to a medium bowl.
  • In a small skillet, melt 1/2 tablespoon of the butter. Add the red bell pepper and shallots and cook over moderately high heat until softened, about 3 minutes. Let cool to room temperature, then transfer to a large bowl.

20130326-crab-cakes-10Make Sure All Ingredients Are Evenly Combined

  • Add the eggs, parsley, Worcestershire, Old Bay, mustard, cayenne, baking powder, and salt and stir well to blend. Add the crabmeat and the bread cubes to the bowl and toss gently until evenly combined.
  • Form the crab mixture into 24 small patties, using 1/4 cup per patty. Squeeze to wring out any excess liquid. Roll the crab cakes in the bread crumb coating and arrange them on a large rimmed baking sheet.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, until thoroughly chilled.

10a15eb6-5be0-4111-a120-4a0e66c18a96-640x427Each Batch Should Take About 10 Minutes

  • In a large skillet, melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter in the olive oil. Working in batches, cook the crab cakes over moderately high heat, turning once, until golden brown and crisp, about 10 minutes per batch. Serve the crab cakes with lemon wedges.

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