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Ultimate Crabcakes

Total Time
40 mins

Time: 40 minutes. Frederick Basgal of Menlo Park, California, a stellar home cook, shares with us his extravagant recipe for crabcakes loaded with seafood, plus bright chives and a tiny dice of bell peppers. His inspiration? A crabcake recipe in Hubert Keller’s The Cuisine of Hubert Keller (Ten Speed Press, 1996) for binding the crab with a creamy scallop purée rather than bread crumbs.

Ultimate Crabcakes

Photo: Alex Farnum; Styling: Randy Mon
 4 ounces sea scallops
 2 tablespoons lightly beaten egg
 3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
 1 pound (3 cups) shelled cooked crab
 2 tablespoons diced (1/4 in.) red bell pepper
 2 tablespoons diced (1/4 in.) yellow bell pepper
 2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro
 3 tablespoons finely chopped chives, divided
 2 teaspoons green hot sauce, such as Tabasco
 1/4 teaspoon salt
 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
 2 tablespoons olive oil
  Devil Sauce
Step 1

In a food processor, pulse scallops and egg just until scallops are chopped. With motor running, pour in cream and whirl until smooth.

Step 2

Scrape scallop mixture into a bowl. Stir in crab, bell peppers, cilantro, 2 tbsp. chives, the hot sauce, salt, and cayenne, breaking up most large chunks of crab.

Step 3

Lay an 18-in. sheet of parchment paper on a work surface. Scoop 6 equal mounds of crab mixture onto parchment. Shape each into an even cake about 1 1/4 in. thick, using your fingers or, for neater sides, a 2 1/2-in.-diameter ring mold.

Step 4

Pour olive oil into a 12-in. nonstick frying pan and heat over medium-low heat. Using a thin, flexible spatula, carefully transfer cakes to pan. Cook, turning once, until nicely browned and no longer wet in center, about 10 minutes total. Divide crabcakes among 6 warm plates, scatter with remaining 1 tbsp. chives, and serve with Devil Sauce.

Step 5

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving, without sauce.

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving
Calories 168Calories from Fat 49
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9.2g15%

Saturated Fat 2.6g13%
Cholesterol 113mg38%
Sodium 357mg15%
Total Carbohydrate 1g1%

Dietary Fiber 0.1g1%
Protein 19g38%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.