DIETITIAN’S CORNER – Mini crab cakes with smarter tartar!

Mini Crab Cakes

Unlike most pre-prepared crab cakes, which are deep-fried, these let the flavour and succulence of the crab lead the way.

16 servings / 30 min (Prep 15 min / Cook 15 min)


1 tbsp (15 mL) canola oil mayonnaise

3 tbsp (45 mL) nonfat Greek yogurt 

1 tbsp (15 mL) finely chopped dill pickle 

1 tsp (5 mL) drained capers, coarsely chopped 

1/4 tsp (1 mL) smoked paprika 


Crab cakes

1 large egg

1 tbsp (15 mL) canola oil mayonnaise

1 tbsp (15 mL) fresh lemon juice

1 lb (500 g) crab claw meat, picked over for shells and cartilage

1 cup (250 mL) breadcrumbs

1/3 cup (75 mL) celery, finely chopped

2 scallions, thinly sliced (1/4 cup/50 mL)

2 tbsp (25 mL) fresh flat leaf parsley, finely chopped

1/8 tsp (0.5 mL) freshly ground black pepper

2 tbsp (25 mL) canola oil


To make sauce: In medium bowl, mix mayonnaise, yogurt, pickle, capers and smoked paprika until well combined. Sauce will keep for up to three days in airtight container in refrigerator.


 To make crab cakes: In medium bowl, whisk together egg, mayonnaise and lemon juice until combined. Add crab meat, 1/2 cup (125 mL) breadcrumbs, celery, scallions, parsley and pepper and stir gently to combine. Put remaining breadcrumbs in shallow dish.

Using your hands, shape about 2 tbsp (25 mL) crab mixture into patty about 2 inches (5 cm) in diameter. Coat in breadcrumbs, then place on baking sheet or clean work surface. Repeat to form remaining crab cakes for total of 16.

In large, nonstick skillet, heat 1 tbsp (15 mL) canola oil over medium-high heat. Place eight crab cakes into skillet and cook, turning once, until crisp and browned, about 4 minutes per side. Transfer to serving plate or baking sheet, wipe any crumbs out of skillet and repeat with remaining oil and crab cakes.

Place about 1 tsp (5 mL) sauce on top of each crab cake and serve immediately, or cover cakes and chill for up to one day, then reheat in 350 °F (180 °C) oven for 10-15 minutes. 


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