Crab Cakes

Ingredients (4 appetizers or 2 main course portions) :

  • 2 Cans Crabmeat (240g drained)
  • 15g White Onion, finely diced
  • 30g Red Pepper, finely diced
  • 1g Fresh Ginger, grated
  • 5g Sambal Oelek
  • 30ml Lemon Juice
  • 2g Old Bay Seasoning
  • 5ml Worcestershire Sauce
  • 3g Fresh Cilantro, chopped
  • 3g Fresh Parsley, chopped
  • 1+1 Whole Eggs, beaten
  • 25g +50g Panko
  • 25g Flour, dusting
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  • 220g Cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 40g Red Pepper, Julienne
  • 30g Carrot, finely shredded
  • 50g Grape Tomatoes, quartered
  • 10g Jalapeno, finely diced
  • 30ml White Vinegar
  • 15ml Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Avocado Crema

  • 1 Ripe Avocado, cut in half, pit removed
  • 1 Lime, juice
  • 30g Sour Cream
  • 5g Jalapeno
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Pickled Ginger Mayo

  • 60g Mayo
  • 10g Pickled Ginger, minced
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Lime, Jalapeno and Basil Simple Syrup

  • 115g Granulated Sugar
  • 125ml Water
  • 1 Lime, segmented
  • ¼ Jalapeno, thinly sliced rounds
  • 2 Basil Leaves, torn


Step 1:  Slaw

1. In a bowl combine all the prepared ingredients toss to combine and let stand at least 15 minutes before serving.

 Step 2:  Avocado Crema

2. In a blender combine all the ingredients, blend until smooth.  Adjust seasoning as desired, reserve.

3. If making in advance wrap well with plastic contacting the surface.

 Step 3:  Pickled Ginger Mayo

4. In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, minced pickled ginger and juice, salt and pepper to taste.

 Step 4:  Jalapeno-Lime and Basil Simple Syrup

5. In a small pot combine water and sugar bring to a boil, remove from heat and add lime segments, thinly sliced jalapeno rounds and torn basil leaves.

6. Let cool.  This can be used as garnish for the crab cakes or for cocktails.

 Step 5:  Crab Cake

7. In a bowl, mix all ingredients except for 1 egg, 25g flour and 50g panko for the breading station.

8. Shape crab mix into 4-85g cakes.

9. Dust crab cakes in flour, dip in egg wash and crust with panko, reserve.

10. Heat canola oil and butter in skillet over medium heat.  When oil is hot, carefully place crab cakes in pan and cook until browned.  Flip crab cakes and cook until completely browned.

Bonus Step: Isolation Margarita

  • 1oz Tequila
  • ½oz Jalapeno-Lime, and Basil Simple Syrup
  • ½oz Fresh Lime Juice
  • 3oz Club Soda
  • Ice

11. In a shaker combine Tequila, jalapeno-lime and basil simple syrup, fresh lime juice and ice.

12. Shake well, pour into a glass and top with club soda.

13. Enjoy!


Bon Appetit

Jennifer Sands, Executive Sous Chef