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The Best Crab Cakes

When we set out to make the “best” crab cakes, opinions in the test kitchen were strong and varied. But we could all agree on plenty of fresh, high-quality crabmeat with very little filler. After some tinkering, we created these decadent cakes — generously sized and highly seasoned — with plenty of lemon juice, fresh herbs and spices. The jumbo lump crabmeat is front and center, so splurge on the best and freshest you can find.

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Mini Crab Cakes with Mustard Crème Fraîche

These crowd-pleasing crab cakes are a no-brainer for parties and get-togethers. They’re easy to make — and ready in under an hour. Plus, their size makes them just as perfect for cocktail hours and cookouts as formal sit-down dinners.

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The Ultimate Crab Cakes

Wondering what sets these crab cakes apart? We like to think it’s all the extra homemade goodness that’s packed inside. From the do-it-yourself breadcrumbs to the made-from-scratch aoili, there are plenty of fresh ingredients in every bite.

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Crab Cake Sliders

These savory sliders are a cinch to make but you will have to plan ahead. The crab cakes need at least one full hour in the refigerator (overnight is better) to firm up before cooking.

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Air Fryer Crab Cakes with Chipotle Sauce

These deliciously crisp cakes are loaded with sweet crab. Not overmixing and allowing the mixture to rest before cooking helped the crab cakes hold their shape better, as did cooking them in an air fryer. Serve these hearty morsels with creamy chipotle sauce and you’ll have a decadent dinner in no time.

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Brown Rice Crab Cakes

Geoffrey uses only high-quality ingredients when he’s making crab cakes (no canned crab meat here!) which is why we love his tip about making them go further: he stretches his ingredients by adding some cooked brown rice to the mix.

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Crab Cakes

These health-ified crab cakes are baked (not fried) and served with a better-for-you tartar sauce that replaces some of the mayonnaise with creamy and decadent Greek yogurt.

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Crab Cakes with Remoulade Sauce

These crab cakes aren’t as tightly packed as others, but that’s intentional. They’re light and flaky and full of crab flavor.

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Lump Crab Cakes with Cocktail Remoulade Sauce

Valerie’s 5-star take on crab cakes has rave reviews. Fans call them “amazing”, “fanstastic” and “so good” and promise that you’ll want to slather the remoulade sauce she serves alongside on everything.

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Crisp Crab Cakes

Ellie coats her crab cakes in Panko breadcrumbs before cooking them in the skillet — for an irresistibly crunchy crust on the outside.

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Low Country Crab Cakes

Kardea’s take on these savory seafood cakes? Serve them with plenty of tangy remoulade — made from just a handful of ingredients that are probably already in your refigerator.

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Gulf Coast Crab Cakes with Country Remoulade

These bite-size crab cakes are perfect for entertaining. You can serve a few, plated with remoulade, as an appetizer or simply set a platter out and let your guests dig in while they sip on pre-dinner cocktails. Either way, these crab cakes are guaranteed to impress.

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Crab Cakes With Herb Salad

When you need a lighter-and-brighter meal, try these crab cakes. They’re ready in under an hour — and perfectly delicious and satisfyng served atop a simple green salad.

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