Mini Crab Cakes with Pickled Celery

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Mini Crab Cakes with Pickled Celery Recipe

Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Claire Spollen

You can bake these cakes up to 2 hours ahead of party time and rewarm in a 300° oven for 5 to 6 minutes.

Serves 16 (serving size: 2 crab cakes)


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3 tablespoons water
3 tablespoons cider vinegar
2 teaspoons sugar
3/4 cup finely chopped celery
1 pound jumbo lump crabmeat, shell pieces removed
1/4 cup canola mayonnaise, divided
3 tablespoons minced fresh chives, divided
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard, divided
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 cup whole-wheat panko, divided
2 teaspoons olive oil
Cooking spray
2 tablespoons 2% reduced-fat Greek yogurt
1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce (such as Tabasco)
16 lemon wedges


Hands-on: 1 Hours
Total: 1 Hours

1. Preheat oven to 400°.

2. Combine 3 tablespoons water, vinegar, and sugar in a medium microwave-safe bowl; microwave at HIGH 2 minutes or until boiling. Add celery; let stand 15 minutes. Drain.

3. Drain crabmeat on several layers of paper towels. Combine half of celery, 2 tablespoons mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon chives, 1 teaspoon mustard, black pepper, salt, and egg in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add crabmeat and 1/4 cup panko to mayonnaise mixture; toss gently. Chill 15 minutes.

4. Combine remaining 3/4 cup panko, 1 tablespoon chives, and oil in a bowl; toss. Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon panko in bottom of each of 32 miniature muffin cups coated with cooking spray. Spoon 1 heaping tablespoon crab mixture over panko. Top each cup with 1/2 teaspoon panko mixture. Bake at 400° for 15 minutes.

5. Preheat broiler to high.

6. Lightly coat crab cakes with cooking spray. Broil 1 minute or until tops are crisp.

7. Combine remaining 2 tablespoons mayonnaise, yogurt, remaining 1 teaspoon mustard, remaining half of celery, remaining 1 tablespoon chives, and hot sauce in a bowl. Top each crab cake with about 1/2 teaspoon sauce. Serve with lemon wedges.

Created date

October 2015

Nutritional Information

Calories 65
Fat 2.2 g
Satfat 0.3 g
Monofat 1.1 g
Polyfat 0.6 g
Protein 6 g
Carbohydrate 4 g
Fiber 1 g
Cholesterol 39 mg
Iron 0.0 mg
Sodium 199 mg
Calcium 32 mg