Cajun Crab and Quinoa Cakes

Cajun Crab and Quinoa CakesRecipe
Photo: Johnny Autry; Styling: Mary Clayton Carl


Serves 4 (serving size: 2 cakes and 1 tablespoon tartar sauce)
Total time: 54 Minutes

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Recipe Time

Hands-on: 34 Minutes
Total: 54 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 327
Fat 20.2 g
Satfat 2.2 g
Monofat 11.4 g
Polyfat 4.9 g
Protein 16 g
Carbohydrate 19.3 g
Fiber 2.3 g
Cholesterol 62 mg
Iron 1.9 mg
Sodium 604 mg
Calcium 102 mg


4 cups water
1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
1 thyme sprig
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
1/4 cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt
1/4 cup canola mayonnaise
1/4 cup chopped sweet pickles
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
8 ounces lump crabmeat, drained and shell pieces removed
1/4 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
1/4 cup finely chopped celery
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 large egg white
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided


1. Combine first 3 ingredients in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 30 minutes or until mushy. Discard thyme. Drain, pressing to remove excess water. Cool slightly.

2. Combine black pepper, paprika, and red pepper. Combine yogurt, mayonnaise, pickles, and mustard.

3. Place crab in a medium bowl; mash slightly. Add quinoa, 1/2 teaspoon spice mixture, half of yogurt mixture, bell pepper, and next 4 ingredients (through egg white); stir gently. Divide mixture into 8 equal portions; gently pat into a 3-inch-wide patty. Place on a parchment-lined plate. Refrigerate 20 minutes.

4. Preheat broiler to high.

5. Brush a jelly-roll pan with 1 tablespoon oil. Arrange chilled cakes on pan; brush tops with remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Sprinkle with half of remaining pepper mixture. Broil 5 minutes or until browned. Turn cakes over. Brush with oil from pan; sprinkle with remaining spice mixture. Broil 5 minutes or until browned. Serve cakes with remaining sauce.