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Crab Cakes with Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

Photo: Jason Wallis; Styling: Cindy Barr



Serves 4 (serving size: 2 crab cakes and 2 tablespoons dressing)

Crispy, fluffy, and stuffed with lump crabmeat, enjoy lightened-up Crab Cakes with Buttermilk Ranch Dressing for a scrumptious weeknight meal.    


  • Crab cakes:
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh chives
  • 1 tablespoon canola mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2/3 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
  • 1 pound lump crabmeat, shell pieces removed
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • Dressing:
  • 1/3 cup whole buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon canola mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 small garlic clove, grated
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives, divided
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced fresh parsley, divided
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh dill, divided
  • Bibb lettuce leaves

Nutrition Information

  • calories 318
  • fat 16 g
  • satfat 1.6 g
  • monofat 8.4 g
  • polyfat 4 g
  • protein 31 g
  • carbohydrate 9 g
  • fiber 1 g
  • cholesterol 169 mg
  • iron 2 mg
  • sodium 549 mg
  • calcium 150 mg

How to Make It

  1. To prepare crab cakes, combine first 6 ingredients (through egg) in a medium bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Stir in panko. Add crabmeat; stir gently to combine. Let mixture stand for 10 minutes.

  2. Divide crab mixture into 8 equal portions; gently shape each portion into a 3/4-inch-thick patty. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 1/2 tablespoons canola oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add 4 patties to pan; cook 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until golden. Remove patties from pan; keep warm. Repeat procedure with remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons canola oil and remaining 4 patties.

  3. To prepare dressing, combine buttermilk and next 4 ingredients (through garlic), stirring with a whisk. Stir in 1 1/2 teaspoons chives, 3/4 teaspoon parsley, and 1/2 teaspoon dill. Arrange lettuce leaves on a platter; top with crab cakes. Spoon dressing over crab cakes; sprinkle with remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons chives, remaining 3/4 teaspoon parsley, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon dill.

Cook's Notes

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