Crab Cakes with Chive Sauce

Crab Cakes with Chive Sauce

We brown the cakes before freezing them, so they go from the freezer to the table in less than 30 minutes. For a light supper, serve a couple of crab cakes with a tossed green salad. Garnish with chives.

Cooking Light NOVEMBER 2006

  • Yield: 15 servings (serving size: 2 crab cakes and about 2 1/2 teaspoons sauce)


  • Crab Cakes:
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons quick-cooking oats
  • 2 tablespoons dry breadcrumbs
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 pounds lump crabmeat, shell pieces removed
  • Cooking spray
  • Sauce:
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
  • 6 tablespoons plain fat-free yogurt
  • 6 tablespoons reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper


To prepare crab cakes, combine first 9 ingredients in a large bowl, stirring gently just until mixture is combined and will hold a shape. Divide mixture into 30 equal portions (about 2 tablespoons each), shaping each into a 2-inch patty.

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add 8 patties; cook 2 minutes. Carefully turn patties over. Cook an additional 2 minutes or until golden. Place patties on a large baking sheet in a single layer. Repeat procedure with cooking spray and remaining patties. Cover patties with plastic wrap, and freeze until firm. Place in zip-top plastic bags; freeze up to 3 months.

Thaw cakes overnight in refrigerator.

Preheat oven to 400º.

Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray; place patties on baking sheet in a single layer. Bake at 400° for 20 minutes or until thoroughly heated.

To prepare sauce, combine chives and remaining ingredients in a small bowl. Serve with crab cakes.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 96
  • Calories from fat: 29%
  • Fat: 3.1g
  • Saturated fat: 0.6g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 0.2g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.5g
  • Protein: 12.8g
  • Carbohydrate: 3.8g
  • Fiber: 0.2g
  • Cholesterol: 61mg
  • Iron: 0.7mg
  • Sodium: 351mg
  • Calcium: 74mg

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