Sunset reader Herbert Roebuck of Clovis, California, suggests chilling the formed crab balls for an hour or up to 1 day, if you have time, to make them easier to roll in panko. They're delicious served with tartar sauce in addition to the hot sauce.
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
6 ounces shelled cooked crab
2 large eggs
3/4 cup panko (Japanese-style bread crumbs), divided
About 4 cups vegetable oil for frying
How to Make It
Sauté onions in butter in a medium frying pan over high heat until softened, 1 minute. Transfer to a large bowl. Add mustard, garlic powder, salt, crab, 1 egg, and 1/4 cup panko and stir until blended.
Form mixture into 8 balls and set them on an oiled baking sheet. Whisk remaining egg with 2 tbsp. water on a small plate. Put remaining 1/2 cup panko on another plate. Dip balls in egg, then roll in panko.
Meanwhile, pour oil into a medium pot, insert a deep-fry thermometer, and heat over high heat to 350°. Cook 3 or 4 balls in oil at a time, turning often, until medium brown, 4 minutes. Transfer croquettes to paper towels. Serve with hot sauce.