1 pound fresh backfin crabmeat, drained and flaked
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 large egg
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
2 tablespoons finely chopped red bell pepper
2 tablespoons finely chopped celery
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 to 1/3 cup fine, dry breadcrumbs
2/3 cup commercial cracker meal
How to Make It
Combine crabmeat and next 10 ingredients in a large bowl, stirring well. Stir in dry breadcrumbs until crabmeat mixture holds shape when formed into a ball. Shape crabmeat mixture into balls using about 1 tablespoon of mixture per ball, and coat each ball evenly with cracker meal.
Pour oil to depth of 3 inches into a Dutch oven; heat to 375°. Fry crabmeat balls, a few at a time, 2 minutes or until golden. Drain on paper towels.