Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Claire Spollen
Hands-on Time
1 Hour
Total Time
1 Hour
Serves 16 (serving size: 2 crab cakes)

You can bake these cakes up to 2 hours ahead of party time and rewarm in a 300° oven for 5 to 6 minutes.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 400°.

Step 2

Combine 3 tablespoons water, vinegar, and sugar in a medium microwave-safe bowl; microwave at HIGH 2 minutes or until boiling. Add celery; let stand 15 minutes. Drain.

Step 3

Drain crabmeat on several layers of paper towels. Combine half of celery, 2 tablespoons mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon chives, 1 teaspoon mustard, black pepper, salt, and egg in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add crabmeat and 1/4 cup panko to mayonnaise mixture; toss gently. Chill 15 minutes.

Step 4

Combine remaining 3/4 cup panko, 1 tablespoon chives, and oil in a bowl; toss. Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon panko in bottom of each of 32 miniature muffin cups coated with cooking spray. Spoon 1 heaping tablespoon crab mixture over panko. Top each cup with 1/2 teaspoon panko mixture. Bake at 400° for 15 minutes.

Step 5

Preheat broiler to high.

Step 6

Lightly coat crab cakes with cooking spray. Broil 1 minute or until tops are crisp.

Step 7

Combine remaining 2 tablespoons mayonnaise, yogurt, remaining 1 teaspoon mustard, remaining half of celery, remaining 1 tablespoon chives, and hot sauce in a bowl. Top each crab cake with about 1/2 teaspoon sauce. Serve with lemon wedges.

Ratings & Reviews

not a maryland recipe

December 04, 2016
this is not a Maryland recipe what happened to the old bay?????

Mini crab cakes

November 17, 2015
Can these be frozen? I have a bounty of fresh crab and trying to decide whether to freeze the crab for later or make these and freeze for later