Here’s an Asian inspired spin on a classic crab cake—fresh lump crab meat mixed with lime zest, grated ginger, and spicy sriracha sauce, formed into patties, egg-dipped, and dredged in crispy panko, and then lightly fried. Yum! The crab cakes are small, so you can either serve them for appetizers or serve several as a main course.
Now, if you’re like me, you might want to make a double batch, because you can always use any extra crab mixture to top some butter lettuce and a few slices of avocado. Or, you might find yourself picking at the mixture just to make sure it tastes good, until lo and behold half of it is gone, which, if you’ve made a double batch, still leaves you plenty for the crab cakes. Enjoy!
- 8 ounces fresh lump crab meat, well picked through to remove any bits of shell
- 3 scallions, including green parts, finely chopped (about 1/4 cup)
- 2 Tbsp finely chopped cilantro
- 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger root
- 1 teaspoon finely grated lime zest
- 1 teaspoon lime juice, plus a little more for sprinkling on at service
- 1/2 to 1 teaspoon sriracha sauce, depending on how spicy you would like the crab cakes to be
- 2 Tbsp mayonnaise
- 2 Tbsp of panko bread crumbs for crab mixture plus 3/4 cup of panko bread crumbs for breading
- 1/2 cup all purpose flour
- 1 egg, beaten
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 Tbsp butter
- Lime slices for garnish
1 In a medium bowl, combine the scallions, cilantro, ginger, lime zest, lime juice, and mayonnaise. Stir in the lump crab meat and the panko to combine. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for 1 to 2 hours.
2 Using your clean hands, form the crab mixture into 1-inch diameter round balls.
3 Set out 3 bowls, one for flour, one for the beaten egg, and one for panko bread crumbs. Roll each crab ball in first the flour, then the beaten egg, and finally the panko. Set aside on a plate.
4 Heat the oil in a large, heavy-bottomed sauté pan on medium high heat. Swirl in the butter. After the butter has foamed up and melted, place the panko coated crab balls into the pan and press down gently with a metal spatula. Do not crowd the pan, you may need to work in batches. Cook a minute or two, until golden brown on one side, then gently turn the crab cakes over and cook until golden brown on the other side.
5 Remove to a paper towel lined plate or to a sheet pan in a low oven to keep warm. Sprinkle with lime juice to serve, and serve with a slice of lime.