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Crab Cakes

Recipe Date: August 31, 2020
Yield: 6 Servings
Prep: PT30M 30 minutes | Cook: 20 minutes
Total Time: PT50M 2 hours
Difficulty: Easy
Measurements: Imperial (US)

This recipe is from the renowned Square One in San Francisco. It has withstood the test of time, when you find a perfect recipe, stick with it! Chenin Blanc + Viognier has the racy acidity and lightness the crab cakes call out for.


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ½ cup minced yellow onion
  • 2 ribs celery, finely diced
  • 1 ½ teaspoons dry mustard
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 pound crabmeat
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup fresh breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped chives
  • 2 tablespoons chopped mint
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • ½ cup panko
  • ½ cup canola oil, or as needed for frying
  • Salt to taste
  • Lemon wedges and aioli for serving (aioli recipe not included)


Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and celery, and season with salt; cook until translucent, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the dry mustard and cayenne, stir well, and cook for 3 minutes.

Transfer to a bowl and let cool completely.

Add the crabmeat, mayonnaise, egg, breadcrumbs, chives, mint, and lemon zest to the cooled onion mixture and combine well. Shape into 8 patties, each about ½ inch thick. Place the panko in a shallow bowl and coat each crab cake with the panko. Arrange the cakes on a baking sheet lined with parchment or waxed paper. Chill for 1 hour.

Heat the canola oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add as many crab cakes as will fit without crowding and cook until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels if necessary.

Serve immediately with lemon wedges and your favorite aioli.