Hamcock’s Crabby Cakes

These might be the best crab cakes.

This seems to be a popular recipe. The cakes are simple and highlight the crab--there’s not much filling but the cakes still hold together well enough to cook.  Makes 5-6 cakes.

Phillips Jumbo crab meat  is good stuff. Buy this or something similar.

Phillips Jumbo crab meat  is good stuff. Buy this or something similar.


Cooked Vegetable Mixture

  • ¼ c minced onion
  • ¼ c minced bell pepper
  • ¼ c minced celery
  • 2-3 minced garlic cloves
  • 2-3 tablespoons drained capers
  • Bay leaf
  • Olive oil
  • Salt/pepper
  • Crushed red pepper flake and/or
  • Cajun/creole seasonin'

Wet Ingredients for Cake Mixture

  • 2-3 tbsp mayo
  • 2-3 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ c chopped herbs (basil, cilantro, dill, parsley, thyme, etc)
  • Salt/Pepper
  • Red pepper flake/cayenne/Cajun seasoning to taste
  • Dry Ingredients for Cake Mixture
  • 1 lb crab meat (jumbo lump prefered, claw meat also good)
  • Scant ½ c bread crumbs


  • ¼ c AP flour
  • ¼ c bread crumbs
  • Salt/pepper
  • Dash Cajun seasoning

Horseradish Aoli

  • ¼ c mayonaise
  • juice of scant ½ lemon
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • ½ tsp horseradish
  • dash of dill
  • few dashes Old Bay or cajun seasoning
  • salt and pepper to taste


Cooking the vegetable mix

Sweat the minced vegetables and other ingredients from the first list in olive oil on low/med heat until translucent. Remove bay leaf. Let cool.

Mixing and forming the Crabby Cakes

Beat egg lightly in bowl.  Add cooked vegetables, mayo, mustard, seasoning, herbs, spices. Maybe add a dash of hot sauce. Mix until well combined.

Add drained, picked crab meat and scant half cup of breadcrumbs to wet mixture. Fold gently to combine. Add more breadcrumbs if the mixture is too sticky.

Mix flour, more breadcrumbs, and seasoning in plate for coating cakes.

Form crab cakes by hand and coat each side lightly with breading. Wrap in parchment and freeze as-is or cook immediately.

Cooking the Crabby Cakes

To cook, pan fry them in shallow oil for 3-4 minutes on each side: however long it takes to get them golden brown. Place on paper towels to drain after cooking.

They can also be baked, but I don't know the time/temp needed. Maybe on parchment at 450°F for 7-10 minutes each side? 

Horseradish Aioli

Just mix all that stuff together is those basic proportions. There's no need to be precise.


Recipe courtesy:   Based on a recipe from Prime Time Emeril (2001) that’s really been kicked up some more notches.