Crab Cakes with Tartar Sauce

  • Yield : 6
  • Servings : 6
  • Prep Time : 2:05 h
  • Cook Time : 20m


  • ¾ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons minced cornichons (about 3 large) plus 2 teaspoons cornichon brine
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1½ teaspoons finely chopped fresh tarragon
  • 1 tablespoon minced scallion
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallot

Ingredients CRAB CAKES

  • 1½ pounds jumbo lump crabmeat, picked over to remove any cartilage or shell
  • 8 scallions, green part only, minced (about ½ cup)
  • 6 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons seafood seasoning, such as Old Bay
  • 1½ tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 6 tablespoons plain dry breadcrumbs
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground white pepper
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil

Method for the tartar sauce

  • Mix together the mayonnaise, cornichons and brine, parsley, tarragon, scallion and shallot in a small bowl.
  • Cover and refrigerate until the flavors blend, at least 30 minutes (this can be refrigerated for several days).


Step 1

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Gently mix the crabmeat, scallions, mayonnaise, Old Bay, parsley, 4 tablespoons of the breadcrumbs and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl, taking care not to break up the crab lumps.

Step 2

Season with white pepper and additional salt, if necessary, to taste. Using a rubber spatula, carefully fold in the eggs until the mixture just clings together. If necessary, add more breadcrumbs 1 tablespoon at a time.

Step 3

Divide the crab mixture into 12 equal portions and shape each into a round cake, about 2 1/2 inches across and 1 inch high. Lay formed crab cakes on the parchment-lined baking sheet.

Step 4

Cover with plastic wrap and chill at least 30 minutes (these can be refrigerated up to 24 hours). Put the flour on a plate or in a pie tin. Gently place the crab cakes, one by one, into the flour and dust all over with flour to lightly coat. Set the floured cakes on a wire rack.

Step 5

In a large nonstick skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking. Gently lay half of the floured crab cakes in the skillet and cook until the outsides are crisp and browned, 4 to 5 minutes per side.

Step 6

Repeat with the remaining crab cakes.

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