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Jan 16, 2007 12:38 AM

Grilled Crab Cakes?

Is this a good idea? I have a new grill and some good quality crab, does anyone have any suggestions for creating a grilled crab cake? Be specific (I don't have a go to recipe for crab cakes).


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  1. Hmm... never heard of one, but in my book, a crab cake is nearly all crab and so it just barely stays together in the saute pan. I can't bear the thought of seeing the cake fall apart and having all that gorgeous crab slip through the grill and into the flames.

    If you wanted to make it work, you'd need to increase the binders without making it too gloppy. Maybe other 'hounds will have ideas on that.

    1. I regularly cook crab cakes on the grill outside when it's grilling weather - usually as aps for something I'm grilling or doing on the weber rotisserie. But newhound is right - I'm just basically cooking them on the grill because I'm standing there with a beer in my left hand... I use a small cookie sheet over the coals and "griddle fry" the crab cakes - no different than if I were inside and pan frying. I use scallions and fresh chives or a little garlic, mix with lemon, an egg, a little olive oil, matzoh meal, crab boil seasoning, mix well, fold in the lump crab meat, then form into patties and grill.

      1. My recipe:
        1 large egg beaten
        1/4 cup Hellmann’s mayonnaise
        1 Tsp yellow mustard
        1 Tsp white wine Worcestershire
        1 Tsp Old Bay Seasoning
        2 Tsp parsley flakes
        1 lb. jumbo lump crabmeat

        Combine first six ingredients in a bowl and gently fold in crabmeat. Shape into four crab cakes and refrigerate for 1 hour before cooking. Grill on an oiled veggie/seafood grid (metal grate with small holes drilled throughout) over medium-high heat turning once until brown on both sides - roughly 10 minutes total on my grill.

        The veggie/seafood grid allows you to get the grilled flavor without losing any meat between the grates.

        2 Replies
        1. re: CDouglas

          Are you sure you don't use any kind of breading? I can't imagine the crabmeat sticking together in any way at all without some form of binder - even when using mayo.

          1. re: applehome

            I have experimented with using cracker meal before but find that they stick together about the same. The resting in the fridge part is the key to making them hold their shape.

        2. Maybe a stupid idea but grilled crab cakes sound SO good - could you try grilling them in a fish basket? It works well for me when grilling delicate, flaky fish, so maybe it would work for crab cakes?