If you’re thinking about making an appetizer for a holiday party, you have to try this one! It’s incredibly easy to prepare, but elegant enough for a party. The best part is kids AND adults love them. Each little bite is packed with big flakes of sweet crab meat, has just a bit of tang from the lemon juice and a crispy texture from the bread crumbs. I actually first created this recipe for Good Bite recently and it was a big success with them. If you want a few extra tips, check out the video here on Good Bite

I made these for dinner last week and Kenya had a ball dipping them in the lemon aioli and them eating them up one after another. Whether you make these for friends or just serve them to your family, I promise everyone will be impressed by your culinary creation.


Mini Crab Cakes

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Servings: 36 mini crab cakes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 1 Lb Lump Crab Meat, picked over and drained well
  • 1/3 Cup Red Bell Pepper, chopped fine
  • 2 tablespoon Scallions, whites plus 2 inches of green finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 Tsp Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1/4 Cup mayonnaise (or vegan mayonnaise)
  • 2 Tsp lemon juice
  • 2 Tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/2 Cup panko crumbs, white or wheat
  • canola oil for pan searing
  • Lemon Aioli
  • 1 cup mayonnaise (or vegan mayonnaise)
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning


Crab Cakes

  • Combine all the ingredients except for the oil in a bowl.
  • Using a spoon or mini ice cream scooper, use about 1 tbsp of the mixture to form crab cakes, packing the meat tightly so it holds together.
  • Heat a thin coat of oil in a large saute over medium heat.
  • Add the crab cakes a cook for 2 minutes on each side until golden.
  • Serve with Lemon Aioli.
  • *After step 2, place cakes on a baking sheet and freeze for 30 minutes then place in a ziploc bag, label and freeze up to 4 months. When ready, allow to defrost in fridge for 24 hours and follow steps 3-5.

Lemon Aioli

  • Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and stir to combine.


Calories: 45kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 310mg | Sugar: 1g
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About the Author

Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.


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