Crab Cakes with Creamy Cocktail Sauce

by Carol Kicinski

16 ounces crab meat, picked over and flaked
1 ½ cups finely crushed Crunchmaster® Sea Salt Multi-Grain Crackers
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
¼ cup minced green onions, white and green parts
½ cup mayonnaise, use divided
Juice of 1 lemon
Several dashes of hot sauce, use divided
¼ tsp. salt
½ tsp. pepper
¼ cup vegetable oil
2 tbsp. unsalted butter
¼ cup cocktail sauce
Lemon wedges for serving

Combine crabmeat with ¼ cup cracker crumbs, eggs, green onions, ¼ cup mayonnaise, lemon juice, 4 or 5 dashes of hot sauce, salt and pepper, mix well. Pour remaining cracker crumbs into a dinner plate or shallow bowl.

Shape crab mixture into 12 cakes using ¼ cup mixture for each cake. Coat the crab cakes with cracker crumbs, lightly pressing the crumbs into the cakes. Place crab cakes on a plate, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 4 hours.

Heat oil and butter in a large skillet over medium heat until butter is melted. Cook the crab cakes in batches (do not overcrowd the pan) for 3 – 4 minutes per side or until golden brown on the bottom.

Whisk together the remaining ¼ cup mayonnaise with the cocktail sauce and 3 or 4 dashes of hot sauce.

Serve the crab cakes with the creamy cocktail sauce and lemon wedges.