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Crab Cakes with Roasted Red-Pepper Dip


Crab cakes with roasted red-pepper dip can be prepared in advance and sauteed before your dinner guests arrive.

  • Yield: Makes 3 dozen

Source: Martha Stewart Living, November 2000


  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 10 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small red onion, finely diced
  • 1 small red bell pepper, finely diced
  • 4 stalks celery, finely diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot-pepper sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 pound lump crabmeat, drained and picked to remove shells
  • 3/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • Roasted Red-Pepper Dip for Crab Cakes


  1. In a large skillet, heat butter and 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Add onion, bell pepper, celery, Worcestershire sauce, pepper sauce, salt, and pepper; saute until the vegetables have softened, 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool to room temperature.

  2. Transfer the cooled vegetable mixture to a medium bowl. Add crabmeat, breadcrumbs, basil, mayonnaise, mustard, and eggs, and stir to combine well. With your hands, shape mixture into 2-inch patties.

  3. Heat oven to 250 degrees. In a large saute pan, heat 4 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Add 8 to 10 crab cakes, and cook until golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes on each side. Drain on paper towels. Transfer crab cakes to a baking sheet, and keep warm in the oven. Repeat, cooking the remaining crab cakes, adding remaining 4 tablespoons olive oil as needed. Serve hot with roasted red-pepper dip.

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