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Crab Cakes "Repast-Style"

This delicious crab cake recipe is from chef Joe Truex of Atlanta's Repast restaurant. Pair with Sauteed Sesame Spinach with Asparagus for an unforgettable meal.

  • Servings: 8
Crab Cakes "Repast-Style"

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, March 2009


  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 (1-inch) piece lemongrass, crushed
  • 1 (1-inch) piece ginger, crushed
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 dried birdseye chile, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Tabasco
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Asian sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 3 scallions, trimmed and thinly sliced
  • 1 pound fresh medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 pound jumbo lump crab meat, picked
  • Zest of 2 lemons
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • Yuzu-Caper Butter Sauce, for serving


  1. Place cream, lemongrass, ginger, star anise, and chile in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Remove from heat and let cool; strain, discarding solids. Stir in fish sauce and Tabasco; set aside.

  2. Heat sesame oil and olive oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Add scallions and cook until soft, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat; let cool.

  3. Place shrimp and egg in the bowl of a food processor and process until smooth. With the machine running, slowly add cream mixture; process until well combined.

  4. In a large bowl, mix together crabmeat, lemon zest, and cooled scallions. Gently fold in shrimp mixture.

  5. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and sprinkle with cornmeal. Place a 1-inch high round cutter about 2 1/2-inches in diameter on baking sheet. Fill cutter with crabmeat mixture, packing down slightly. Repeat process until all crabmeat has been used, about 8 times. Transfer to refrigerator to chill, 6 to 8 hours.

  6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Heat butter and canola oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium high heat. Place crab cakes, cornmeal-side down in skillet and cook until golden, about 2 minutes. Turn crab cakes and transfer skillet to oven until cornmeal side is golden and crisp, about 5 minutes. Serve immediately with butter sauce.

Reviews (3)

  • Emmz27 31 May, 2009

    Could you suggest a wine with the crab cakes?

  • JMarsden 15 May, 2009

    Whenever I travel places, I look for crab cakes. But now, with this recipe I can now make it anytime I want. The recipe sounds delicious!

  • atlhomie 7 Mar, 2009

    I have eaten several times at Repast - It is really good. CAn't wait to try these.

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