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Key West Style Crab Cakes

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“Got this recipe from a cookbook my husband & I picked up on our honeymoon in the Keys. A few years later, stuck in snowy, land-locked IA where we live, we decided to make up a few batches of these with some Rum Runners and have a "Wish We Were in Key West" dinner party with a few friends.”

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 lb crabmeat (I use canned,lump)
  • 2 slices bacon (cooked crisp & crumbled)
  • 2 tablespoons onions (minced)
  • 12 red bell pepper (cleaned & chopped fine)
  • 12 green bell pepper (cleaned & chopped fine)
  • 1 celery rib (chopped fine)
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 14 cup fresh herb (parsley, cilantro, basil)
  • 3 -4 tablespoons breadcrumbs
  • 1 12 teaspoons Old Bay Seasoning
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 pinch cayenne
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 1 -2 tablespoon heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons butter or 3 tablespoons oil


  1. When preparing bacon, remove from pan and sautee onions, peppers, celery & garlic in bacon drippings.
  2. Transfer to a bowl, add crabmeat, herbs& breadcrumbs.
  3. Fold in egg & cream.
  4. Form into patties, size of your choice.
  5. Wrap & refrigerate atleast 30 minutes.
  6. Pan fry cakes in butter/oil til crispy on both sides, approximately 3 minutes per side.
  7. Serve with horseradish/mustard sauce.

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