RECIPE: Easy Kelp Crab Cakes


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RECIPE: Easy Kelp Crab Cakes

  • Author: Catherine Walthers
  • Yield: Makes 6 2½-inch crabcakes. Serves 3–4 1x


You can usually find the freshest crab in the frozen fish case at one of the local fish markets. These go so fast, I usually start by doubling the recipe. If you catch and pick your crabs, lucky you.


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  • 1 (8-oz) package of frozen Jonah or rock crab, thawed (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 egg, mixed with a fork
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 3 Tbsp. scallions or chives, green section, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup red pepper, minced
  • 1/3 cup fresh or fresh-frozen Martha’s Vineyard kelp, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh dill, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp. each salt and pepper


Remoulade sauce, your favorite recipe, to serve

1. Squeeze any additional liquid from the crab after it has thawed, and add to a mixing bowl. Add the egg, mayonnaise, panko breadcrumbs, scallions, red pepper, kelp, lemon juice, dill and salt and pepper. Mix gently. Let sit about 10–15 minutes before forming into cakes to let breadcrumbs absorb extra moisture.

2. Form into cakes about 2 to 3 inches in diameter. Add some butter and olive oil to a skillet and gently cook until each side is golden. Serve with a remoulade sauce or salsa.

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Catherine Walthers
Catherine Walthers
Catherine Walthers, Bluedot’s food editor, is a Martha’s Vineyard-based writer, culinary instructor, and private chef. A former journalist, she is the author of 4 cookbooks, including Kale, Glorious Kale, Soups + Sides, and Raising the Salad Bar. She wrote an environmental guidebook called A Greener Boston published by Chronicle Books in 1992. Follow her on Instagram @catherine_walthers.
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