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Paula Deen Crab Cakes

These Paula Deen crab cakes are tender, flavorful, and completely fuss-free!

You can make restaurant-quality crab cakes in just 15 minutes with this copycat recipe.

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Homemade Paula Deen Crab Cakes with Mayonnaise and Lemon

Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned home chef, this is one of the easiest crab cake recipes around.

Simply mix your ingredients and pan-fry your cakes. 

Each meaty cake is packed with fresh crab, buttery crackers, green onions, and more. 

They’re great as an appetizer or a quick dinner. So this is one recipe you’ll want to be sure to keep on hand. 

Grab a large mixing bowl and let’s make some crab cakes!

Paula Deen Crab Cakes 

Paula Deen has a long repertoire of cozy, home-style recipes. But it’s these crab cakes that have got me hooked, line, and sinker. 

And if you’re a shellfish lover, you’ll fall in love with these, too!

Where some crab cakes may skimp on the meat, these ones pack in a whole pound. 

Another different thing is this recipe doesn’t call for Old Bay seasoning. But don’t discount it just yet.

They have a medley of ingredients like mustard powder and Worcestershire sauce that adds a ton of flavor. 

Not only are these unique, but every bite is just as sensational as the last!

I love the use of buttery crackers as a binding agent because they add more flavor and texture than breadcrumbs.

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And a dash of cayenne is the perfect touch.

Plus, you can throw these together in a jiff. 

All you need is a large mixing bowl and a trusty skillet, which also means cleanup will be a breeze.

They’re classy enough for holidays and simple enough for a quick weeknight dinner.

Dress them up or dress them down, it’s totally up to you.

When picking out the crab, be on the lookout for “picked free” crabmeat. 

That means they’re shell-free.

You won’t have to spend time tediously sorting through the meat to remove shells piece by piece.

Tender and Flavcorful Crab Cakes with Lemon


  • Crab Meat – While fresh is best, you can use canned, too. If you’re using fresh crab, look for meat that’s de-shelled and picked free. It will make your life so much easier!
  • Buttery Crackers – Ritz crackers are the best, but use what you have. Oh, and be sure to crush them. You don’t want to bite in and get nothing but a mouthful of crackers! 
  • Green Onion – Use the white and the green part for more flavor.
  • Bell Pepper – It adds more texture and sneaks in some yummy complimentary veggies. 
  • Mayo – Very important because it keeps the cakes from being too dry. Plus, it makes them taste great!
  • Egg – Not only does it add more protein, but it helps the cakes bind so they don’t fall apart.
  • Worcestershire – To add a tangy flavor that’s part savory and part sweet.
  • Mustard – Be sure to use powdered mustard for a more pungent bite.
  • Lemon – You need a squeeze to enhance the flavor.
  • Garlic – Because it just tastes better with it!
  • Cayenne – A little pinch goes a long way.
  • Flour (Optional) – A quick dusting right before frying will help your crab cakes keep their shape.
  • Cooking Oil – When frying, choose a cooking oil with a high smoke point like peanut oil, safflower oil, or corn oil.
Homemade Crab Cakes with Lemon and Greens

Tips & Tricks for the Best Crab Cakes 

  • Don’t have crackers? No problem. Breadcrumbs, potato flour, and even cornflakes work for binding. 
  • Be careful not to overmix! You want your crab meat to be lumpy but well incorporated with the other ingredients. 
  • For a healthier alternative, you can bake the cakes instead of pan-frying them. 
  • Not a fan of mayo? No worries. You can use mayo substitutions like Greek yogurt or sour cream.
  • When frying, you’ll want an oil with a high smoke point so it doesn’t start burning before your crab cakes are ready.
  • If you like spicy foods, heat things up with hot sauce! You can swap out the cayenne for your favorite hot sauce. It will be spicy and have more depth. 
Juicy and Tender Crab Cakes with Lemons and Vegetables

What to Serve with Crab Cakes

Want to turn your crab cakes into a full meal? Excellent!

I have all sorts of perfect pairing ideas, like a fresh garden salad, lemon garlic couscous, or roasted asparagus. 

You can’t go wrong with potatoes either. Roasted potatoes, potato salad, or even sweet potato fries will go great. 

Sometimes, I even like to slap a crab cake on a warm roll and turn it into a sandwich.

I top it with classic fixings like tomato, lettuce, onion, and a creamy tartar sauce.

You know what else goes great is a crunchy slaw recipe like a tangy South Carolina slaw or a summer slaw. 

Even something as simple and fun as veggies hot off the grill goes swimmingly.

If you’re looking for a seafood dipping sauce, remoulade, orange chili, and roasted garlic aioli are some of my favorites. 

Hollandaise sauce, cocktail sauce, and tartar sauce are also foolproof pairings.

Of course, you can always keep it simple with a twist of lemon! 

Paula Deen Crab Cakes



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If you want a dish to impress, make these Paula Deen crab cakes! Learn the quick, easy recipe, plus, get tips for making the best crab cakes every time.


  • 1 pound 1 fresh crab meat, shell-free

  • 1/3 cup 1/3 crackers, crushed

  • 3 3 green onions, chopped

  • 1/2 cup 1/2 red bell pepper, diced

  • 1/2 cup 1/2 mayo

  • 1 teaspoon 1 Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 1 lemon, divided

  • 1 teaspoon 1 mustard powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon 1/2 garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon 1 salt

  • Handful flour (optional)

  • 1/2 cup 1/2 cooking oil


  • In a large bowl, combine the crab meat, crackers, green onions, and red bell pepper. Mix until well incorporated.
  • In a separate bowl, mix the mayo, Worcestershire sauce, 1/2 lemon juice, mustard powder, garlic powder, and salt. Combine it with other ingredients and mix until well incorporated.
  • Shape the mixture into patties. Dust them with flour if cooking immediately. Otherwise, place the patties in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes or until firm.
  • In a large skillet, heat the cooking oil on medium heat. Pan-fry each side for 5 minutes or until golden brown. Repeat until all the patties are done.
  • Serve them with lemon wedges and enjoy!
Paula Deen Crab Cakes

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Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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