The Deen Bros. Lighter Crab Cakes

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The Deen Bros. Lighter Crab Cakes

By Bobby and Jamie Deen

The Deen Bros. Lighter Crab Cakes

351 Fewer Calories
31 g Less Fat


Crab Cakes:
1 pound jumbo lump crabmeat, picked over
3 tablespoons diced pimientos, drained
3 scallions, finely chopped
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons Italian-style whole-wheat bread crumbs
1/4 cup light mayonnaise
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 egg white
1/2 teaspoon Paula Deen House Seasoning
1/4 teaspoon hot sauce
2 teaspoons canola oil

Lemon-Dill Sauce:
1/4 cup light mayonnaise
2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
2 teaspoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 garlic clove, minced

To make the crab cakes, combine the crabmeat, pimientos, scallions, 1/4 cup bread crumbs, mayonnaise, mustard, lemon juice, egg white, seasoning, and hot sauce in a large bowl until blended. Form into 8 equal patties.

Place the remaining bread crumbs on a sheet of waxed paper. Dredge the patties in the crumbs; transfer to a plate; refrigerate, covered, 20 minutes.

Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the patties and cook until crisp and golden, 3 – 4 minutes. Turn and cook 2 to 3 minutes longer.

Meanwhile, to prepare the Lemon-Dill Sauce, whisk together the mayonnaise, relish, dill, lemon zest, lemon juice, mustard, and garlic in a small bowl until blended. Serve with the crab cakes.

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Difficulty: easy

Per Serving: 336 Cal (2 crab cakes with about 2 tablespoons sauce); 29 g Protein; 13 g Tot Fat; 2 g Sat Fat; 4 g Mono Fat; 26 g Carb; 2 g Fiber; 4 g Sugar; 129 mg Calcium; 2 mg Iron; 1222 mg Sodium; 90 mg Cholesterol

Original recipe courtesy Paula Deen: Crab Cakes
Lightened Up recipe courtesy of The Deen Brothers and the Paula Deen Test Kitchen

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Awesome; i will try it out for my wife smile

By David Niehaus on May 26, 2011


By Anonymous on May 24, 2011


I absolutely love your recipes and do I your shows - I have not missed one of your shows in years from the Foodnetwork channel - every afternoon we have it on at 5.30 just when I arrive from work - LOVELY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Best wishes and I have to visit your Lady and Sons it is a must for me!!

By Barbara Remy on May 20, 2011


I would love to make the Crabcakes however, I have celiac disease and am not able to have the Italian Bread Crumbs... do you have a suggestion for a replacement that is gluten free?

By Kendra Baum on May 18, 2011


I have made the Sweet Potatoe Biscuits more than once. Once was not enough because they are soooooo good. Thanks, Evelyn

By Evelyn Schiro on May 18, 2011


I made the Lighter Crab Cakes last weekend. They are delicious! My Mother could not believe that I also made the Lemon-Dill Sauce. I baked them to keep from frying. They took longer to do so but were great.

By Sandi Taylor on May 17, 2011


A few weeks ago I was watching your show and one of your sons made a Key Lime frozen dessert pie . I have been unsuccessful in finding the recipe anywhere and would like to know how I can obtain it Thanks So much. Sybille

By Sybille Warburton on May 14, 2011


Greetings Mrs. Paula Deen How are you and your family fine i pray. the reason am sending you this message is to ask for help in making dinner rolls, & soft homemade cakes i must said my cakes are good but would like to try something a little differnce i love to bake & try new deserts. Like apple pies, pastry,cookies soft ones please help. Thanks! Cynthia

By Cynthia R. Williams on May 14, 2011


those crab cakes sound really yummy and i will make some as a special dinner for my daughter and i i just wrote down the recipe and i'll even make some for the next ladies jubilee

By Lydia Wendell on May 14, 2011


Your cooking is the best. I Love watching you and sharing your experiences and recipes. My children enjoy you so much. May God continue to Bless you and your family.

By Loraine C. Grego on May 14, 2011


I live in a place where we don't have access to your special seasonings & the one for the crab cakes is sold out if there substitutions that would already be in our spice/herb cupboard? Such a huge fan. Thanking you in advance, Julia Wood-Emery

By Julia Wood-Emery on May 13, 2011


Crab old bay seasoning mayo and saltine crackers. That's it.

By Keri on May 12, 2011

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