Italian Crab and Shrimp Cake Appetizer

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Calling all seafood and crab cake lovers! One of my favorite appetizers, an amazing combo of flavors sure to please any seafood lover. This crab cake even taste great the next day. Serve plain or with tarter sauce you will be amazed what a great recipe this is!

Italian Crab and Shrimp Cake Appetizer

1 pound crab meat, jumbo, lump or back-fin
1/2 cup shrimp clean deveined and cut up
2 heaping tablespoons mayonnaise
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon chopped red bell pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 to 4 cloves of minced garlic
1/2 tablespoon mustard powder
18  buttery flavored crackers, crumbled


Combine all ingredients except the crackers. Add crackers crumbs in as close to sauteing as possible so that the crab cakes don’t get too moist from the other ingredients. Form into patties the size of hamburger patties.

Saute in frying pan over medium-to-high heat in butter, 10 minutes per side. Make sure that it’s crispy outside but moist and juicy inside. Serve with tarter sauce and  butter sauce.

Serve with butter sauce:
1/3 cup white wine
1/2 cup heavy cream
4 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder or 1 clove finely minced chopped garlic
1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley

Place wine in a small saucepan, simmer over low to medium heat until reduced by half.

Add cream and simmer gently until mixture reaches a sauce-like consistency.

Add butter, garlic, lemon juice and parsley and stir until butter is melted and mixture is smooth. If the sauce is a little thin, simmer, stirring constantly, until it reaches the desired consistency. If the sauce is too thick and/or separated, add a little water (one teaspoon at a time) and stir or whisk vigorously until sauce is fixed. Serve immediately.
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  1. Well, we're definitely seafood lovers and these look great. I think I'd plump for the tartare sauce as a topping.

  2. I love crab cakes but when paired with shrimp, I can only imagine how good this tastes!

  3. I love crab cakes but a lot of them have way too much other stuff added. I like as much crab as possible. I substitute the may for yogurt and it turns out pretty good.
    Your recipe looks so good. I'll be at the store this morning picking up some crab. :)

  4. Tasty appetizer Claudia, I love crab cakes! Crab and shrimp are the perfect seafood combo in my opinion.

  5. Love the addition of shrimp to the classic crab cake, they look amazing! Nicely done! :)

  6. Pretty cake, Claudia. I always look forward to crab cakes when I visit towns that have fresh crab in abundance. So I know I would love this-the ingredients sound so wholesome too!

  7. Yes, the combo of flavour is fabulous but the presentation is very beautiful!

  8. Crab cakes are my favorite appetizers that I like to make into my own meal! Love your presentation too.

  9. Lovely recipe. I think it's really nicely done!

  10. What a lovely blog!!!! I am greek but I love Italian cusine. Your recipes are fantastic!!I am going follow you , Best regards from the island of Crete-Greec

  11. I absolutely LOVE crab cakes. The addition of the shrimp is wonderful. I bet it tasted divine! Your presentation was lovely.

  12. I'm a huge seafood lover and you've definitely got a very pleasing recipe here :-D. I love that you used both crab and shrimp. These crab cakes look and sound delicious! What a great recipe! Thank you for sharing!

  13. This takes crab cakes to another level. Both shrimp and crab are so plump and sweet. They go well together.

  14. This is a such a nice variation on crab cakes, one of my favorite dishes. I'm looking forward to trying them with your creamy wine sauce, an excellent idea!

  15. Claudia, the shrimp included with the crab for the cakes is a great plus. Your appetizer looks wonderful!

    Bon appetit!

  16. I love crab cakes - such a good idea to use shrimp too! Your presentation is gorgeous!

  17. Another winner Claudia - love both shrimp and crab but together, they're unbeatable!

  18. Crab cakes are one of my favorite treats. These sound amazing!

  19. I am not sure how I missed this the first time around. Giant 2 thumbs up. Crab cakes and shrimp 2 of my favorites.

  20. I love crab cakes and adding shrimp make them even better!! They look perfect, Claudia!


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