Southern Style Blue Crab Cakes

StonersLife Blue Crab Cakes

Difficulty: Simple (Helps if you’re a bit baked)

Prep Time: 10 minutes plus 30-35 minutes refrigeration time

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Serves: 8 or 1 if you have the serious munchies

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb fresh lump Blue Crab crabmeat
  • 20 saltine crackers – finely crushed
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 large egg – beaten
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ tsp hot sauce
  • ¼ cup olive oil

Instructions:

1. Gently pick through the crab to remove any remaining small pieces of shell.
2. In a medium-size bowl, toss the crab meat with the crushed saltine crackers and gently mix together. Set aside.
3. In a small bowl, mix the mayonnaise, egg, mustard, Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce until smooth.
4. Add the mayonnaise mixture to the crab mixture and gently toss the ingredients together.
5. To make it easier to form the crab cakes, cover the crab mixture and place in refrigerator for 30-45 minutes.
6. To make the large crab cakes, roughly divide the mixture and then using your hands, lightly shape it into ½ inch cake about 3-4 inches wide, just until it holds together. Do not pack the mixture tightly.
7. Add the olive oil to a large skillet over medium-high heat and when the oil is hot add four of the crab cakes. Cook for about 3 minutes per side and remove from the pan when they are golden brown on each side. Drain on a paper towel. Repeat with the remaining 4 crab cakes.
8. Serve immediately.

Stone Crab Claws

Stone Crab Claws

Difficulty: Simple
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Serves: 2

Ingredients:

3 pounds stone crab claws
1 lime
6 T butter
1 clove garlic – minced

Instructions:

1. Bring water to a boil in a steamer pot then place the crab claws in the steamer basket.
2. Allow them to steam for approximately 6-9 minutes. (Do not overcook)
3. While the claws are steaming, blend the minced garlic with softened butter using a fork.
4. Melt the blended butter before serving in a saucepan.
5. Remove claws from the steamer, crack claw open
6. Sprinkle with lime juice, serve with garlic butter sauce.
7. Serve immediately

Stone Crab Mustard Sauce

Stone Crab Mustard Sauce

Difficulty: Simple
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: None – Chill for 45 minutes before serving
Serves: 6-8

Ingredients:

1 cup mayonnaise
2 tsp half and half
4 tsp dry mustard
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp steak sauce (like A1)
Salt (to taste)
Fresh ground black pepper (to taste)

Instructions:

1. Whisk mayo, half and half, mustard, Worcestershire sauce and steak sauce in small bowl until smooth.
2. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
3. Chill for approximately 45 minutes.

Cilantro & Lime Crab Salad in Avocado Halves

Crab Salad in Avocado

Difficulty: Simple
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: None
Serves: 2

Ingredients:

½ cup lump crab meat
½ tsp light mayonnaise
1 T fresh cilantro, chopped
2 tsp red onion, diced finely
1-2 tsp jalapeno, diced finely
1 tsp lime zest
Juice from ½ lime
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper to taste
Dash of cumin
1 avocado, cut in half, pit removed

Instructions:

1. Combine the lump crab meat, mayonnaise, cilantro, red onion, jalapeno, lime zest, lime juice, sea salt, freshly cracked pepper, and cumin together
2. Spoon crab mixture into each avocado half.
3. Serve immediately.

Lobster and Stone Crab Enchilado

Crab Enchilados

Difficulty: Medium
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Serves: 2

Ingredients:

1-1/2 pounds of frozen, thawed lobster tails, cut in half, lengthwise, each half cut into thirds with shell intact
1 T fresh lime juice
¼ cup olive oil
1/3 cup chopped onion
2 T chopped green bell pepper
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 T chopped fresh parsley
¼ tsp paprika
2 large plum tomatoes, seeded, diced
½ cup canned tomato puree
¾ cup bottled clam juice
½ cup dry Sherry wine
1 bay leaf
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
1 pound stone crab claws, cracked

Instructions:

1. Place thawed lobster and fresh lime juice in medium bowl. Toss to coat.
2. Let stand 15 minutes, tossing lobster occasionally.
3. Heat olive oil in heavy large pot over high heat.
4. Add lobster pieces and any accumulated juices.
5. Sauté until lobster shells turn bright orange, about 4 minutes
6. Using a slotted spoon, return lobster to the same bowl.
7. Reduce heat to medium.
8. Add chopped onion and bell pepper to the pot, sauté until soft about 5 minutes.
9. Add chopped garlic cloves, fresh parsley and paprika, sauté 1 minute.

Stone Crab Dipping Sauce

Stone Crab Dipping Sauce

Difficulty: Simple
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Serves: 4

Ingredients:

1 cup sour cream
2 tsp horseradish
Salt (to taste)
Black pepper (to taste)
2 tsp Sweet hot mustard
Lemon juice from ½ lemon
1 dash garlic powder

Instructions:

1. Blend ingredients in a saucepan.
2. Cook on simmer until warm. DO NOT BOIL.
3. Serve with cold stone crab or any seafood