Surimi, a sort of minced fish paste shaped and flavoured to mimic crab flesh, is used to make imitation crab cakes, a popular seafood delicacy. They are frequently used as a less expensive substitute for conventional crab cake recipe, which are cooked with actual crab flesh.
Mayonnaise is used in classic crab cake recipe to help bind the ingredients together and provide moisture to the cakes. However, due to dietary constraints or personal taste, some people prefer to forego mayonnaise.
In this recipe, we will make mayonnaise-free imitation crab cakes. Instead, we will use Greek yoghurt as a binding agent and flavouring elements such as Old Bay spice and Dijon mustard. These imitation crab cakes are a delicious and healthier version of the conventional dish.
Ingredients for Imitation Crab Cake Recipe
Here is a list of ingredients you will need to make the imitation crab cakes:
- 1 pound imitation crab meat
- 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
- 1 large egg
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
- 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
- 2 green onions, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Salt and pepper, to taste
You can make substitutions or variations to this recipe as desired. For example, you can use regular mayonnaise instead of Greek yogurt if you prefer. You can also add in other herbs or spices to your liking. If you want to add a little crunch to your crab cakes, you can mix in some finely chopped bell peppers or celery. You can also use panko breadcrumbs instead of regular breadcrumbs for a crisper texture.
To prepare the imitation crab cakes, follow these steps:
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the imitation crab meat, Greek yogurt, egg, Dijon mustard, Old Bay seasoning, breadcrumbs, green onions, and salt and pepper. Mix everything together until well combined.
- Divide the mixture into 8 equal portions and shape each portion into a patty. You can use a medium-sized cookie cutter or a round glass to shape the patties evenly.
- Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add the olive oil. Once the oil is hot, place the patties in the skillet and cook for about 3-4 minutes on each side, or until they are golden brown and heated through.
- Serve the imitation crab cakes hot, with your choice of dipping sauce or topped with a salad.
Here are a few tips for shaping the mixture into patties and cooking them evenly:
- To shape the patties, wet your hands before handling the mixture. This will prevent the mixture from sticking to your hands and make it easier to shape.
- To ensure that the patties are cooked evenly, make sure they are all the same size and thickness. You can use a cookie cutter or glass to shape the patties evenly.
- To prevent the patties from falling apart while cooking, handle them gently when flipping them over. Use a spatula to carefully lift and turn them over, rather than trying to flip them with your hands.
- If the patties are browning too quickly, reduce the heat to medium. If they are not cooking fast enough, increase the heat to medium-high.
There are many delicious ways to serve imitation crab cakes. Here are a few serving suggestions:
- Serve the crab cakes with a dipping sauce, such as tartar sauce or lemon aioli.
- Top the crab cakes with a refreshing salad or slaw, such as a mixed greens salad with cherry tomatoes and cucumber, or a classic coleslaw made with shredded cabbage.
- Pair the crab cakes with other dishes or sides to create a complete meal. Some ideas include serving them with a bowl of soup or chowder, a side of roasted vegetables, or a simple green salad.
- For a more traditional seafood feast, serve the crab cakes with other classic dishes such as lobster bisque, shrimp cocktail, or baked cod.
- You can also serve the crab cakes as an appetizer, along with other small bites such as deviled eggs, onion dip, or spinach and artichoke dip.
Overall, the imitation crab cakes can be served and paired with a wide variety of dishes and sides to suit your taste and preferences. Experiment and have fun with different serving and pairing ideas to find what you enjoy most.
Finally, because they are prepared with Greek yoghurt rather than mayonnaise, the imitation crab cakes are a tasty and healthier alternative to original crab cakes. They are simple to make and may be personalised with your favourite herbs, spices, and other ingredients.
I hope you will try this recipe and experiment with other adjustments or additions to suit your preferences. You may add your preferred herbs and spices, as well as additional ingredients like bell peppers or celery, for extra crunch.
I invite you to experiment with this dish and see where it fits in your food plan. I am convinced that whether you serve the crab cakes as a main course, appetiser, or as part of a bigger seafood feast, they will be a favourite with your family and friends. Enjoy!
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