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5 from 7 votes

Jumbo Lump Crab Cake Bites

Forget meatballs! These crab cake bites are what you need to serve at your next party.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crab cake bites
Servings: 21
Calories: 74kcal
Author: Jennifer Farley


  • 16 ounces fresh jumbo lump crab meat (see notes)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup regular mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1/8 teaspoon fines herbs (see notes)
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1-2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • optional: dijon mustard for serving


  • Set the oven to broil and place the oven rack near the top.
  • In a medium sized bowl, gently pick through the crab meat to remove any shells. Try not to break up the lumps.
  • In a separate bowl, beat the egg and then whisk in the mayonnaise until well combined.
  • Add the breadcrumbs, Old Bay, fines herbs, garlic powder, mustard and Worcestershire sauce, stirring until well combined.
  • A little bit at a time, gently fold the wet mixture into the crab meat. This part takes some patience because you really want to avoid breaking up the lump meat.
  • Using a kitchen scale, weigh out 1 ounce bites and gently shape them with your hands.
  • Lightly grease the bottom of a baking sheet (baking spray works well) and place the crab cake bites on the sheet.
  • Place a small piece of butter on top of each crab cake bite.
  • Broil for 7-10 minutes, keeping a close eye to make sure they don't burn. Allow them to cook on one side the entire time (the lack of filler makes them very delicate). If the tops seem like they're going to burn, lower the oven rack or switch the broiler to a lower setting. You're not cooking the meat but you want the filling to solidify and the egg to cook through.
  • When the tops are golden brown, remove the pan from the oven and allow to cool. Place a toothpick in each crab cake bite before serving.


Regular lump meat will also work, but I strongly recommend avoiding any crab meat sold in a can. See if you can find fresh crab meat sold in containers near the seafood counter at your grocery store, or at your local seafood market if you have one.
Fines Herbs is a dried spice blend. If you can't find it at your grocery store, Amazon sells it, or you can make your own. Google "Fines herbs recipe" and several results will pop up using a mix of dried herbs you probably already own.


Calories: 74kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 260mg | Potassium: 56mg | Vitamin A: 45IU | Vitamin C: 1.6mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 0.4mg