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Southwestern Crab Cakes

by | Published Nov 2, 2021 | Last updated Jan 18, 2022 | 0 comments

Prep Time35 minsCook Time16 minsTotal Time51 minsYields6 Servings
These are not your typical crab cakes. I made them for a video shoot and added a Southwestern twist, and they were a huge hit. The crunchy tortilla chips add great texture to the creamy crab mixture.
Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 cake

Servings 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories 272
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 119mg40%
Sodium 458mg20%
Potassium 79mg3%
Total Carbohydrate 5g2%
Dietary Fiber 1g4%
Sugars 2g
Protein 17g34%

Vitamin A 25%
Vitamin C 22%
Calcium 18%
Iron 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.



In a large bowl, combine the crabmeat, jalapeno, 3/4ths of the chopped cilantro, mayo, creama, lemon juice, tortilla chips, beaten egg, and seasonings and mix thoroughly. Form 6 even sized cakes from the mixture. Place a layer of crushed tortilla chips on a plate and lightly press each cake into the crushed chips to create a nice crust. Set aside.


Set your grill up for direct cooking. Fill a charcoal chimney with charcoal and light it with a fire starter cube. When the coals have turned gray, dump them into the charcoal grate or basket in an even layer, close the lid, and open the top and bottom vents. Preheat GrillGrates flatside up for 15 minutes before cooking. Spray the grates with avocado oil (or duck fat spray!) before using them.


Right before you plan to cook, scatter a small handful of applewood chips directly on the hot coals (optional)


Open the lid, place the crab cakes on the preheated GrillGrates for 4-5 minutes, until the outside turns golden brown. Carefully flip the crab cakes and cook for another 4-5 minutes, until the other side is golden brown.


When the cakes are done, remove them from the grates and set them aside.


To serve, place the crab cakes on a platter and top with the remaining chopped cilantro with lemon wedges on the side.


 1 lb jumbo lump crabmeat
 1 jalapeno, diced
 1 bunch of cilantro, chopped and divided
 ½ cup mayonnaise
 ½ cup Mexican creama
 1 lemon, juiced
 ½ cup tortilla chips, crushed
 1 large egg, beaten
 1 tbsp poultry and seafood seasoning
 avocado oil spray or duck fat spray
 lemon wedges


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