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Onion Ring Crab Cakes and Spicy Coleslaw


Makes about 12 crab cakes.

Contains gluten, shellfish, eggs and dairy.

I am very excited to share one of my new favorite crab cake recipes that is packed with a twist. The onion ring is used as the mold and adds a bit of crunch with the panko coating. It is also served with a slightly spicy coleslaw instead of a sauce.

Onion Ring Crab Cakes


1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/3 cup Parmesan cheese

1 egg

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

1 tablespoon chives, finely chopped

1 tablespoon red bell pepper, finely chopped

1 teaspoon garlic, minced

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon black pepper

1 cup crab meat

1 cup panko

1/4 cup cooked bacon, chopped

Onion Rings

3 large white onions cut into 1/2 inch rings

2 cups flour

2 eggs

2 teaspoons baking powder

2 cups milk

1 1/2 cups panko

1-2 cups vegetable oil

Method - Crab Cakes

Take a large mixing bowl and blend mayonnaise, cheese, 1 egg, mustard, chives, red bell pepper, garlic, salt, and black pepper together.

Squeeze some of the liquid from the crab (so it's not to wet). Fold crab, 1 cup panko and bacon into the mayonnaise mixture. Place in refrigerator to keep cool.

Method - Onion Rings

Cut onions into ½ inch wide rings. Separate into individual rings and coat with flour.

Mix 2 eggs, baking powder and milk into 2 cups of flour.

Coat floured onion rings with batter and set on a wire rack so the extra batter will drip off.

Pour 1 1/2 cups of panko into a mixing bowl and coat each onion ring.

Method - Filling Onion Rings and Cooking

Place the individual onion rings on a plate and fill each one with the crab cake mixture. Press the crab mixture firmly into each ring to make sure it is filled and level with the top of the ring. Don't pack them to hard or the onion ring may split apart. Pick up the filled ring with a spatula and set to one side. Repeat until all of the rings are filled.

In a sauté pan, add enough oil to cover the rings about half way up their side and heat to 350 degrees F.

Use a spatula to place onion rings into the hot oil and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, until golden brown.

When done, drain the rings on a paper towel to remove any excess oil.

Spicy Coleslaw


1 cup mayonnaise

1/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

6 cups shredded green cabbage

1/2 cup shredded carrot

1 cup shredded red cabbage

1/4 cup red bell pepper strips, thinly sliced


In a large mixing bowl, blend mayonnaise, sugar, vinegar, lemon juice, salt and cayenne pepper together to make the dressing.

In a separate bowl, mix shredded green cabbage, carrots, red cabbage and red peppers together.

Combine dressing and cabbage mixture.


When ready to serve, place a small spoonful of coleslaw on top each crab cake.


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