Crab Cakes with Joe's Mustard Sauce

Crab Cakes with Joe's Mustard Sauce

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This classic crab cake recipe is a Mr. Food fan favorite. It even includes the famous mustard sauce recipe from Joe's Stone Crab Restaurant that is simply perfect with these crab cakes.


Note: For a more mustardy bite, whisk about 1/2 teaspoon more mustard powder into the finished sauce until well blended.

TV Tidbits: Joe's Stone Crab Restaurant in Miami Beach is an institution. My friends there shared their special sauce recipe with me a long time ago and, when I shared it (with their permission, of course) on one of my earliest shows, letters poured in from fans who'd been dying to get their hands on it for years!


  • 3/4 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 egg
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon-style mustard
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
  • 2 cans (6.5 ounces each) lump crabmeat, drained and cleaned
  • 2 tablespoons butter


  1. In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients except crabmeat and butter; mix well. Fold in crabmeat, being careful not to break it up. Form into 8 equal-sized patties.
  2. In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Sauté patties 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until browned. Serve immediately as is or with tartar, cocktail, or mustard sauce (see below).

Joe's Mustard Sauce
Makes about 1 cup

1 tablespoon plus 1/2 teaspoon mustard powder (see Note)
1 cup mayonnaise
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon steak sauce
2 tablespoons heavy cream
2 tablespoons milk
Pinch of salt

  1. In a medium bowl, combine mustard powder and mayonnaise; beat 1 minute.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and beat until mixture is well blended and creamy. Cover and chill until ready to serve.



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I'm from Maryland originally, so crab cakes were a staple around our house. I love collecting crab cake recipes and seeing what spins different cooks put on the dish. This is a quite straightforward basic crab cake recipe and should produce some tasty nibbles. The mustard sauce looks really interesting as well, and I'll have to make that up too since I think it'd be excellent on burgers.


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