Baked Lump Crab Cakes with Red Pepper Chipotle Lime Sauce

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Plate with two crab cakes drizzled with red pepper sauce and a side of greens

The baked crab cakes are out of this world! You'll think they came from a high end restaurant.
Serve these as an appetizer or enjoy as a meal with a salad.

Trying to come up with a low fat crab cake was quite a challenge, but you won't miss the fried version when you taste these. The sauce adds just the right amount of heat to them, but you can adjust to your taste.

I highly recommend using fresh crab meat rather than canned for best results. Do not skip refrigerating the patties before baking, this really helps them stay together.

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Baked Lump Crab Cakes with Red Pepper Chipotle Lime Sauce

Yield: 4servings
COURSE: Appetizer
CUISINE: American


For the Crab Cakes:

  • 9ounceslump crab meat, picked free of shells
  • 1/2cupabout 13 reduced fat Ritz crackers, crushed
  • 1whole egg plus 1 egg white, beaten
  • 2finely chopped scallions
  • 2tbspfinely chopped red bell pepper
  • 1tbsplow fat mayonnaise
  • 2tbspfresh cilantro, or parsley
  • 1/2lime, juiced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • cooking spray

For the Zesty Chipotle Lime Sauce:


Red Pepper Chipotle Lime Sauce:

  • In a small blender (or magic bullet) puree mayonnaise, lime juice, roasted pepper and chipotle pepper.

Crab Cakes:

  • In a large bowl, combine crushed crackers, eggs, scallions, pepper, mayo, cilantro, lime juice, salt and pepper.
  • Mix well, then fold in crab meat, careful not to over mix so the crab remains in large chunks.
  • Gently shape into patties using a 1/2 cup measuring cup.
  • Chill in the refrigerator at least 1/2 hour before baking.
  • Preheat oven to 400°.
  • Grease a baking sheet with cooking spray.
  • Bake about 8-10 minutes on each side, until nicely browned.
  • Drizzle red pepper chipotle lime sauce over crab cakes and serve.


Serving: 1cake, Calories: 173.6kcal, Carbohydrates: 11.7g, Protein: 13.1g, Fat: 8.8g, Fiber: 1.3g
Blue Smart Points: 3
Green Smart Points: 4
Purple Smart Points: 3
Points +: 5