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Mini Crab Cakes w/ Cilantro Lime Sauce + HUGE Giveaway

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Do you love going to a good party? Well, I have a treat for you today. I’m hosting a Springtime Progressive Dinner Party with some of my favorite blog friends tonight! From the table scape to appetizers, sides, the main course, and of course drinks and desserts–we all have it covered. And of course we can’t have a dinner party without giving one lucky guest the most amazing giveaway ($650 total value).
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I always love bringing an appetizer to a dinner party, so that is what I’m bringing to the party tonight. In an effort to constantly continue to challenge myself  I decided to break out of my comfort zone and make one of my favorite appetizers… Mini Crab Cakes. For some odd reason, they have always intimidated me and I just made them for the first time over Easter. I know–its crazy talk. But I’m so weird like that.

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These Mini Crab Cakes are super easy to make. The best part is that you can put the filling together ahead of time and fry them just before your guest arrive, transfer them to a warm oven on 200 degrees Fahrenheit and then serve them once your guest are at your dinner party. I looked at over a dozen recipes and none seemed to really hit me. It wasn’t until Ina’s recipe. It is chocked full of veggies and y’all know me. I love me some veggies!

Mini Crab Cakes with Cilantro Lime Sauce via

This recipe also called for cooking the veggies in tasty butter and olive oil. Whenever I’m cooking I love to use Land O Lakes® Butter Half Sticks. The butter stays fresher longer, and like most recipes I find myself only needing 2 tablespoons to a half stick of butter. A few months ago if you would have looked in my butter compartment in my refrigerator you would have seen a handful of half used butter sticks. Now, because of the half sticks you will see one half stick open at a time! Love the connivence and the idea that my food is staying fresher longer!

Mini Crab Cakes with Cilantro Lime Sauce via

Back to the Mini Crab Cakes… Your guest are going to not only be impressed you cooked up a fancy appetizer, but they will be in love once you tell them how easy it really is to make crab cakes. Oh and the cilantro lime sauce that accompanies these crab cakes can be made either the day before or right before your guest arrive. The sauce is cool and refreshening!

Crab Cake Recipe Adapted from Ina Garden

Cilantro Lime Sauce – Katie Original Recipe

Mini Crab Cakes w/ Cilantro Lime Sauce + HUGE Giveaway

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Yield: 48 mini crab cakes

1 tablespoon each

Mini Crab Cakes w/ Cilantro Lime Sauce + HUGE Giveaway


    For the Crab Cakes
  • 2 tbsp Land O Lakes® Salted Butter
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3/4 cup red onion, diced
  • 4 stalks celery, diced small
  • 1 cup red and yellow bell pepper, minced
  • 1/4 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, minced
  • 1/4 tsp hot pepper sauce
  • 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp Old Bay seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 oz. lump crabmeat, drained and picked to remove shells
  • 1/2 cup Italian Style bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 extra-large eggs, lightly beaten
  • For frying
  • 4 tbsp Land O Lakes® Salted Butter
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • For the Cilantro Lime Sauce:
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 lime, juiced and zested
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, minced
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • dash of black pepper


    For the Crab Cakes:
  1. In a large sauté pan, place the 2 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Salted Butter, 2 tablespoons oil, onion, celery, red/yellow bell peppers, parsley, hot pepper sauce, Worcestershire sauce, Old Bay seasoning, and pepper. Cook over medium-low heat until the vegetables are soft, (about 15-20 minutes). Cool the vegetables to room temperature.
  2. In a large bowl, break the lump crabmeat into small pieces (double check to ensure there are no crab shells). Add the bread crumbs, mayonnaise, mustard, and eggs to the bowl. Add the cooked mixture of vegetables and mix well. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  3. Shape into bite-sized crab cakes (about 1 tablespoon each).
  4. For Frying:
  5. Heat the Land O Lakes® Salted Butter and olive oil over medium heat in a large saute pan. Add the mini crab cakes to the pan and fry for 4-5 minutes on each side, until browned. Drain on paper towels. To keep them warm place them on a foiled line baking sheet in the oven on 250 degree.
  6. For the Cilantro Lime Sauce:
  7. In a large bowl, add mayonnaise, sour cream, lime juice, lime zest, cilantro, garlic powder, and dash of pepper. Mix well until incorporated. Place in the refrigerator until ready to serve the mini crab cakes.

Now take a look at all the amazing recipes brought to our Springtime Progressive Dinner Party from my fellow blogging friends!

Springtime Progress Dinner Party Giveaway Featuring Product from Le Creuset, Land O Lakes, and Dreamfarm via

And now for the largest giveaway to ever hit Katie’s Cucina! One lucky winner is going to win $650 worth of product so they can host their very own dinner party. Here is what is up for grabs:

One winner will be drawn at random using Must complete the mandatory question to be eligible. Please wait for rafflecopter widget to load–if it does not load please click on the link below. Giveaway ends on April 15, 2013 at 11:59pm.

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Disclosure: I did not receive any compensation or product for participating in the Springtime Progressive Dinner Party. I love these brands and wanted to reward my readers with an amazing giveaway! Land O Lakes®, Le Creuset, and Dreamfarm all provided the prizes for the giveaway. As always all opinions are my own.


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19 Responses to “Mini Crab Cakes w/ Cilantro Lime Sauce + HUGE Giveaway”

  1. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl posted on April 8, 2013 at 5:26 pm (#)

    I am loving the flavors and I always crave crab cakes!

    • Katie replied on April 8th, 2013 at 7:52 pm

      Me too! Thanks Liz.

  2. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. posted on April 9, 2013 at 1:43 am (#)

    Crab cakes are a weakness of mine! And then go and top them with cilantro cream sauce! Love!

    • Katie replied on April 9th, 2013 at 7:35 am

      Thanks Stephanie–I know I always have to order them when we are out! Now that I can make them we will definitely be eating them more at home!

  3. Lisa Brown posted on April 9, 2013 at 8:42 am (#)

    I would bring Cinnamon rolls

  4. sally @ sallys baking addiction posted on April 9, 2013 at 11:06 am (#)

    I love crab cakes! Can’t get enough of them here in Maryland. That cilantro lime sauce sounds amazing on some mini cakes. 🙂

    • Katie replied on April 11th, 2013 at 12:26 am

      Thanks Sally–who can’t resist a crab cake?

  5. Angie @ Big Bear's Wife posted on April 9, 2013 at 12:34 pm (#)

    How fabulous for a dinner party!

  6. Christine (Cook the Story) posted on April 9, 2013 at 2:37 pm (#)

    What a delicious sounding recipe and amazing giveaway. I so love Le Creuset!!! Entering now!

    • Katie replied on April 11th, 2013 at 12:26 am

      Thanks Christine!

  7. Suzy Q posted on April 9, 2013 at 5:57 pm (#)

    What an awesome giveaway! I ahve used Land O Lakes butter all my life. I own one Le Creuset but would love an entire set!

  8. Erika @Southern Souffle posted on April 10, 2013 at 11:22 am (#)

    Love Crab Cakes and that cilantro cream sauce makes them look incredible!

  9. Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) posted on April 10, 2013 at 1:51 pm (#)

    I looove crab cakes but have never made them. Guess I’ll have to now! Cilantro… yummm…

    • Katie replied on April 11th, 2013 at 12:27 am

      Ashley–do it! You are going to be shocked how easy they are to make!

  10. Melinda T posted on April 10, 2013 at 2:02 pm (#)

    Oh yum! I’m drooling here! These look delicious!

  11. Crystal posted on April 10, 2013 at 7:35 pm (#)

    Cilantro is one of my all-time favorite flavors! What a great idea. I’ve never thought of adding old bay seasoning to crab cakes, but it makes perfect sense! I will have to give this a try.

    • Katie replied on April 11th, 2013 at 12:28 am

      Crystal–I put cilantro in just about everything (or at least that is how I feel)! Give this recipe a try–it won’t disappoint!

  12. Nutmeg Nanny posted on April 11, 2013 at 11:13 pm (#)

    Oh wow, these look fantastic! I can imagine how wonderful they taste 🙂

    • Katie replied on April 13th, 2013 at 9:09 am

      Thanks Brandy! They are so good!

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