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Crab Cakes Copycat Recipe

These homemade copycat crab cakes are a pretty good version of the ones that you can get from Joe’s Crab Shack.  You can make them at home but feel as though you are at the beach!

Some of my favorite 30 minute meals are a “copycat recipe” of some of my favorite foods from popular restaurants. Today, it’s Joe’s Crab Shack turn!

Crab is a delicacy of summer that reminds me of my time in main. It can be used in sandwiches and rolls for easy lunches, or in phyllo cup appetizers fancy enough for any dinner party.

Today, we’ll be using it in everyone’s favorite seafood dish – the crab cake.

This copycat recipe is a good representation of the Joe's Crab Shack Crab Cakes. They are easy to make and very moist.

I love the way copycat recipes let you make a restaurant favorite at home. Many restaurant foods are easy to replicate so that you can have them whenever you want.

Making Crab Cakes at Home is easy.

I was born in Maine and one of my family’s fun summer time activities was to head to the coast of Maine for a fun weekend in the sun.  Part of the fun was eating out at local seafood restaurants that are so plentiful around the coastal area of Maine. Anything made with crab or lobster was a favorite of mine.crab meat

I still visit every summer and it’s always fun if we can fit in a trip to the coast while I am there.

On our summer vacation this year, we visited Joe’s Crab Shack in Sevierville, Tennessee. The atmosphere was fantastic!

I live in North Carolina now and not too close to the coast, but there is a Joe’s Crab Shack in Fayetteville, NC, which is about an hour away from us.  One of their specialties is their made from scratch crab cakes with large chunks of crab meat. 

This recipe is a great combination of lump crab meat, spices, mayo and lemon.  They are easy to prepare. Just combine everything, make them into patties and pan fry them in butter.  These Copycat Joe's Crab Shack crab cakes will make you feel as though you are eatting them on the beach.

Serve these crab cakes with coleslaw and french fries for a quick and easy summertime meal.  No need to drive an hour and sit on a bench waiting to be served. Make them now to enjoy the taste!Bench crab cakes

The crab cakes are moist and delicious with a nice crunchy coating on the outside.  One of my favorite comfort food dishes!These Copycat Joe's Crab Shack crab cakes will make you feel as though you are eatting them on the beach.

And now off to make a copycat of their Trash Can Margarita to go along with the crab cakes!Joe's Crab Shack trashcan margarita

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Copycat Crab Cakes Recipe

These Copycat Joe's Crab Shack crab cakes will make you feel as though you are eatting them on the beach.

These delicious crab cakes are a good copycat recipe fashioned on some that I had at Joe's Crab Shack.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes


  • 2/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • zest of one lemon
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp blackening seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup fresh chopped parsley
  • 2 1/2 cups breadcrumbs
  • 2 lbs chunk crabmeat
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • bread crumbs


  • Mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl..
  • Make into 4 oz. patties. Place the bread crumbs on a plate and coat the patties in the crumbs.
  • Heat about 1 inch of vegetable oil in a skillet over a medium high heat.
  • Fry the patties in butter until lightly golden - about 4 minutes each side.
  • Serve with coleslaw and French fries.
  • Nutrition Information:



    Serving Size:


    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 583Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 21gCholesterol: 321mgSodium: 1419mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 37g

    Nutritional information is approximate due to natural variation in ingredients and the cook-at-home nature of our meals.

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