Mini Crab Cakes with Spicy Aioli

These crab cakes are easy to make and delicious as an appetizer, a light meal with a salad, or tucked into a bun for a sandwich.

Serves: 2Hands-on: 15 minutesTotal: 25 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 2


  • 1 can (8 oz.) jumbo lump blue crabmeat
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1⁄4 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp. dried chives
  • 1⁄4 cup plus 1 Tbsp. mayonnaise, divided
  • 2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. tomato paste
  • 1⁄2 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1⁄8 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil


  • For the crab cakes: combine crab, egg whites, red pepper, chives, and 1 tablespoon mayonnaise in a large bowl and mix until combined. Form mixture into patties.
  • For the aioli: put remaining mayonnaise, lemon juice, garlic, tomato paste, paprika, and cayenne in a food processor and process until smooth.
  • Heat olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat and cook crab patties 10 minutes or until cakes are browned and heated through, flipping once.
  • Top crab cakes with aioli and serve immediately.