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    Homemade Crab Cakes Sandwich Recipe with Garlic Aioli

    Published July 17, 2018. This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy.

    Crab cakes are absolutely delicious and now you can enjoy it as a sandwich in this amazing recipe with garlic aioli, lettuce, tomato, and onion on a brioche bun.

    homemade crab cakes sandwich

    While I was making this recipe all I could think of is a quote from the movie Wedding Crashers when they are playing football and one of the obnoxious cousins screams out, “Crab cakes and football, that’s what Maryland does!”  I can’t speak for them for football but I can absolutely agree that Maryland has some amazing crab!  Most of the crab that you will see in grocery stores in either fresh or jumbo lump and sent to you courtesy of Maryland.  I love eating pasteurized jumbo lump crab just as it comes but pack it up with a bunch of other tasty ingredients and you’ve got yourself some delicious crab cakes.

    How to Make Crab Cakes

    Crab cakes can be made several different ways, in fact I feel like I’ve made them at least 4 different ways. Whether they are more wet as a batter or super salty with butter crackers, they are always delicious!  Any sandwich starting with fresh produce, just like in a Kentucky Hot Brown, always needs to be rinsed in water.  It was instilled in me at an early age by an amazing chef that these fundamental preparations are necessary to ensure everything is clean and ready to properly prepare.

    Once your vegetables are all rinsed they need to be finely minced and ready for mixing.  I usually layout the pasteurized jumbo lump crab meat on a sheet tray just to pick through it to make sure there are no shells at all in it.  From there I add all of the ingredients needed to make the crab cakes into a large bowl and mix them together until completely combined.  There are a few tricks to making crab cakes extra delicious and this is with tons of peppers, onions, and garlic, and then Worcestershire sauce and Old Bay seasoning.  For some reason, that combination along with the crab goes together insanely well so use it instead of salt and pepper.   Form your huge crab cakes for the crab cake sandwich and set them aside to get ready for frying.

    large crab cakes

    How to Make an Aioli

    simple aioli recipe

    Aioli is a simple delicious sauce that combines mayonnaise, garlic and a tad bit of lemon juice, and of course salt and pepper.  This is the simplest form of aioli and from there it can be expanded into adding things like basil, or cheese, or smoked paprika like I did.  I thought the smoked paprika would go really well with crab cake and help enhance the basic flavor of the aioli.  If you’ve ever wanted to make homemade mayonnaise you just whisk together like crazy some salt, egg yolks, and lemon juice while slowly drizzling in oil.  Now you’ve got your basics down you can go to down and add this sauce to any sandwich, burger, or whatever your heart desires.

    Homemade Potato Chips

    italian fries

    At one of the restaurants we used to work at, we called these homemade potato chips Italian fries.  There was really nothing special about them, but I guess since the restaurant had a foundation in Italian cuisine that it was appropriate to call them Italian Fries.  You slice them thin on a mandolin or using a chef knife, fry them up in canola oil and season them with Old Bay seasoning and garnish with sliced green onions and that’s basically it.  The seasoning here does it again because wow is it good and really really delicious.

    If you love crab then this crab cakes sandwich recipe is for you, and if you’re looking for another great recipe then check out there Maryland crab cakes!

    crab cake sandwich on brioche bun and aioli

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    Homemade Crab Cakes Sandwich Recipe with Garlic Aioli

    This Homemade Crab Cakes Sandwich Recipe with Garlic Aioli is served on a toasted brioche bun with lettuce, tomato and onion!
    Servings: 6
    Prep Time: 20 minutes
    Cook Time: 30 minutes
    Total Time: 50 minutes


    For the Aioli:

    • 1/2 cup of mayonnaise
    • juice of 1/2 lemon
    • 2 finely minced cloves of garlic
    • ½ teaspoon of smoked paprika
    • Kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste

    For the Crab Cake:

    • 1/4 cup of small diced red pepper
    • 1/4 cup of small diced yellow pepper
    • 1/4 cup of small diced poblano pepper
    • 3 cloves of finely minced garlic
    • ½ peeled and small diced sweet onion
    • juice of 1 lemon
    • 1/2 cup of mayonnaise
    • 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard
    • 3 eggs
    • 1 pound of picked pasteurized jumbo lump crab meat
    • 2 cups of Panko bread crumbs
    • Lea and Perrins to taste
    • Tabasco to taste
    • Old Bay seasoning to taste

    For the Italian Fries and Toppings:

    • 2 Idaho potatoes sliced thin
    • 1/2 cup of sliced green onions
    • Old Bay seasoning to taste
    • 6 toasted brioche buns
    • 2 thinly sliced vine ripe tomatoes
    • ½ thinly sliced peeled red onion
    • 6 leaves of green leaf lettuce


    • Start by preparing all the vegetables accordingly.
    • Next, in a skillet on low heat with 1 tablespoons butter add in chopped peppers, shallots, and garlic and cook for 4-6 minutes.
    • After they are cooked let cool in the refrigerator.
    • While it is chilling add the sliced potato chips to 1/4 C olive oil on high heat and cook until crispy, but not burnt. Set aside on a paper towel to dry.
    • Once they are dry toss with Lawrys and green onions and set aside.
    • Next add crab, mayo, eggs, panko, lemon juice, Lea and Perrins, tabasco, mustard, old bay, and cracked pepper to the chilled pepper mixture and mix thoroughly.
    • Form the crab cake mixture into 4-inch patties coating them in panko and set aside.
    • Saute the crab cake patties in 2 tbs olive oil on medium-high heat browning on both sides and finishing in the oven on 350° for 8 - 12 minutes.
    • In the meantime simply add all ingredients for the aioli in a bowl and mix well. Once everything is done simply add in the ingredients to a plate.
    • Add the crab cake patties to an onion or brioche roll with lettuce, tomato, onion, and the wonderful aioli. Serve with the Italian fries and fresh strawberries. Enjoy!


    Calories: 943kcalCarbohydrates: 85gProtein: 34gFat: 52gSaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 273mgSodium: 1591mgPotassium: 789mgFiber: 4gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 2691IUVitamin C: 45mgCalcium: 198mgIron: 5mg
    Course: Main
    Cuisine: American
    Author: Chef Billy Parisi