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Pretzel Crusted Crab Cake
Pretzel Crusted Crab Cake
Print Recipe Pretzel Crusted Crab Cake
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8 people


  • 1 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 3/4 cup finely diced onion
  • 1/2 cup finely diced celery
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 pounds lump crabmeat, picked clean of all shell and cartilage
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh chives
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated lemon zest
  • 2 teaspoons Old Bay seasoning
  • 2 pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 box Pretz pretzel sticks (preferred brand, can be purchased in Japanese gourmet stores)
  • 1 cup clarified butter


  • Heat oil in a small sauté pan over medium heat.
  • Add onion and celery and sauté vegetables for about four minutes, or until they are soft and translucent (You can use any vegetable you desire).
  • Remove onion and celery and drain off and discard excess oil. Set aside.
  • Combine butter (important: use very soft butter) and mayonnaise in a large mixing bowl.
  • Using a handheld electric mixer or a wooden spoon, beat until mixture is well blended and very smooth.
  • Fold in crabmeat, chives, lemon zest, Old Bay, and cayenne along with reserved onions and celery.
  • Cover and refrigerate crab cake mixture for 2 hours to chill.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment and set aside.
  • Remove crab cake mixture from refrigerator.
  • Line a row of pretzels (about 8) closely together and top with about 1/4 cup of crab mixture.
  • Line top with same amount of pretzels (creating a "raft" appearance).
  • Place pretzel-coated cakes on prepared baking sheet.
  • Lightly cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 30 minutes, or until cakes are firm.
  • Heat clarified butter in a large sauté pan over medium heat until it begins to smoke. In batches, using additional butter as needed, fry crab cakes for about 3 minutes per side, or until they are golden brown.
  • Place them on paper towels to drain.
  • Place crab cakes on a serving platter.