1 pound lump crabmeat
1 large red bell pepper, finely chopped
1 jalapeño, seeded and finely chopped
4 green onions (including some of the flavorful green part), chopped
1 garlic clove, peeled and finely chopped
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1½ cups panko (Japanese-style breadcrumbs), plus ½ cup for dredging
½ cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1⅓ teaspoons Old Bay seasoning hot sauce, to taste (optional) vegetable oil, for brushing the griddle lemon wedges, for serving
Calories 119 (5% from fat), carb. 5g, Protein 4g, fat 9g, Saturated fat 1g, Cholesterol 41mg, Sodium 278mg, Calcium 29mg, fiber 0g
1. Pick through crabmeat to make sure there are no shells or cartilage, being careful not to tear the meat into small pieces. Reserve in refrigerator.
2. In a medium to large bowl, mix the peppers, green onions, garlic, salt, egg, 1⅓ cups of the panko, mayonnaise, Worcestershire, Dijon, Old Bay and hot sauce (if using). Add the crabmeat and very gently mix all of the ingredients together (it is best to do this with clean hands to avoid over-mixing, but you can do it with a spoon if you are careful to keep the crabmeat intact).
3. Using your hands, shape the mixture into ¼-cup round cakes (no higher than ½-inch) and put them on a clean plate, separating the layers with wax paper. Cover with plastic and refrigerate for 1 hour before cooking (this helps keep the crab cakes together when cooking and melds the flavors).
4. Preheat griddle. Brush the plates with a little vegetable oil (this will help to crisp and lightly brown the crab cakes).
5. While the unit is preheating, lightly dredge the crab cakes in the remaining panko.
6. When the griddle is hot, cook the crab cakes in batches, approximately 8 minutes per side. Crab cakes should be a deep golden brown on both sides.
7. Serve immediately with lemon wedges.