Recipe: Michael's On East Crab Cakes

Get the recipe for Michael's On East's award-winning crab cakes.

By Megan McDonald March 1, 2015

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Michael's On East's crab cakes took home the gold in our Sarasota's Best Crab Cakes tasting--and lucky for you, we managed to convince the team to give us the recipe. Happy cooking!

Pan-Roasted Bluefin Crab Cakes With Roasted Asparagus and Truffle Potatoes with Herbed Tartar Sauce

Courtesy of Michael’s On East

Serves 4

For the Crab Cakes

(Makes 8 3-ounce cakes)

1 Tbsp. lemon juice

2 oz. Dijon mustard

2 Tbsp. cilantro, chopped

2 Tbsp. basil, chopped

½ Tbsp. garlic, chopped

1 Tbsp. coriander

2 oz. mayonnaise

4 stalks celery, minced

1 Spanish onion, minced

4 ¾ cups panko breadcrumbs, divided

8 ounces jumbo lump crab

12 ounces lump crab

1 egg

In a medium sauté pan over low heat, sweat celery, onion and garlic. (Do not allow them to brown; the low heat will take liquid out of vegetables.) Set aside and allow to cool.

Mix together all ingredients except the crab meat, then fold in the lump crab. Gently mix in the jumbo crabmeat. Do not break up the jumbo lump meat.

To portion each cake, use a 3-ounce scoop or mold into cakes with your hands. Coat the exterior of the cakes in Panko breadcrumbs. Set aside until ready to sauté and finish.

For the Roasted Red Bliss Potatoes

16 red bliss potatoes

1 teaspoon dried thyme

4 ounces olive oil

Salt and black pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Slice red bliss potatoes in half lengthwise, then into thirds. Place in bowl and season with salt and pepper, dried thyme and olive oil. Lay on roasting pan and cook about 20 minutes, until golden brown.

For the Herbed Tartar Sauce

1 1/2 ounces cornichons

2/3 ounces capers

½ a shallot

6 ounces mayonnaise

¾ ounces parsley

½ oz dill

1 ounce lemon juice

½ ounce Dijon mustard

1/8 ounce garlic

¼ ounces extra virgin olive oil

Process all ingredients in food processor. Cool until ready to plate and serve dish.

For the Asparagus

40 spears of asparagus

4 ounces olive oil

Salt and black pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brush asparagus spears with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place on a sheet pan and roast in oven for 5 minutes. Remove, plate and serve immediately.

To Finish and Plate

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large sauté pan over medium-high heat, add olive oil, then four crab cakes. Sauté crab cakes on one side until golden brown, flip in pan and place in 350-degree oven for 5 minutes to finish. Repeat with the additional four cakes.

To plate individual servings, nestle two crab cakes together in the center of a rectangular plate. Prop asparagus between crab cakes and spoon tartar sauce on plate. Place potatoes on other side of cakes, drizzle with truffle oil, garnish with parsley and serve.

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