Marcus Samuelsson's Crab Cake Recipe

Zipporah Wilson | May 5, 2020 | Food & Drink

The Red Rooster chef shares one of his iconic dishes to be made at home during quarantine.

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Red Rooster chef Marcus Samuelsson’s crab cake was designed to fuse African influences with the use of everyday ingredients. The dish from his cookbook, The Soul of a New Cuisine: A Discovery of the Foods and Flavors of Africa, is complete with a smoked Old Bay dressing. In celebration of Samuelsson, whose restaurants are partnering with World Central Kitchen to feed the food insecure and first responders, we present the savory delicacy.

Ingredients:

Crab cakes-

  • ⅓ cup shallots, minced
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 lb lump crab
  • ½ tbsp dry mustard
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • ½ tsp Aleppo spice
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ cup mayo, Kewpie mayo
  • ½ tsp Old Bay
  • 1 ea eggs, beaten
  • ½ tbsp lemon juice, fresh
  • 1/3 cup panko bread crumbs, toasted with EVO and Thai Chili
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Old Bay dressing-

  • 2 tsp red wine vinegar
  • ½ tsp purple mustard
  • ½ tsp old bay seasoning
  • ¼ tsp Aleppo spice
  • ½ cup mayo, smoked
  • splash lemon juice, fresh
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Crab Cakes

  • First: In a large skillet over medium-low heat, sweat the shallots in butter until cooked through but not browned. Set aside and allow to cool completely.
  • Second: In a large bowl, combine remaining ingredients.
  • Third: Fold in shallots once cooled.
  • Fourth: Using your hands, form about eight crab cakes.
  • Fifth: Take your large skillet and place over medium-heat. Add enough oil to the pan to coat the bottom generously.
  • Sixth: Once oil is hot, carefully place crab cakes in the pan and sear on each side about 4-5 min.
  • Lastly: Serve warm with Old Bay dressing.

Old Bay Dressing

In a medium bowl, mix all ingredients together until well-blended. Dressing will be good to use immediately, but the longer it can rest, the longer the flavors have to meld together.



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Photography by: Angela Bankhead