Have some unexpected guests coming over to your house tonight?
If you know how to cook store bought crab cakes, consider your Sunday dinner to be sorted without going through the trouble of making anything from scratch!
While ready-made crab cakes are an easy and instant solution to entertain guests (or yourself!), it’s not exactly a walk in the park cooking these delicacies either!
The warmth should be just enough to keep the texture crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. To keep the shape of the store bought cakes intact, you need to heat the cakes evenly from all sides and make sure the internal temperature reaches exactly 165-Degrees Fahrenheit.
Feeling intimated already?
Don’t worry! We have got every possible cooking technique out there noted right here just for you.
What Are Crab Cakes?
The crab cake is basically one type of fishcake that’s really popular as an appetizer or a snack item.
The cake has several ingredients in it such as crab meat, mayonnaise, bread crumb, mustard, egg and seasonings. Although it was initially a favorite item along the coast of the Mid-Atlantic (especially in the state of Maryland), now people all over the world love having this delicious treat in their food menu!
Store-bought cakes come prepared with all the necessary ingredients. The cake can be served on your plate right away after sautéing, baking, grilling, air-frying, deep-frying or broiling. Ready-made cakes are a nice option especially for the time when it’s off-season and you can no longer purchase fresh crab meats.
Different Methods For Cooking Crab Cakes
Remember how we promised to reveal every possible cooking technique for preparing store-bought crabs?
It’s time we kept the promise and tell you guys EVERYTHING you need to know to enjoy restaurant-quality crab cakes right at home!
Depending on your preference, cooking setup and available cookware, you can opt for any one of the following methods:
How To Cook Pre-Made Crab Cakes On Stove?
For people who love having crispy crab patties, we recommend using a frying pan or a skillet.
Step 1: Take a skillet/pan and put it on top of the stove. Turn the temperature to medium-high and let it get heated.
Step 2: Add a few tablespoons of vegetable oil to the skillet and wait for the oil to warm up. If you aren’t too much conscious about calories, use butter instead of oil to get more flavor out of this.
Step 3:Place the frozen patties, one at a time, in the pan. Make sure there’s atleast a 1-inch gap in between two pieces.
Step 4: If you are cooking completely frozen patties, cook both sides for around 6- 8 minutes each. For thawed ones, the time can be decreased to 3-4 minutes per side.
Step 5:Turn down the heat to medium and cook each side for another 2 minutes. While flipping the pieces, make sure they don’t break or get stuck to the bottom of the pan.
Step 6: Once the cakes show a nice golden-brown color, it’s time to turn the stove off. Before doing that, it’s a good idea to use a thermometer to check the internal temperature. If the temperature is 165-Degrees Fahrenheit, then the cakes are thoroughly cooked.
Step 7: Take a plate and put a paper towel on top. Place the crab cakes on the paper towel so that it can absorb the excess oil. Serve them hot with mayo/sauce or your choice of condiments.
How To Cook Crab Cakes In Oven?
Looking for the easiest way to cook pre-made crab cakes?
Baking is the best option for you then! It’s also a good choice for people who are concerned about calorie intake.
Step 1: Line the baking sheet with clean parchment paper and brush some cooking oil/butter on top.
Step 2: Preheat the oven to 350-Degrees Fahrenheit.
Step 3: Place the frozen cakes on the sheet and put them inside the oven.
Step 4: If you want some added texture on top, add a little extra virgin olive oil on top with a brush.
Step 5: If the cakes are just out of the refrigerator, let them be inside the oven for 20-25 minutes. For thawed patties, 12-14 minutes are enough to bake properly. If you are using a convection oven, the overall time will be further reduced down to 10 minutes for frozen ones and 7 minutes for the thawed cakes.
Step 6: The crab cakes should be golden-brown in appearance when you take them out. For making sure that they are done to perfection, you can use a thermometer to check the internal temperature.
Step 7:If you want your cakes to be a bit on the crispier side, broil the cakes for a minute or so after done baking them.
How To Cook Crab Cakes In Air Fryer?
Love cooking but hate making a mess while doing so?
Air-fryer is the way to go for you then!
Cooking with an air-fryer also means you will require less oil while cooking light, flavorful and crispy crab cakes.
Step 1:Preheat your air fryer to 400-Degrees Fahrenheit temperature.
Step 2: Place the frozen pieces inside the air-fryer. Depending on the size and thickness of the patties, you may need to cook them for 7-8 minutes.
Step 3: Use an instant-read thermometer to check the internal temperature of the cakes.
Step 4: If you are using mini crab cakes instead of the regular size, check after 5 minutes to see if they are done as they will get cooked way faster than the standard ones.
How To Deep Fry Frozen Crab Cakes?
For deep-frying purposes, you need completely frozen crab cakes as defrosted ones will lose their shapes while frying.
Step 1: Pour about an inch of cooking oil into a heavy-bottomed pan/saucepan and place it over medium heat.
Step 2: Wait until the temperatures rise to 375-Degrees Fahrenheit. Then take the crab cakes out of the freezer and gently lower them onto the pan with a slotted spoon.
Step 3: Cook the pieces for 4 to 5 minutes on each side. Use a spatula to flip them over.
Step 4:Take a digital thermometer and check in the middle to see if the temperature has reached 145- to 160-Degrees Fahrenheit. That’s when you know the patties are done.
Step 5: Use an oil strainer to take the pieces out of the pan. Take a serving plate and cover it with a paper towel. Then place the cakes onto the paper towel.
Step 6: You may need to use another paper towel to remove the excess oil from the crab cakes.
Step 7: Serve them piping hot with your favorite side dish.
How Long Does Crab Cake Last In The Fridge?
If you cook crab cakes using one of the styles mentioned above, you can store the leftovers for the future.
Cooked crab cakes last well in the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days. However, before eating refrigerated food, it’s best to smell or look inside the cakes to see if they are alright.
Crab cakes usually stay crunchy on the outside and creamy on the inside. The inside should have a slightly sweet and tangy flavor. If you notice any sour smell or slimy texture instead, it’s probably better to avoid eating that batch of crab cakes altogether.
On the other hand, if you aren’t planning to eat cakes anytime soon, we strongly recommend freezing them for the best result.
How To Reheat Frozen Crab Cakes?
If you want to reheat the cooked crab cakes using a microwave, then we have one single piece of advice for you: DON’T.
Microwave turns the crab cake dry and tough inside. To properly reheat the cakes, follow the steps mentioned down below:
- Take out the cakes and leave them at room temperature.
- Preheat oven/toaster oven to 325-Degrees.
- Take a baking pan and place a foil to cover its surface.
- Place the cooked cakes onto the foil and put them inside the oven.
- You can also use a thin layer of salted butter on top of the cakes to keep the flavor intact.
- Take out the cakes after 15 minutes and enjoy!
Don’t have an oven?
Not a problem!
You can reheat these delicious treats on the stove as well.
- Take a skillet and pour some oil into it.
- Wait for the pan and oil to warm up well.
- Add some water and start placing the cakes gently onto the pan.
- Add a thin layer of butter on top of the cakes so that they don’t get dried out.
- Cover the pan with a well-fitted lid. This procedure will trap the steam inside. For this purpose, a skillet with a glass lid would be more ideal.
- You can also refry the cakes in just oil instead of this method to get a crispier skin. However, this method effectively heats the cakes from all sides and doesn’t change the texture at all.
Bonus: Crab Cake Dinner Sides!
Crab cakes are mouth-wateringly delicious by themselves!
However, you can also eat these cakes with other items such as Remoulade Sauce, classic Tomato Gazpacho, zesty Coleslaw, Roasted Vegetables or Sautéed corn and Pepper.
If you are looking for healthy alternatives, you can go for watermelon, grilled avocados, arugula and spinach salad instead.
For simple and easy dipping solutions, you can always use mayonnaise. For a more tangy-and-spicy preference, salsa dip is a better option to choose.
Tips And Precautions While Cooking Crab Cakes
- While baking, you should always remember to wear mittens for safety.
- If you are frying the crab cakes, there might be some oil burst scattering around especially when you are lowering the cakes down onto the hot oil. Stand in a position so that you are safe from that occurrence and don’t let the oil get too much hot for your convenience.
- If your cakes are a bit thicker than the standard sizes, you can use that as a burger patty instead of eating it as an appetizer.
- Do NOT steam the cakes by any means as that will cause the ingredients to fall apart.
- Defrosted cakes take a shorter time to cook, however, they are more difficult to flip and tend to break in the process. That’s it’s better to have some time on hand and cook the frozen ones instead.
Juicy, loaded with flavor and full of meaty chunks, crab cakes are one of the most versatile dishes that can be easily made.
The best part about these premade cakes is you don’t need to go to a restaurant and order an expensive plate to enjoy this savory dish!
If you do it right, homemade crab cakes will taste as delicious as the ones you have at the restaurant minus the expense.
So, what are you waiting for?
Now that you know how to cook store-bought crab cakes, pick a method, serve them hot with a dip/salad dressing and don’t forget to send us a “thank you” note later!