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Fried Crab Balls w/ Tartar Sauce

Luckily the butchers in Washington, D.C. and Charleston, S.C. have superior seafood options as well.  If you are as lucky, this dish is an easy starter for a dinner or hors d’ouvres for a crowd.   I just buy the pre-made crab cakes, mix in some eggs and roll them in panko bread crumbs, fry them quickly and serve with homemade tarter sauce.

It’s a win win for everyone.  You can also get the pre-made crab cakes at the seafood counter at Whole Foods.


  • 6 pre-made lump crab-cakes
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1/4 cup parmasean cheese
  • Panko breadcrumbs
  • Canola oil
  • Tartar Sauce

The Equipment

  • Staub dutch oven
  • Candy thermometer

Making It

  • Mix the egg into the crab cakes, add the parmesan cheese and mix with a spoon
  • Roll into 3/4 inch balls and toss into Panko
  • Place onto baking sheet soon before frying

Time to Cook

  • Pour four inches of oil in a Staub dutch oven on top of a high heat until it turns to 365 degrees
  • Fry in baches for 3 minutes max
  • Salt and let rest for a few minutes and serve with tartar sauce


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