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Dust off that waffle machine to make these fast and delicious Waffled Crab Cakes! This is so genius you're going to wonder why you haven't thought of this sooner. The crab cakes cook perfectly in the center, with golden edges in less than 3 minutes! And you get perfect little square pockets to hold the lemon juice or tartar sauce.

Dust off that waffle machine to make these fast and delicious Waffled Crab Cakes! This is so genius you're going to wonder why you haven't thought of this sooner. The crab cakes cook perfectly in the center, with golden edges in less than 3 minutes! And you get perfect little square pockets to hold the lemon juice or tartar sauce.

Dust off that waffle machine to make these fast and delicious Waffled Crab Cakes! This is so genius you’re going to wonder why you haven’t thought of this sooner. The crab cakes cook perfectly in the center, with golden edges in less than 3 minutes! And you get perfect little square pockets to hold the lemon juice or tartar sauce.

Dust off that waffle machine to make these fast and delicious Waffled Crab Cakes! This is so genius you're going to wonder why you haven't thought of this sooner. The crab cakes cook perfectly in the center, with golden edges in less than 3 minutes! And you get perfect little square pockets to hold the lemon juice or tartar sauce.

And if you’re like me, and don’t cook a ton of waffles you’ll be happy you have a new use for your appliance. Oh the possibilities, what else should I make on my waffle iron? I shared these on Instagram (do you follow Skinnytaste on Instagram?) last week and everyone went crazy! They are great as an appetizer, but I served them over lettuce and enjoyed them as a salad. They are so light you can have two over a bed of greens, or make a crabby patty served in a potato roll with some tartar. Enjoy!

Dust off that waffle machine to make these fast and delicious Waffled Crab Cakes! This is so genius you're going to wonder why you haven't thought of this sooner. The crab cakes cook perfectly in the center, with golden edges in less than 3 minutes! And you get perfect little square pockets to hold the lemon juice or tartar sauce.

Dust off that waffle machine to make these fast and delicious Waffled Crab Cakes! This is so genius you're going to wonder why you haven't thought of this sooner. The crab cakes cook perfectly in the center, with golden edges in less than 3 minutes! And you get perfect little square pockets to hold the lemon juice or tartar sauce.
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Waffled Crab Cakes

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133 Cals 15.5 Protein 9.5 Carbs 4.5 Fats
Total Time: 30 mins
Yield: 4 servings
COURSE: Appetizer, Dinner
CUISINE: American
Dust off that waffle machine to make these fast and delicious Waffled Crab Cakes! This is so genius you're going to wonder why you haven't thought of this sooner. The crab cakes cook perfectly in the center, with golden edges in less than 3 minutes! And you get perfect little square pockets to hold the lemon juice or tartar sauce.

Ingredients

  • 9 ounces lump crab meat, shell pieces removed
  • 1/2 cup panko crumbs, plain or gluten-free*
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika
  • few dashes tabasco, optional
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • black pepper, to taste
  • cooking spray, I use a mister
  • 4 lemon wedges, for serving

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, combine the panko crumbs, egg, mayonnaise, dijon, chives, parsley, lemon juice, Old Bay, paprika,  tabasco, salt and pepper. Mix well, then fold in crab meat, careful not to over mix.
  • Gently shape into round, flattened patties with your hands, about 1/2 cup each. Makes 4 patties.
  • Heat the waffle iron on high, spray with oil.
  • Place one in the center and close gently, cook until the edges are golden, about 2 1/2 to 3 minutes.
  • Serve with lemon wedges.

Nutrition

Serving: 1crab cake, Calories: 133kcal, Carbohydrates: 9.5g, Protein: 15.5g, Fat: 4.5g, Saturated Fat: 0.5g, Cholesterol: 111mg, Sodium: 635mg, Fiber: 1.5g, Sugar: 0.5g
Blue Smart Points: 2
Green Smart Points: 3
Purple Smart Points: 2
Points +: 3
Keywords: crab cakes, Gluten Free, smart points, waffle iron recipes, waffled crab cakes, weight watchers

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148 comments

  1. Should I double batch for 3 adults as main course for dinner? How many cakes does recipe make on small waffle iron? Thanks!

  2. This was very salty. The texture was fun.

  3. These were really tasty but nit crispy enough. Any suggestions?

  4. Is it 9.5carbs per crabcake?

  5. OMG! These crab cakes are absolutely delicious!  I have never been a fan of crab cakes because of the excess ingredients but when I read your recipe I decided to give it a try!  So glad I did!  They will become a regular and so healthy!  They are even better the next day.  Thank you for sharing!
    Carol

  6. I made these on 3/2/2021 with some (darn, I don’t have any of that!) omissions and they still turned out wonderfully! Nice texture, loaded with crab meat and just the right hit of Old Bay. Really tasty! I didn’t have any chives, only had dried parsley and substituted for the paprika with the same amount of chili powder. Yum! I’d serve these to anybody.

  7. Perfect size to start a meal off! I used canned crab meat and an extra large egg. I left the egg white out. I made a low-fat tartar sauce to go on the side. Finished it off in the oven at 425. So good!

  8. Is lump crab meat frozen or canned? 

  9. My family made these with our mini waffle iron! So yummy, will definitely make again!! Thank you!

  10. I have a mini waffle iron. I’m looking forward to making theses 

  11. Love these! I’m staying away from carbs, so I subbed parm cheese for the panko crumbs and used a light miracle whip instead of mayo. They turned out great and so delicious!

  12. Made a double batch of these tonight for dinner, but cooked them in my convection oven at 375 for 15-20 minutes. I served them with the Lemon-caper sauce from the baked fish sticks recipe as another woman had posted. Delicious and enough for lots of leftovers.

  13. This should work on my George Forman.  I don’t own a waffle iron. 

  14. Great flavor but I’m baking these in the oven next time.

  15. Could you freeze these? My daughter is in college and it looks like a great healthy choice! 

  16. Low carb here. What do you think would be best sub for panko, and how much? Thanks!

  17. What else could you use instead of old bay seasoning – don’t have this arc hone but have everything else? 

    • I don’t care for the taste of Old Bay so I used Tony Chachere”s Original Creole Seasoning. You can find it at most stores including Target and Walmart. This crab cake waffle is outstanding – I used Oregon Fresh Dungeness Crab meat.

  18. So good I made them twice this week!

  19. Could I use almond flour instead on panko?

  20. This is hurting my heart. Ruining a good crabcake. Very little breading, Jumbo limb crabmeat as fresh as you can get it, definitely Old Bay, shaped into a round “patty” (don’t squish it, handle it as little as possible). Then pan fried or broiled (my favorite). Please don’t destroy a good crabcake by squishing it in a waffle iron! From a Maryland girl! ☺

  21. What is the last ingredient added ? Looks like beaten egg, but in counting the ingredients as they were added,, the instructions added 11, but the video added 12..was that last one the yolk of the egg white added earlier ??

  22. Does the waffle iron retain a fish smell? Do you recommend cleaning it in any way if it does? Thanks. And, love your recipes, even tell others about your site and books.

  23. Delicious! We enjoyed them very much.

  24. They are wonderful, very flavorful. Next time I would cook them in the air fryer to get real crispy.

  25. Do you need a Belgian waffle iron or will a regular one work.

  26. Served this as an appetizer for our monthly dinner party last night and they are a hit! They hold together well with the help of the waffle iron (genius, Gina!) and they are very tasty.

  27. Made an awesome protein / carb addition to my salad for dinner! Happy weight watchers girl over here!

  28. I love this recipe so much! It was the perfect mix of bread crumb and crab, not heavy on either. Even my 18 month old loved it. We are definitely adding this to our family rotation.

  29. Genius! And they taste great too.

  30. Hi
    Will taste similar if i use regular yellow mustard?

  31. Is this recipe now three points? I just saw on Facebook it says 3.

  32. Any subs for the chives? Mine wilted badly in the fridge. Think I can use them? 

  33. These were too yummy! Started Flex points today and these remained 2 Smart Points! Great dinner with a big salad!

  34. What can I use instead of Old Bay Seasoning?

  35. What can I use instead of Old Bay Seasoning?

  36. How great would these be for breakfast with an egg on top!!!!!!

  37. I don’t have a waffle maker can I cook in a pan. W little of oil.

  38. Do we use fresh chives?

  39. Recipe looks delish but I am allergic to shell fish!!  Was wondering if I could make with salmon??  Thoughts please ????

  40. This looks delicious. Do you think I could use a George Foreman grill?

  41. This was fabulous!  Served it with Ellie Krieger’s smarter tartar sauce on top and roasted asparagus on the side.  Thank you!!!

  42. I’m trying this tonight!!! Looks so good!

    By the way, I recently joined Weight Watchers and I really love that you include the points. It makes my life sooooo much easier!

  43. hi here in australia we do not have old bay seasoning… what are the ingredients for this please??? or what else can be used…

  44. Loved these. turned out just like the picture! Can’t wait to make them again and may try with other tuna or salmon and see if it works as well. Makes me want to waffle everything! Thank you

  45. SO excited to try these! Wanted to make them for Father’s Day! Do you think I could make them and then warm them up later? I wouldn’t make them until Sunday but I think it’d be easier to do ahead? Just wondered what your thoughts were? Thanks for all of your great recipes! So many faves in our family.

  46. Awesome idea! Any clue on whether the waffle iron will hang onto a fishy smell/taste for the next time you cook waffles? Thank you for the great recipe!

  47. Made these today with imitation crap. Came out a little bit dry so I put more lemon juice and hot sauce on them. But they were delicious otherwise 

  48. Do you think you can use coarsely ground almonds instead of  Panko? I’m also tying not to eat anything processed. What do you think I can use instead of crabmeat? Thank you for all of your great recipes!

  49. Cannot begin to express how easy and fabulous this recipe turned out. Came together in 2 minutes. Cooking in the waffle maker is a creative way to cook the crab cakes without splatter or them falling apart.

    A serious winner!

  50. We don’t own a waffle iron, so I improvised and baked these in the oven at 350º, for about 20-25 min, until golden. Excellent!

  51. Belgian or regular waffle maker?

  52. Is there a sub for panko 

  53. Can’t wait to make them! Any recommendations for side dishes that nicely compliment the crab cakes? Thanks!

  54. What is everyone serving as a side to these amazing crab-cakes?

  55. You never let me down Gina. These were so delicious and another great use for my waffle iron. Thank you, thank you!! 

  56. First of all – Thank You for this clever idea and a very effective way of reducing the calories without sacrificing taste/flavor.  I made these for dinner and they were great.  The first batch that I cooked were a little dry because I left them on the waffle iron too long – I was afraid they would not cook through so I over did it.  The second batch turned out great – I reduced the cooking time to align more with your recommendation (I cooked them for 5 minutes).  A few minor issues – you omitted adding the chives and the Old Bay seasoning in the directions.  You say to add Tabasco but it is not listed in the ingredients list (I added about 6 to 8 dashes while doubling the recipe).  This is definitely a keeper and is the only way that I will cook them in the future – no greasy oily mess to clean up after and just as tasty with fewer calories.  Thanks again!

  57. Oh my gosh… you are brilliant, Gina!! I always hated making crab cakes since frying them wasn’t really healthy and they would always fall apart and baking just didn’t taste the same… these were absolutely delicious and cooked to perfection in my waffle maker.. I did add some raw, chopped shrimp to the crab since crab is so expensive… this is a keeper!

  58. I saw this recipe and could not wait to try them – they were easy and delicious!  We ate them with a salad for dinner.
    Another amazing Skinny Taste recipe – thank you, Gina!

  59. Canvypu use potato flakes, instant in place of bread crumbs as a gluten free alternative?

  60. Is there anything substitute for the mayonnaise?

  61. Thanks for another great recipe! Told my husband we were having waffles for dinner. What a surprise when I served him these. He said I could make these again, anytime. I did make one change. We didn’t have crab meat, so I used canned salmon. As good as they were, I can only imagine how good these are with crab!

  62. Hint! Trader Joe’s now sells frozen lump crab meat – in the exact portion this recipe calls for!

  63. Would sub almond flour for panko work?

  64. Just made these tonight and they were amazing!  I will never cook crab cakes in a pan ever again!  I served them with the lemon caper sauce from the Healthy Baked Fish Sticks Recipe and some roasted asparagus on the side.  There were no leftovers.

  65. I made these tonight and they were so fun and such a hit! Served them with a green salad and sliced avocado. As usual, great recipe:)

  66. I made this with canned salmon as I did not have crab at home. My husband said this is my new favorite way to eat salmon patties. Loved it!

  67. Love this idea! The waffle iron turns this dish into creative and stunning! Thanks for share, I will try it soon!

  68. They were so good! Waffle texture is interesting… different but tastes so good! Is it 133 calories per cake or all 4?
    Thanks!

  69. Noooooo! This is sacrilege!

    Signed, a Maryland native. 😀

  70. what about the paprika, Old Bay and chopped chives?? Not in the directions.

  71. I love this recipe! I think it’s so unique and innovative and the addition of the waffle looks like it would be the perfect fit! I can’t wait to try out this recipe soon.

  72. Great idea!

  73. Could you replace with canned tuna or salmon?

  74. Would imitation crab meat work?

  75. Would a Foreman grill work too?

  76. Do you think you can freeze these?

  77. Do you serve these hot or cold?

  78. Can you use imitation crab? If so, do you calculate that as the same point value as regular crab?

    • I think it would be the same.

    • These are delicious, lite and easy.  I make them with imitation crab.  I serve them with tartar sauce made of lite mayo, sweet relish and a touch of mustard.  Quick, easy and tasty.  Much cheaper using imitation.  

  79. could you make these on a george foreman?

  80. How else could you cook them if you don’t have a waffle iron?

  81. I do not own a waffle maker, but i might buy a cheap one just to make these!!!
    Thanks Gina!!!

  82. This looks amazing, and something I could make before having to go to work. Can’t wait to try it. 

  83. Can’t wait to try these! Where (as in what aisle) do you recommend purchasing lump crab meat?

    • Seafood department… The fresher, the better.. But near tunafish would be logical as a last resort

  84. This is amazing… trying it asap!!

  85. Gina, how would these hold together without a waffle iron? I don’t have one but would love to try this recipe out!!

  86. Do you think it would work to sub cooked salmon meat for the crab meat? I’m thinking this could be a great way to sneak my toddler into eating fish!

    • That is exactly the question I was looking for. My doctor suggests eating more fish like salmon, which I’m not a fan of. Eventually I’ll find a recipe that I like it in. Did you ever try it Kathy? How did it turn out?

  87. If I dont have a waffle iron, what could I use? George foreman grill? 

  88. What kind of crab meat do you use? I’ve never bought it before.

  89. Hi,  step 1 says to add tobacco but I don’t see it on the ingredients list.  How much do we add?