Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Cajun Crab Croquettes

This is a take on the lighter side for crab cakes which gets a Louisiana spin with Cajun spice and corn. Although any type of crab works here, the preferred the texture of is lump crabmeat. Serve with Zesty RĂ©moulade Sauce. Make it a meal: Serve w/arugula salad. (4 servings, 2 croquettes each)
Cajun Crab Croquettes
Prep Time: 30 minutes Total: 50 minutes
  3 teaspoons canola oil, divided
  1 small onion, finely diced
  1/2 cup finely diced green bell pepper
  1/2 cup frozen corn kernels, thawed
  1 1/2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning, divided
  1 large egg white
  1 pound pasteurized crabmeat, drained
  3/4 cup plain dry breadcrumbs, divided
  1/4 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
  1/2 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
  Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.
  Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion, bell pepper, corn and 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning and cook, stirring, until the vegetables are softened, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl. Let cool for 5 minutes. Add crab, egg white, 1/2 cup breadcrumbs, mayonnaise and lemon zest. Mix well.
  Divide the mixture into 8 equal portions (about 1/2 cup each). Form each portion into an oblong patty that's about 4 inches by 2 inches. Place on the prepared baking sheet. Combine the remaining 1/4 cup breadcrumbs, 1/2 teaspoon Cajun seasoning and 2 teaspoons oil in a small bowl. Sprinkle 1 heaping teaspoon of the breadcrumb mixture over the top of each croquette, then gently press it on.
  Bake the croquettes until heated through and golden brown on top, about 20 minutes.

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