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Inside Green Chile Crab Cakes

Green Chile Crab Cakes with Tomatillo Salsa

  • Author: Deborah
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 60 mins
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


Far from boring, these Green Chile Crab Cakes are filled with chile and crab flavors. Served with a delicious roasted tomatillo salsa, this New Mexican version of the crab cake will be one you won’t forget!



Tomatillo Salsa:

  • 1 pound tomatillos
  • 1medium yellow onion
  • 5 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Crab Cakes:

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 1/2 cup finely diced yellow onion
  • 1/4 cup red bell pepper, finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (4 oz) can diced green chiles
  • 1/2 jalapeño, seeded and finely diced
  • 1 pound lump crabmeat, cleaned
  • 2 1/4 cups Panko breadcrumbs, divided
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil


Make the salsa:

  1. Preheat the oven to 450ºF.
  2. Remove the husks from the tomatillos, rinse and cut in half. Cut the onion into chunks.
  3. Place the tomatillos, onion, and garlic on a baking sheet. Drizzle the olive oil over and stir to coat. Season with the salt.
  4. Roast the vegetables until they are brown around the edges, about 20 minutes.
  5. Remove from the oven and cool for 10 minutes.
  6. Place the vegetables in a food processor and process until pureed. Taste and season with more salt if desired.
  7. Transfer to a glass jar or container and refrigerate until cold.

Make the crab cakes:

  1. Melt 2 tablespoons fo the butter in a large skillet set over medium-high heat. When hot, add the onion, bell pepper, garlic, green chiles and jalapeño. Sauté for 5 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and wipe the skillet clean with a paper towel.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the crab meat, 1 cup of the Panko, the mayonnaise, eggs, cilantro, lime juice, salt and pepper. Add the cooled vegetables. Gently combine, then form into 8 3-inch patties.
  3. Pour the remaining 1 1/4 cups of Panko breadcrumbs into a shallow bowl. Working with one patty at a time, coat the patties in the breadcrumbs.
  4. Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and the 2 tablespoons of olive oil in the skillet over medium heat. Add the crab cakes and cook until golden brown and crispy on both sides.
  5. Serve immediately with the tomatillo salsa.

Recipe Notes:

Adapted from The Pastry Queen

Nutrition information provided as an estimate only. Various brands and products can change the counts. Any nutritional information should only be used as a general guideline.


  • Serving Size: 1 crab cake + salsa
  • Calories: 369
  • Sugar: 5 g
  • Sodium: 833 mg
  • Fat: 25 g
  • Saturated Fat: 7 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 17 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 18 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 17 g
  • Cholesterol: 127 mg

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