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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Poor Man's Crab Cakes (Tuna Cakes)

crab cakes
crab cakes (Photo credit: tiny banquet committee)
  Crab cakes are one of my favorite seafood dishes. I've tried making them a few times without much success. My sister-in-law shared a recipe using catfish instead of crab that worked out really well. She said it could be used with any fish, so . . . I used what I had . . tuna. Surprisingly they held together well, cooked easily and the taste was good, if you like tuna. With a dipping sauce, it was a success. 

Poor Man's Crab Cakes (Tuna Cakes)
2 cans tuna, well drained
1/2 tsp. seafood seasoning (like Old Bay)
1/8 cup green bell pepper, diced fine
1/8 cup green onion, diced fine
1/8 cup celery, diced fine
2 T. mayo (not salad dressing)
1 tsp. mustard 
8-12 sprigs of cilantro or parsley, chopped
1/4 tsp. cracked black pepper
20 butter crackers (like Townhouse), crushed

Mix all ingredients together.
Shape into 3 inch patties, makes about 6.
Let refrigerate 15-30 minutes
Heat 1/2 inch oil in skillet. Cook patties about 5-7 minutes per side until lightly browned.
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