Grilled Crab Cakes with Lemon Caper Aioli

Crab cakes are one of those great equalizers, when it comes to appetizers. It’s a seafood for folks who don’t love seafood. This recipe for Grilled Crab Cakes beats even the best restaurant crab cakes out there, and is probably a lot easier than you think. Oh, and the Lemon Caper Aioli is the icing on the (crab) cake! Dive right into your new favorite seafood appetizer!

Grilled Crab Cakes with Lemon Caper Aioli Recipe


For the aioli:

  • 2 egg yolk
  • 4 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp mustard powder
  • 1 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup Saica Sicilian Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 tbsp small capers
  • 1 tbsp sriracha
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • zest of 1 large lemon


To make the aioli, combine the egg yolks, lemon juice and mustard powder in a food processor. Slowly begin to drizzle the vegetable oil into the egg mixture with the food processor running. Continue to drizzle the vegetable oil, then Saica Sicilian Extra Virgin Olive Oil in while until all oil is incorporated. You should have a mayonnaise like consistency. Taste and season with salt, as needed. Set aside 1/4 cup aioli for the crab cakes. Whisk in the capers, sriracha and lemon zest. Store in the refrigerator.

In a medium mixing bowl combine the green onion and garlic with the crab meat, 3/4 cup panko, 1/4 cup parmesan, the fire roasted red pepper, eggs, aioli, House of Q Slow Smoke Gold Mustard Sauce and Cattleman’s Grill California Tri-tip Seasoning. Mix until well combined.

Divide the mixture into 8 (roughly 4 oz) portions, form into patties and place on a parchment lined pan or plate. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

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Preheat your Kamado Joe Classic II to 400ºF, set up with the Half Moon Cast Iron Griddle in place.

Mix together the remaining 3/4 cup of panko, with 1/4 cup parmesan. Press each crab cake into the panko mixture on both sides.

Put a couple of tablespoons of olive oil on the griddle. Cook the crab cakes in batches until the browned, about 5-10 minutes per side. Add more olive oil as needed.

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  1. Amanda Andrae
    May 23, 2018

    Watched this video first thing in the morning, absolutely had to have them. Made them for dinner with a green salad. They were amazing, and the Aioli was perfect! Thank You!

  2. Ryan
    May 30, 2018

    Hello from Canada Chef Tom!

    These crab cakes were absolutely amazing when I made them myself. I love your recipes and videos. Keep up the great work! Just wondering if you had any great ideas and recipes for halibut or COD that you could do your next video on?



  3. Joe
    June 4, 2018

    Absolutely could not get the sauce to work, tried twice. Would never thicken. I used the exact ingredients and a very similar mixer. Tried both cold and room temp eggs. Very slowly added the oils. What am I doing wrong? Ended up just subbing in mayo… Crab cakes (aka crabbie patties at my house!) were excellent.


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