Jakobi Voorheis, executive chef of The Fed in Clarkston, shares a family favorite holiday dish.
By Jakobi Voorheis
Having visited family on the East Coast my entire life for every holiday, crab (particularly Chesapeake blue crab) became a very dear treat that my entire family and I enjoyed. This recipe is especially nostalgic and represents the times I spent with those near and dear to my heart.
I think everyone needs a good crab cake recipe in their arsenal! I like to tell friends, family and my team in the kitchen not to be afraid to try new recipes — this one especially is simple and delicious, and sure to wow your guests. Crab cakes are a versatile finger food, or larger ones can be used for a whole meal for the family. Whether you’re hosting a holiday party, or opening a bottle of wine for a dinner party, crab cakes are winning dish.
Yields: 10 crab cakes
¼ cup diced white onion (1/4 inch)
¼ cup diced celery (1/4 inch)
¼ cup diced poblano pepper (1/4 inch)
2 lbs. fresh crab meat
½ oz. chopped garlic
3 oz. mayonnaise
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. Old Bay
1 tsp. grated horseradish
1 oz. lemon juice
1 tsp. whole grain mustard
Bread crumbs (for texture)
Panko bread crumbs (for texture)
Salt and pepper to taste
- Sautee onion, celery, garlic and poblanos until the onions are translucent. Put on a tray to cool and reserve.
- Combine mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce, Old Bay, horseradish, lemon juice and mustard in a mixing bowl. Mix well.
- Fold crab and sautéed mirepoix into mayonnaise mixture.
- Form the crab cakes and coat in panko. Heat the pan with oil or butter on a medium heat. Cook until golden brown on each side.
- Fold bread crumbs into crab mixture until desired consistency is achieved, and it holds together.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Suggestion: Weigh crab cakes to 4 oz., pack tightly, form into crab cake and coat in panko breadcrumbs.
- Heat the pan with oil or butter on a medium heat. Cook until golden brown on each side.
Read more about Jakobi Voorheis and watch the SEEN in the Kitchen segment below: