Muffin Tin Crab Cakes

Muffin Tin Crab Cakes

With very little filler, these muffin tin crab cakes are extra meaty, extra crunchy, and have a big, bold, buttery crab flavor!

This easy to prepare crab recipe are for those special occasions when you want to impress, but don’t want to fuss.

But shhh. Nobody needs to know just how easy these muffin tin crab cakes are to make. That will be our little secret!

**Please Note – The printable recipe card with detailed instructions, complete ingredient measurements, and nutritional information for making foolproof crab cakes is available at the end of this post. OR you can hit the “jump to recipe” text (found below) to be taken directly to the recipe. 

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Vertical closeup photo of muffin tin crab cakes in a muffin tin with title text graphic overlay.

The ingredient list:

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Kitchen tools and equipment needed:

Why are these muffin tin crab cakes best for special occasions?

Since the canned lump crabmeat (found in the refrigerated section at the butcher shop) can get a little pricey, that is why I suggest serving them for special occasions.

However, to hold the cost down you can also use the flaked imitation crabmeat (if desired).

Or, purchase the canned lump crab meat when it’s on sale, and as long as it remains unopened (and kept refrigerated) it will last up to 6 months.

Overhead photo of muffin tin crab cakes in a muffin tin and on a wire rack.

Can these crab cakes be made in advance?

If you are serving these for a special occasion, what’s nice is that they can be prepared in advance and then kept in the refrigerator until you’re ready to bake.

How long can these be refrigerated before baking?

Keep them covered with foil and they can keep in the refrigerator overnight if needed.

Allow the chilled crab cakes to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before baking. Remove the foil before baking.

Can the cilantro be left out of this recipe?

If you really have a strong aversion to cilantro, please feel free to leave it out.

Having said that, I feel that the cilantro adds another light citrus flavor to these crab cakes which makes them really special and flavorful.

Can parsley be substituted for the cilantro?

Yes, if you must, but parsley won’t give the same brightness and flavor pop as the cilantro does.

Meaty Muffin Tin Crab Cakes on a plate with a lemon wedge.

A funny look back:

This recipe for Muffin Tin Crab Cakes is an updated version of a recipe I shared back in August of 2012.

While the recipe remains unchanged, at least I can say that my photos are much better now then they were four years ago!

I mean, honestly, what was I thinking adding a huge faux diamond into a photo with crab cakes?!! (pictured below)

How to make muffin tin crab cakes:

  • Assemble your ingredients and equipment.
  • Adding the crabmeat, lemon zest, and minced shallot in a large bowl.
How to make muffin tin crab cakes
  • Add 1 egg, Dijon mustard, crushed saltine crackers, mayonnaise, seafood seasoning, salt, and pepper.
  • Stir to combine.
  • Add chopped scallions and chopped cilantro.
Making muffin tin crab cakes
  • Brush melted butter into each well of a muffin tin.
  • Add cornflake crumbs into each well, and then generously fill each tin with the crabmeat mixture.
Making crunchy muffin tin crab cakes.
  • Brush the tops of each crab cake with additional melted butter and additional cornflake crumbs.
  • Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for 50-60 minutes.
  • Cool slightly, and loosen them around the edges with a knife to remove. 
  • Serve hot.
How to make crunchy crab cakes.
Meaty Cornflake Muffin Tip Crab Cakes on a plate with a salad and berries in the background.

Sides to serve along with these muffin tin crab cakes:

*Sunflower Crunch Kale and Cabbage Salad (pictured below)

Crunchy, healthy, and completely addictive. This Sunflower Crunch Kale and Cabbage Salad has it ALL going on!! Dig in! You’re going to love this colorful salad!

A round white bowl filled with sunflower crunch kale and cabbage salad

*Roasted Baby Potatoes with Herbs and Garlic (pictured below)

These roasted baby potatoes are creamy in the center, and golden brown and crispy on the outside. Pair all that deliciousness with a dipping sauce made of mustard, horseradish, and mayonnaise and you have the perfect side dish or even a fun and unusual party appetizer!! YUM!!

A brown oval bowl filled with roasted baby potatoes with garlic and fresh herbs.

Below is the printable recipe card along with the exact ingredient measurements and nutritional information for making today’s easy and foolproof muffin tin crab cakes.

5 from 2 votes
Overhead photo of muffin tin crab cakes in a muffin tin and on a wire rack.
Muffin Tin Crab Cakes
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
With little filler, these cornflake muffin tin crab cakes are extra meaty, extra crunchy, and have big, bold, buttery crab flavor!
Course: Easy Main Course, Fish and Seafood
Keyword: easy crab cakes, foolproof crab cakes, muffin tin crab cakes
Servings: 12 crab cakes
Calories: 164 kcal
Renee – Kudos Kitchen: Renée
  • 1 can (24 ounces) lump crab meat
  • 2 tablespoon minced shallots
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon zest
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon seafood seasoning I used Old Bay
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • ½ cup crushed saltine crackers
  • ½ cup chopped scallions
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 5 tablespoons melted butter
  • ½ cup cornflake crumbs
Tools and equipment
  • large bowl
  • muffin tin
  • wooden spoon or spatula
  • pastry brush
  • measuring spoons and cups
  • cutting board
  • chef’s knife
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place the first 13 ingredients (from crabmeat to cilantro) into a large bowl and mix to thoroughly combine.
  3. Brush each well of the muffin tin with some of melted butter, reserving half of the butter for the top.

  4. Add approximately ½ teaspoon of cornflake crumbs into each well, rotating the pan to coat the sides of the tins.

  5. Generously fill each tin with the crabmeat mixture.
  6. Brush the remaining melted butter liberally over each crab cake.
  7. Top the cakes with the remaining cornflake crumbs.
  8. Bake in a preheated oven for 50-60 minutes (or until deeply golden brown).
  9. Cool for 10 minutes and then loosen the cakes by running a knife around each crab cake.
  10. Serve hot.
Recipe Notes

If you’re a fan of the imitation crab meat (or to hold down the cost), feel free to substitute that for the lump crab meat.

Nutrition Facts
Muffin Tin Crab Cakes
Amount Per Serving (1 crab cake)
Calories 164 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 30mg10%
Sodium 286mg12%
Potassium 47mg1%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 403IU8%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 11mg1%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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I sincerely hope you’ve enjoyed today’s easy, company-worthy seafood recipe, as much as I’ve enjoyed bringing it to you!

Crab Cakes baked in a muffin tin.

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  1. I love crab cakes! I never thought to do them in a muffin tin before because I honestly always thought they should be fried.

    • I appreciate frying them too, Matthew. However if you give this method a try, I think you’ll appreciate how good they are this way also.

  2. I love the idea for this. The flavor looks unreal.

  3. SO yummy! These would definitely be great for a dinner party I’m hosting at the end of the month! P.S. At least your old photos were in focus and well lit—some of mine are doozies!!!

  4. Crab cakes area favorite, and I love how much easier they are in a muffin tin – great idea!

  5. What a great idea, my crab cake-loving husband would be ALL over these!

  6. I’m always looking for new ways to flatter my guests – can’t wait to make these crab cakes for them!

  7. These look absolutely delicious! I have to try them! 🙂

  8. This is SUCH a great idea! Love it!

  9. Boy! Those are some meaty crab cakes! I love the added crunch from the Corn Flakes.

  10. This is a great idea! I love crab cakes!

  11. 5 stars
    Made these for some dinner guests and they were a hit. Thanks for the recipe!

  12. 5 stars
    Elegant and easy are my favorite recipes! This post is great at explaining the steps to achieve this delicious recipe!

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