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5 from 4 votes

Muffin Tin Crab Cakes

With little filler, these cornflake muffin tin crab cakes are extra meaty, extra crunchy, and have big, bold, buttery crab flavor!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Easy Main Course
Keyword: easy crab cakes, foolproof crab cakes, muffin tin crab cakes
Servings: 12 crab cakes
Calories: 164kcal
Author: Renee - Kudos Kitchen


  • 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


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Place the first 13 ingredients (from crabmeat to cilantro) into a large bowl and mix to thoroughly combine.
  • Brush each well of the muffin tin with some of melted butter, reserving half of the butter for the top.
  • Add approximately ½ teaspoon of cornflake crumbs into each well, rotating the pan to coat the sides of the tins.
  • Generously fill each tin with the crabmeat mixture.
  • Brush the remaining melted butter liberally over each crab cake.
  • Top the cakes with the remaining cornflake crumbs.
  • Bake in a preheated oven for 50-60 minutes (or until deeply golden brown).
  • Cool for 10 minutes and then loosen the cakes by running a knife around each crab cake.
  • Serve hot.


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.


Serving: 1crab cake | Calories: 164kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 286mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g