Here’s a hot tip: Not everything has to be homemade! You can still get creative and make things easy on yourself. That is where this crab cake sandwich idea came from. I didn’t want to take the time to make crab cakes from scratch but was really craving them in a sandwich. I found a great quality crab cake in the freezer section at Sam’s Club, zhuzhed up some mayo, added some toppings, and a delicious easy sandwich was born.
Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 25 minutes Servings: 4 Sandwiches
Here’s what you need:
- 8 Crab Cakes (The Member’s Mark brand I used has 6 in a box so you would need 2 boxes to serve 4 double deckers)
- 4 Brioche Buns
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 2-3 tsp lemon juice
- 2 tsp Old Bay seasoning
- 2-3 dashes of your favorite hot sauce
- Onion/Pickled Onion
The longest part about this recipe is waiting for the crab cakes to cook. You will want to follow the package instructions for this depending on the brand you use. Mine called for 20-23 minutes of cook time from frozen. I lined a sheet tray with parchment and then sprayed it with cooking spray. This ensures it doesn’t stick AND gets a nice brown crust. At the halfway point of cooking pull out the cakes and flip them over to get a good crust on the 2nd side. You also will want to GENTLY smash them down to flatten them a bit for the sandwich. Be very careful doing this because they can break apart very easily. So just a gentle smoosh with the back of a metal spatula works great.
While your crab cakes are cooking you can prep the rest of your sandwich. I made a quick and easy Old Bay Mayo as the dressing for mine. Here’s how to make it:
In a bowl put 1/2 cup of mayonnaise, 2-3 tsp of lemon juice, 2 tsp of Old Bay seasoning, and a few dashes of hot sauce. Stir this all together. I like mine pretty lemony so you can also add less or more on the juice and hot sauce depending on what you like. And that’s it. It’s ready for your sandwiches.
When your crab cakes are ready, it’s time to assemble. I sliced tomato, cleaned some ice burg lettuce, and grabbed pickled onions as my toppings while the cakes cooked. I also like a toasted bun so I opted to for that too.
I smeared some mayo on both sides of the bun, put tomatoes on the bottom, added my first crab cake, then some lettuce and pickled onions, then the 2nd crab cake, and topped it with the other half of the bun. I chose to serve cauliflower and cheese on the side with a little Old Bay sprinkled on top. But you could choose any side that sounds delicious like some crinkle cut fries or sweet potato tots! And there you have it… Another quick and creative meal!