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Crab Cakes with Lemon Dressing

February 16th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Weight Watchers 2009 Book Cover

These moist and tasty crab cakes are served on a bed of lettuce with sliced tomatoes and then topped with a fresh made tangy lemon dressing. Monique picked out a few recipes and I was the assistant in making them last night, we still enjoy cooking together in the kitchen. And these crab cakes are very good, in fact Ben ate a double portion of four crab cakes. I know when Ben goes back for seconds it has to be good!

Over the years we have become fond of recipes by Weight Watchers® cookbooks, hand out recipe cards and booklets given out to members during their meetings. Monique became a lifetime member some years ago, and I will follow along with her when we both need to get back to healthier eating habits. Our cookbook collection includes about a dozen or so by Weight Watchers® and we have found just about everyone of the recipes that we have tried to be winners, both in taste and ease of preparation.

Crab Cakes with Lemon Dressing

This recipe comes from the Weight Watchers® Annual Recipes for Success 2008 edition.1 And this particular recipe is found on page 73 under the Fish & Shellfish category section. One of the features about each recipe is that they will list the WW® points value and also the per serving nutritional values typically including calories, fat, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, cholesterol and sodium among a few others too. So if you are tracking your points or calorie intake these make it much easier to follow on your meal plan.

Let’s face it, none of us are getting any younger, and as I age it seems that my waist line likes to keep up. So with that in mind, periodically I am going to start adding some of our favorite “healthier” recipes to the Cajun Chef Ryan blog as alternatives to our regular fare.

Crab Cakes with Lemon Dressing

Yield: 6 servings


2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard, divided
3 Tbsp. Water
1/2 Tsp. Lemon zest
3 Tbsp. Lemon juice, fresh
2 Tbsp. Olive oil
1 Tbsp. Shallots, minced
1/2 Tsp. Sugar
1/2 Tsp. Salt
1/2 Tsp. Black pepper
Crab Cake Mixture
1/2 Cup Light mayonnaise
3 Tbsp. Green onion, chopped
1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 Large Egg, lightly beaten
1 1/4 Cups Panko breadcrumbs, divided
1 Lb. Crabmeat, lump, shells removed and drained
For sauteing
1 can Non-stick cooking spray
4 Tsp. Olive oil
For plating
10 Ounces Spring mix or romaine lettuce leaves
1 Large Tomato, sliced in 1/2 and then into thin slices
Preparation Steps
1. Combine 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard with the water, lemon zest, lemon juice, olive oil, shallots, sugar, salt and black pepper. Stir well with a whisk and cover and chill.
2. Combine the remaining 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard with the mayonnaise, green onion, Worcestershire sauce and the egg. Stir well with a whisk. Then fold in 1/2 cup of the breadcrumbs and then the crabmeat.
3. Shape the crabmeat mixture into 12 (1/2-inch-thick) cakes. Then dredge the cakes in the remaining 1 cup breadcrumbs. Coat both sides of the cakes with cooking spray.
4. Heat 2 teaspoons olive oil in a large non-stick saute pan coated with cooking spray over a medium high heat. Add 6 of the crab cakes and saute for 4 minutes on each side or until a nice golden brown. Place crab cakes in a warmer and then repeat the procedure for the remaining 2 teaspoons olive oil and 6 crab cakes. Evenly place the lettuce and tomato slices on 6 plates and serve 2 crab cakes per portion with 2 tablespoons of the dressing on top.

Points value: 6
Calories: 259 (51% from fat)
Fat: 14.8 g (sat 3.1 g)
Protein: 18.2 g
Carbs: 13.1 g
Fiber: 1.4 g
Chol: 102 mg
Iron: 1.2 mg
Sodium: 673 mg
Calcium: 124 mg


1Weight Watchers® Annual Recipes for Success 2008. (2007) Oxmoor House, Inc. Birmingham, AL. p. 73.

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  • 1 nancy // Oct 29, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    I added just a pinch of garlic to the lemon dressing. the crabcakes were outstanding…thanks