Crab Cakes have always been one of my favorite dishes to eat a seafood restaurant, but often the cakes are more cake than crab — and I get disappointed. I’d rather have a seafood cake with the delicately sweet taste of seafood and not so much cake, right?
Now, I make them myself at home when I get the urge, much better. I can make the cakes the way I like them, much healthier, more suited to my current lifestyle. Then, one day I was busy thinking about what to do with the remnants of a cod fillet that I had leftover from another dinner and Marc suggested that I try making a “Gumbo Cake”. I had the fish, shrimp and some chicken andouille sausage on hand — halfway there. I added fresh chopped vegetables and some potato to act as a binder instead of bread, yum, what a great idea. He’s a genius!
They are delicate because we don’t ‘fry’ them. These cakes can be baked or pan sautéed to keep the calories and unwanted fat down to a minimum, just make sure you pack them tightly and treat them gingerly to preserve the cake. I can eat a whole plate of them, they are so good. I generally serve them with a summer salad mixed with avocado, organic corn and whatever fresh vegetables I can find at the market. An excellent sanctioned meal, absolutely worth all the work!
- 1lb Cod, steamed and flaked
- 1lb Shrimp, poached, chopped
- 1lb Chicken Sausage, chopped
- 1 Red Pepper - Chopped
- 1 Yellow Pepper - Chopped
- 1 Scallion - bunch, Chopped
- ½ Cup Parsley - Chopped
- 1 small yellow potato, boiled & mashed
- 1T Siriacha
- 2T Mayonnaise
- 2 Whole Eggs or 4 Egg Whites
- s/p to taste
- Gently cook the Cod & Shrimp -- careful not to over cook - 2-4 minutes & set aside to cool
- Chop all the veg into small dice, uniformly to ensure even cooking
- Chop the chicken sausage into small dice and mix all protein & vegetables together
- Fold in the mashed potato, seasonings, mayonnaise and eggs
- Form into balls with an ice cream scoop and flatten into cakes
- Heat a non stick pan with a little oil and cook gently until golden and heated through