Enjoy this easy healthier baked crab balls recipe for a delicious treat while watching the game or to bring to the party.
My husband is a huge crab fan and loves a good crab ball. However, I don't like the idea of frying food in the house. It's messy and it seems like the smell of the grease never goes away. So why not make some baked crab balls instead?
The ingredients are very much the same as my crab cake recipe. The difference is the shape and the balls are rolled in Panko breadcrumbs to hold them together and give them a crispy coating.
Everything is mixed together in a bowl. Then set it in the refrigerator to help firm up the mix so you can easily create little balls.
Use a teaspoon to scoop out some of the crab mixture then form it into a ball before rolling the ball in a bowl of breadcrumbs.
Set the ball on a greased baking sheet.
After about 10-15 minutes the crab balls should be cooked and golden brown.
Serve the crab balls with your favorite dipping sauce such as cocktail sauce and lemon wedges. And if you like you can offer a little yellow or dijon mustard, or tartar sauce on the side too.
Baked Crab Balls
- 1 pound lump crab meat
- 1/3 cup mayonnaise
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- zest lemon
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons old bay seasoning
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- pinch of salt
- 1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon tabasco sauce or other hot sauce optional
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 cup panko bread crumbs
- Drain any water from the crab meat.
- Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
- Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or longer.
- Use a teaspoon to scoop out a small amount of the crab mixture and gently roll it into a ball.
- Place the crab ball into a separate bowl of panko breadcrumbs and coat it all around.
- Place on a baking sheet that has been greased with olive oil or cooking spray.
- Continue until you've filled the baking sheet.
- Bake in a 400 degree oven for 15 minutes or until the crab balls are toasted and cooked through.
- Serve with lemon wedges and cocktail sauce.
Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although attempts have been made to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.