Easy Mini Crab Cakes with Creamy Lemon Thyme Dip

This recipe for mini crab cakes with creamy lemon thyme dip is perfect for any party.

Around here it seems like a really good crab cake at a restaurant is hard to find. However, my husband grew up near the Eastern shore, aka, crab country, and he has learn how to make really tasty crab cakes. Lump crab meat is essential, and it can be pretty pricey. Still, when you are going to a party, and that’s all you are contributing, you may not mind shelling out a few extra bucks, to share this yummy treat with your family and friends.

Mini Crab Cakes with Creamy Lemon Thyme Dip

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Ingredients for crab cakes and lemon thyme dip.

I did just that recently at a party my brother and sister-in-law were having for my niece’s birthday. 

Crab cakes prepped on baking sheet.

Using my husband’s recipe that I tweaked just a little, I made mini crab cakes as an appetizer for the party. The recipe makes 18 crab cakes.

Lemon thyme dipping sauce.

I love the flavor of lemon thyme. It’s bright and savory and once you try it you will certainly look for other ways to add it you your cooking. This dip could also be used with veggies, fresh fish or grilled shrimp.

Plated mini crab cakes with creamy lemon thyme dip.

It looks like a lot of crab cakes but don’t be surprised if they get eaten up in minutes.

Party dish with mini crab cakes and dipping sauce.

Since they are pretty easy to make you can easily double the recipe.

Your guests will love you for it.

Here are the Recipes:

Party dish with mini crab cakes and dipping sauce.

Mini Crab Cakes


  • 1 pound lump crabmeat
  • 3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon mayo
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Old Bay Seasoning
  • 2 eggs beaten


  1. Place beaten eggs, mayo, baking powder, parsley, and Old Bay in a large bowl. Mix well

  2. Add bread crumbs and crabmeat and mix until just combined.

  3. Using a small spoon scoop out some of the mixture and make small patties with your hands, then place on a greased baking sheet.

  4. Cover and set in refrigerator for about 30 mins to 1 hour to set up.

  5. Broil crabcakes for 7 -10 minutes, or until the turn golden brown. Do not flip.

  6. Serve on a plate with lemon wedges and Lemon Thyme Dipping Sauce.

Lemon thyme dipping sauce.

Creamy Lemon Thyme Dipping Sacue


  • 1/4 cup Mayo
  • 1/2 cup Sour Cream
  • 1 teaspoon prepared horseradish
  • 1 tablespoon chopped lemon thyme
  • 1 lemon juiced and zested


  1. Combine all ingredients  and refrigerate until ready to serve.

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About Patti Estep

Patti is the creator of Hearth and Vine, a home and garden blog filled with projects to inspire your creative side. She loves crafting, gardening, decorating and entertaining at her home in Pennsylvania. When she is not working on a project at home or searching for treasures at nurseries and thrift stores with her girlfriends, you’ll probably find her with family and friends, at a restaurant, or home party enjoying new and different food adventures.

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