How Long To Bake Crab Cakes In Oven At 450 Degrees?

Whether thinking of a summer picnic or for a short gathering with cocktails and appetizers, crab cakes will always be the right choice. Whether you form it into big circles and make it your meal’s main dish, or make it mini for your appetizers and finger food, every way of preparing crab cakes is just as delicious and enjoyable for everyone. And they are easy to make. I love to prepare them in the oven. The common temperature to use is 450 degrees. So how long to bake crab cakes in oven at 450 degrees? In this post, let talk about that and everything you need to know for your perfectly delectable oven baked crab cakes recipe.

How Long To Bake Crab Cakes In Oven At 450?

For crab cakes of average size, you only have to bake them for 12-15 minutes  in the oven at 450 degrees. You can  remove them once the cakes become golden brown. The amount of time needed for baking will also depend on how big or how thick your cakes are. For smaller and thinner or flatter cakes, it does take less time, at around 7-10 minutes only. Also, make sure that your cakes’ internal temperature reaches 165 degrees to ensure safe and perfectly cooked crab cakes.

What are other temperatures to cook crab cakes in the oven?

While 450 degrees is already a safe and stable temperature for crab cakes, some choose to lower the temperature to around 350 to 400 degrees, to make sure that the crab cake cooks through. Lower temperatures are generally better for smaller and thinner cakes, while plump and larger cakes are more fit for the 425 to 450 degrees because the high heat can cook it quicker. But, don’t go beyond 450 since that may overcook your crab cakes which will make your cakes dry and have everything falling apart. And, no one wants that. So, an oven around 400-450 degrees should be your aim for baking crab cakes.

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How to cook crab cakes in the oven?

From the ingredients you choose to incorporate, to the way you form your cakes, and even your chosen method of cooking, there’s a ton of ways to prepare your tastiest crab cakes yet. For me, there’s one easy crab cake recipe that I like to use.

1 Prepare the cake

For the actual batter of the cake, you can simply combine first some egg, parsley, salt, dijon mustard, mayonnaise, and seasonings of your choice like paprika, Old Bay seasoning, Worcestershire, or cayenne in a large mixing bowl.

2 Add crab meat and crumbs

Then, you pour in the crab meat and some cracker crumbs while very carefully folding it in the mixture to not break the meat. With the crab meat, you’d also have tons of choices from backfin to claws and lumps. For crab cakes, it’s most preferred to use lump crab meat to have a very flavorful and sturdy part of the meat that won’t easily break as you make and mix your cake.

3 Freeze the crab cakes

After mixing the ingredients, it’s better to refrigerate it first for at least half an hour for the cakes to keep their shape as you form them later on, whether into lumpy big chunks, or flatter cakes, depending on your preference. After forming them, you may coat them with bread crumbs if you want.

4 Bake

Then pop them in the oven for 12 to 15 minutes and wait ’til they’re done.

Tip: If you're not a fan of the oven and if you don't like big, chunky cakes, you can also sauté or fry your cakes on a stove instead. If using the stovetop, cakes are usually flattened out into patties, which is also really good!

How to cook crab cakes in oven fast?

Writing about crab cakes makes me crave them. No matter the occasion, crab cakes will always be a perfect dish to serve at the dinner table. It also doesn’t take too much time to cook and serve. But, if you’re in a real big hurry and you don’t want to keep your guests waiting, here are ways you can quicken up this process.

Make it small or thin

Making your crab cakes thinner or smaller in size will make cooking quicker since the heat won’t need to power through such a thick piece of meat.  Just make sure that even if your cakes are thin, every bite is filled with finger-licking goodness.

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Skip the Fridge

Though letting your cake mix refrigerate is super beneficial to making your crab cakes perfect, you can skip this step if you’re in a hurry. Just make sure your cake mix is bound well together, and add additional binding ingredients without ruining the flavor. That’s half an hour less for preparation.

What goes well with crab cakes?

Crab cakes are just heavenly delightful. I’m sure all your loved ones and guests will agree as well, once you serve your crab cakes to them. But, if you’re looking for ways to leave an unforgettable impression with your crab cakes, here are ways you can level up your dish.

Sauce for crab cakes

A good way to upgrade crab cakes is to serve them with some tartar dip or sauce. You can make your tartar sauce by simply combining some mayo, dijon mustard, pickle relish, lemon, salt, and pepper and you’re good to go. Trust me, it’s good.

Add some spice

Adding red peppers or hot sauce to your cake mix will make your crab cakes just instantly better. Bold flavors uplift the subtle taste of crab meat which makes your crab cakes just so much better.

Butter and Lemon

After cooking your crab cakes, simply brush them with melted butter and drizzle a little lemon juice. That in itself will make your crab cakes heavenly good.

Conclusion to baking crab cakes

I’m surely up for a crab delight, and I know your guests will be too! Crab cakes are a relatively easy dish to prepare that everyone enjoys, which is why you can never go wrong with it! It’s simply a delight worth serving at the table, wherever and whenever! I hope this can help you in preparing your crab cakes. Have a crabby-licious meal!