These savory crab cakes are a plump Coastal Texas treat. Perfect as a dinner appetizer, this crab cake recipe comes with a smooth Lemon Butter sauce that will make your mouth water. The great thing about these crab cakes is that they're not super time intensive. The hands-on time for the recipe is around 50 minutes, and you'll need to allow the mixture to chill for 30 to 40 minutes so that it stays together in the cooking process. These Gulf Crab Cakes with Lemon Butter make a stunning party appetizer; simply shape them into smaller crab cakes for an hors d'oeuvres that guests can pick up with a tooth pick. This crab cake recipe originally comes from our United Tastes of Texas cookbook, but find the freshest crab you can find to take this seafood recipe to the next level.

To start your crab cakes, you'll first need to prepare the colorful pepper mixture. This gives density to your crab cakes, and brings out an extra layer of flavor in the recipe. Mix together red bell pepper, green bell pepper, yellow onion, and garlic in a skillet. You'll also toss in some Creole or Dijon mustard – this gives a smoky flavor to the mixture. Once you've added in the other spices, bring in the breadcrumbs. Dry breadcrumbs – when paired with the egg – hold the crab cakes together, so you won't have a crumbly mess when you go to pick them up. Next, the star of the dish: fresh lump crabmeat. You'll want this crabmeat to be picked and drained – and, the fresher the better. We can imagine the beauty of these crab cakes with fresh red crab from the Chesapeake or delicious stone crab from Everglade City, Florida. Check your local farmers' market or fish market to find your lump crabmeat. Once you've added your green onions, let the mixture chill. The crab cakes will be fairly delicate, so this is an important step in the process. Shape your cakes, fry them in some butter, and then prepare the silky Lemon Butter for an appetizer your guests won't soon forget. If you want to make your crab cakes into a meal, try serving alongside some fresh salad greens for a tasty lunch.

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