Best Crab Cakes with Lemon-Dill Aioli

Would you believe I had never tasted a crab cake until earlier this year? Crazy, right? Oddly enough, it happened in Las Vegas. Dustin and I went out to a nice seafood restaurant called Chart House while our friends watched Jordan at the hotel.

Best Crab Cakes with Lemon-Dill Aioli recipe and images by Lacey Stevens-Baier, a sweet pea chef

Mind you, this was our first night out without Jordan. Ever. Needless to say, I was watching my phone like a hawk. Like. A. Hawk.

Anyways, just because we were out on the town and on our own and totally not obsessing over all the different ways my baby could get lost or hurt without my constant presence, we ordered all sorts of beautiful dishes at the restaurant. We tried the Lobster Bisque (yum), the Bruschetta Sliders (quite tasty), the Crab Cakes — all in addition to our actual entrees. Oh, I may have had a few glasses of wine, too. Hey, it was Vegas, after all.

Best Crab Cakes - Making Lemon Aioli

Until then, the opportunity had never really presented itself to try crab cakes. Not sure how that happened.

Long story short, the meal was fabulous. By the way, Jordan was sound asleep after frantically rushing home when we got back to the hotel, in case you were worried.

Since our trip, the memory of the crab cakes has stuck with me. So, like any reasonable person would do (heehee), I added them to My Summer List to try out on my own.

Best Crab Cakes - Making Crab Cakes

I hadn’t ever really considered buying live crabs and then picking the meat from the shells. Ugh. That sounded like a lot of work. So, instead, I bought a pound of “fresh” crab meat at the store. Important note: If you ever use this type of crab meat, make sure to thoroughly check it for shells prior to cooking it. I thought the hefty price tag would insure the shells were completely removed. Silly me.

Best Crab Cakes with Lemon-Dill Aioli recipe and images by Lacey Stevens-Baier, a sweet pea chef

The crab cakes turned out to be quite tasty — hence the name “Best Crab Cakes.” Granted, I don’t have much to compare them to, but I really think they were good. Just the right amount of heat while letting the crab be the star. I think they were complimented very well by the Lemon-Dill Aioli, too, which is tart and creamy.

Best Crab Cakes with Lemon-Dill Aioli recipe and images by Lacey Stevens-Baier, a sweet pea chef

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Best Crab Cakes with Lemon-Dill Aioli
Prep Time
2 hrs 30 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
2 hrs 45 mins
These Best Crab Cakes have the right amount of heat while letting the crab be the star and are complimented by the tart and creamy Lemon-Dill Aioli.
Categories: Appetizer
Difficulty: Easy
Keyword: dill sauce for crab cakes, lemon dill sauce for crab cake, lemon dill sauce for crab cakes
Servings: 8 crab cakes
Calories: 246 kcal
Author: Lacey Baier of A Sweet Pea Chef
For the Lemon-Dill Aioli:
  • 2 large egg yolks pasteurized, to be safe
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 1/2 tsp fresh parsley minced
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 3/4 tsp dried dill
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
For the Crab Cakes:
  • 3 tbsp unsalted, grass-fed organic butter divided
  • 1 green onion finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1/2 tbsp parsley minced
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 lb crab meat de-shelled
  • 3/4 cup almond meal, divided
  • 1/4 cup parmesan grated
  1. For the Lemon-Dill Aioli, place all ingredients, except for olive oil, in a blender. Pulse to combine. With the blender running, very slowly drizzle in olive oil, little by little, until an emulsion forms (the mixture will thicken and become a creamy, white-ish color). Refrigerate for 1 hour prior to serving to allow flavors to meld.
  2. Heat 1 tbsp. butter in large skillet on medium-high heat. Cook green onion and garlic until tender, approximately 2 minutes. Add parsley, lemon juice, 1/2 cup of the almond meal and spices to the mixture and stir together. Remove from heat. Fold in crab meat until evenly distributed.

  3. Combine parmesan and remaining 1/4 cup almond meal in a shallow dish.

  4. Form the crab cake patties to about 1/2-inch thickness. Wet your hands with water if the mixture starts to stick. You should make about 8 medium-sized patties.
  5. Cover the patties with parchment paper or saran wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. This will make it so the cakes don't fall apart and crumble while cooking.
  6. Heat 1 tbsp. butter in a large skillet on medium-high heat until butter is almost burning. Cook patties, 4 at a time, until golden on each side, approximately 3 minutes per side. Use the remaining 1 tbsp. butter for the final 4 patties.
  7. Serve with a lemon wedge and Lemon-Dill Aioli for dipping.
Nutrition Facts
Best Crab Cakes with Lemon-Dill Aioli
Amount Per Serving (2 cakes)
Calories 246 Calories from Fat 250
% Daily Value*
Fat 27.8g43%
Saturated Fat 6.8g34%
Cholesterol 115mg38%
Sodium 450.8mg19%
Carbohydrates 10.5g4%
Fiber 0.8g3%
Sugar 1.1g1%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 400IU8%
Vitamin C 9.1mg11%
Calcium 130mg13%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Lacey Baier

Hey y’all, I’m Lacey Baier and I’m so glad you’re here! I’m a healthy lifestyle influencer and the creator of this clean-eating blog and YouTube channel, A Sweet Pea Chef. My recipes have been published on Food Network, Good Morning America, FoxNews, Tastemade, Fitness Magazine, and much more. I live in Dallas, Texas with my husband and four kiddos. Let’s get started!

9 thoughts on “Best Crab Cakes with Lemon-Dill Aioli

  1. This recipe was great, even though I had a problem with the patties staying together. I ended up getting fed-up with them falling apart about halfway through, so i just scrambled them all together and called it “crab stuffing” haha. Maybe I’ll add some egg next time. The taste was great though!

  2. Lacey, the crab cakes with the sauce look fabulous…I love crab cakes, but haven’t made yet, and I have one big can of crab meat waiting to be used…will definitely try it…SO SO yummie!

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