Recipe: Crab Cakes with Pineapple-Mango Salsa

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It seems that crab cakes are a shamefully neglected weeknight eat, which is a bummer, really, considering how lightning fast they go from idea to table. My fruit and veggie-filled version includes healthy bell peppers packed right inside the patties, a dollop of zesty fruit salsa on top, and my latest find: no mess from PAM Coconut Oil Spray.

(Image credit: Nealey Dozier)

Lately I’ve been trying to incorporate healthier fats into my diet, but the one that eluded me has been the ever-so-popular coconut oil. I honestly hadn’t had much luck with it: my first attempt using it was in banana bread, and I had no idea I was supposed to warm it up! Let’s not even talk about the time I tried to put it in my smoothie. (Okay, it was pretty much the equivalent of eating plastic and kale.)

The more I had read about coconut oil, though, the more I became determined to incorporate it into my cooking. Happily I found the solution to my dinner dilemma with PAM Coconut Oil Spray. The no-fuss alternative to traditional coconut oil is zero calories and zero grams of fat per serving, gluten-free, and takes away the messy melting phase of working with coconut oil AND the worry of whether my breakfast will congeal. With PAM’s superior non-stick performance, the coconut oil spray makes it easy to achieve a crisp, golden crust, and cleanup is super-easy, leaving more time to relax and enjoy your culinary masterpiece.

(Image credit: Nealey Dozier)

Crab Cakes with Pineapple-Mango Salsa

Yields approximately ten 1/4-cup crab cakes

For the crab cakes
1/4 cup diced red bell pepper
1/4 cup diced green bell pepper
2 green onions, chopped
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup panko crumbs, plus 1 cup for dredging
1/4 cup lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 teaspoons mustard powder
1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 pound best-quality lump crab meat, picked over for shells
Lemon wedges, for garnish
PAM Coconut Oil Spray

For the salsa
1/2 cup diced mango
1/2 cup diced pineapple
1/4 cup diced red onion
1/4 cup diced red bell pepper
1 teaspoon minced jalapeño pepper, or to taste
1 tablespoon minced fresh mint, or to taste
1 lime, freshly juiced
Kosher salt, to taste

For the crab cakes, combine the bell peppers and green onions in a large bowl. Add the egg, panko, lemon juice, mayonnaise, mustard, Old Bay, salt, and Worcestershire sauce and stir until well-combined. Add the crab and gently mix until ingredients are just incorporated. Using a 1/4-cup measuring cup or spring-form ice cream scoop, form the mixture into patties with your hands. Dredge each patty in additional panko crumbs until well coated. Arrange the cakes on a sheet pan and chill for a minimum of one hour, or until ready to cook.

Spray a large skillet with PAM Coconut Oil Spray. Heat over medium-high heat until hot. Add crab cakes, working in two batches if necessary, and cook until crisp and light golden brown, approximately 3 to 4 minutes per side. (To bake the crab cakes, preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a sheet pan with aluminum foil and spray with PAM Coconut Oil Spray. Top each crab cake with a small pat of butter and bake until warmed through, about 10 minutes. Finish under the broiler until golden, if necessary.)

Top with pineapple-mango salsa before serving.

For the salsa, combine the diced mango, pineapple, red onion, bell pepper, jalapeno, mint, and lime juice. Season with a generous pinch of kosher salt. Chill for one hour to allow flavors to combine. Taste and adjust seasoning as necessary.

(Image credit: Nealey Dozier)