Big Game Week: Grilled Crab Cakes with Old Bay Aioli

by on January 31, 2013

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Big Game Week on Panini Happy continues with Grilled Crab Cakes and with Old Bay Aioli!

Baltimore RavensHaving the Baltimore Ravens play in the Super Bowl this year finally gave me the perfect reason to grill crab cakes on the panini press. Maryland is known for both its crab and for it’s classic seafood seasoning, Old Bay – I’ve combined the two for a flavorful grilled appetizer in honor of this team. (Don’t despair, San Francisco fans –  I celebrated the Niners earlier this week).

Mmmm...Old Bay!

A dollop of homemade Old Bay Aioli is right at home on top of each crab cake (there’s even some inside the cakes). Growing up on the West Coast, I didn’t come to know (and love) Old Bay until just a few years ago on a summer vacation to the Delaware/Maryland coast. If you haven’t tried it, it’s a kicky blend of celery salt, pepper, paprika and other spices. The softshell crab sandwich and fries I ordered on the boardwalk came seasoned with it – plus there was the big shaker on the counter in case that wasn’t enough. I am a new fan!

Grilling these crab cakes on the panini press, with just a tiny amount of oil brushed over the top for better browning and crisping, is a little healthier and maybe even a bit faster than frying them in the traditional way. The recipe makes 12 mini crab cakes – a nice amount for a party tray – or you could easily double it for a larger crowd.

Happy football-watching!

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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidencd January 31, 2013 at 6:04 pm

That old bay aioli sounds so so good! Would be delicious on a grilled fish sandwich too.
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2 Kathy January 31, 2013 at 9:32 pm

It is! I have a recipe in my cookbook where I serve it with grilled salmon. 🙂


3 Amanda January 31, 2013 at 8:42 pm

These look DELICIOUS Kathy!! 🙂 Would love these for the Super Bowl!! 🙂
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4 Kathy January 31, 2013 at 9:32 pm

Thanks, Amanda!


5 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective February 1, 2013 at 6:37 am

Wish I could just reach through the screen….
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6 Jeanette February 1, 2013 at 7:16 am

What a great idea – using a panini press to grill crab cakes!
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7 Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies February 1, 2013 at 7:37 am

I don’t even eat seafood and I love Old Bay seasoning! Using it in an aioli is such a good idea.
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8 Kathy February 3, 2013 at 11:37 am

It’s so good on fries too. 🙂


9 Carolyn February 1, 2013 at 9:10 am

I love crab cakes and I love that you did them on the panini press!
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10 JulieD February 3, 2013 at 11:25 am

Love this, Kathy! Looks so easy!!
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11 Kathy February 3, 2013 at 11:36 am

It is, Julie!


12 Brian @ A Thought For Food February 3, 2013 at 8:45 pm

I do love crab cakes and these look awesome!
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13 Cassie | Bake Your Day February 4, 2013 at 7:34 am

These have me drooling, Kathy. Love ’em!
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14 Russell van Kraayenburg February 4, 2013 at 10:43 am

Ooh these guys look incredible. I have a big ole family that will go crazy over these.
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