Crab Cakes with Creamy Cucumber Sauce

You've never made quicker - or tastier - crab cakes than these. With zesty lemon, sweet bell pepper and a yogurt-cucumber sauce over top, these cakes offer an unbeatable flavor combination.

Jill Silverman Hough

Nutritional Bonus: Do your digestive tract a favor and eat probiotic yogurt regularly! Probiotics are “good” bacteria in our gut that help keep the “bad” bacteria in check, which can provide a boost to both your digestive and immune systems. Opt for yogurt from grass-fed cows whenever possible, as it tends to be higher in healthful omega-3 fatty acids.

Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
5 min
30 min


  • 12 fresh chives, cut into 3- or 4-inch lengths
  • 1/2 cucumber, peeled, halved lengthwise, seeded and cut into 3 or 4 pieces
  • 2/3 cup plain reduced-fat yogurt (Opt for regular yogurt, as the Greek variety is too thick for this particular dish)

  • Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 lb cooked lump crabmeat, picked over
  • 1 1/3 cups whole-wheat panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup seeded and chopped red bell pepper
  • 5 large egg whites
  • 2 tbsp sunflower or safflower oil
  • 8 large butter lettuce leaves


  1. In a food processor, puree chives, cucumber and yogurt. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine lemon zest, lemon juice, crab, panko, bell pepper and salt. Stir in egg whites. Using damp hands, shape mixture into 8 cakes, each about 3/4-inch thick, arranging cakes on the back of a baking sheet.
  3. In each of two medium nonstick skillets on medium, heat 1 tbsp oil. Carefully slide cakes off a baking sheet and into skillets, 4 per skillet. Cook until golden brown and cooked through, about 4 minutes per side.
  4. Divide lettuce among plates. Divide cakes among leaves and top each with about 2 tbsp sauce. Serve with remaining sauce.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 2 crab cakes, 1/4 cup cucumber sauce, 2 lettuce leaves
  • Calories 327
  • Carbohydrate Content 26 g
  • Cholesterol Content 83 mg
  • Fat Content 13 g
  • Fiber Content 4 g
  • Protein Content 36 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 1 g
  • Sodium Content 576 mg
  • Sugar Content 6 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat Content 0 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat Content 0 g