The Month of Burgers – Crab Balls

Crab Balls make a nice lunch or a good appetizer.
Crab Balls

Crab Balls

Crab Balls

I have always liked crab balls, ever since my mother used to buy Mrs. Paul’s Frozen Crab Cakes when I was a little kid. As I grew up, I realized I could make them myself and used Zatarains, which had a lot of salt, so I decided to make my own and do better.

These make a great appetizer or a light lunch with a salad or chips.  When I made this, I threw a thinly sliced potato in the fat and made potato chips.

These balls use Penzey’s Ozark Seasoning for a little extra flavor, and seriously, the sauce really needs the Homade brand of Chili Sauce.  You can find it in the condiments section of your local supermarket.

You don’t have to break the bank, use imitation crab, or if you want to splurge, use real crab.

Let’s Make Crab Balls

Crab Balls

Crab Balls

Crab Balls make a nice lunch or a good appetizer.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Difficulty: Easy
Newsletter: 2019-07-31
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 501kcal
Author: Adrienne Boswell


-- Crab Balls --

  • 1/2 pound Imitation Crab Meat chunk style
  • 1/2 cup Mayonaise
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon Red & Green Peppers
  • 1/2 cup Bread crumbs
  • 1/4 teaspoon True Lemon
  • 1/4 teaspoon Osark Seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon capers

-- Breading --

  • 1 whole Egg
  • 1 cup Flour
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chipotle powder
  • 1 teaspoon Sunflower oil about 2 cups for frying

-- Seafood Sauce --


  • Mix all the crab ball ingredients together. Taste for seasoning.
  • Using a small ice cream scoop, form the mixture into balls and set aside. The balls should be about 1 1/2 inches 3.81 cm.
  • Crab Balls Mise En Place
  • Get three shallow bowls or containers and put in one flour with chipotle, one egg, and one Panko breadcrumbs. Mix the flour and chipotle nicely. Beat the egg lightly with a fork.
  • [cap align="aligncenter" width="620"]Waiting to get dipped[/cap]
    The Month of Burgers - Crab Balls
  • Dip the balls first in the flour mixture and shake off the excess. Then dip in the egg, letting the excess drip off, then roll in the panko bread crumbs.
  • [cap align="aligncenter" width="620"]Ready for a rest in the fridge[/cap]
    The Month of Burgers - Crab Balls
  • Put the balls in the refrigerator, uncovered.
  • Put the oil in a deep saucepan or fryer and heat it to 380 F/ 193 C.
  • While the oil is heating up, make the sauce and refrigerate it until the oil is hot enough.
  • [cap align="aligncenter" width="620"]Mise en Place for Sauce[/cap]
    The Month of Burgers - Crab Balls
  • Get a rack and put some paper towels on it to absorb the grease.
  • Dip two or three balls into the hot fat and let them cook until they have lightly browned about 3-4 minutes. Remove them from the fat and put them on the paper to absorb the grease,
  • Serve with the sauce,


If you want, you can slice up a potato and make chips in the remaining fat.


Nutrition Facts
Crab Balls
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 501 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Trans Fat 5g
Polyunsaturated Fat 7g
Cholesterol 93mg31%
Sodium 1248mg54%
Carbohydrates 68g23%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 19g38%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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As an award-winning and serious home cook, I seriously believe there is no reason why you can't have a restaurant quality meal at home. One of the good things about eating at home is to save money, so armed with a good menu plan, a shopping list, and an appreciation of good food, we can all have gourmet food on a budget.

3 Responses to The Month of Burgers – Crab Balls

  1. Micky says:

    4 stars

    At first, I didn’t get why you were including crab balls in the month of burgers, and then I got it – they’re round like a burger, and I take it you don’t eat meat on Fridays, so it’s a “crab” burger, right?

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