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Lighter Crab Cakes
Photo: Randy Mayor

Crab Cakes

Our version of crab cakes is ideal for the season: a ­vibrant and light dish that pairs perfectly with a crisp salad and glass of wine. We lightly season sweet, premium crab and use just enough mayonnaise, low-sodium panko (Japanese breadcrumbs), and egg to bind it all together. We don’t add any salt to the mixture, to keep sodium in check. The cakes are cooked in a slick of oil instead of deep-fried. We love a good rémoulade but overhaul the condiment to add a flavor punch without as much sodium.

THE CLASSIC
• 734 calories per serving
1,285 milligrams sodium
8.6 grams saturated fat

THE MAKEOVER
• 292 calories per serving
571 milligrams sodium
1.6 grams saturated fat

View Recipe: Crab Cakes with Spicy Rémoulade

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