Crab Cakes with Spicy Avocado Sauce

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Crab Cakes with Spicy Avocado Sauce

The seafood counter at my grocery store makes a killer Maryland crab cake. I just happened to walk by as they were setting up the demo area to showcase on-sale crab. I could buy crab… or I could just buy the crab cakes they were making fresh right in front of me, behind the seafood counter.

Making crab cakes at home = full dishwasher. Of course, making sandwiches at home = full dishwasher. I have a “gift.” Who doesn’t love convenience? Super tasty convenience. Dinner is almost always better when someone else makes it for you!

I usually serve crab cakes with basil aioli but because I had half of an avocado leftover after making a batch of avocado puree for The Foodie Baby, we went a different direction. The sauce was plate-licking good. I ran out of crab cake far too soon! It was a delicious addition to taco night the next day. I even mixed the last of the leftovers with a little extra milk and made salad dressing. It would make an awesome veggie dip, too.

Spicy Avocado Sauce

A cool, spicy avocado crema that's perfect with crab cakes.


  • 1/2 ripe large avocado, pitted
  • 1 Tbsp mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 fresh Jalapeno or Serrano, seeds and stems removed and quartered lengthwise
  • 1/4 cup skim milk


  1. In a blender or food processor, pulse first 5 ingredients 4 or 5 times.
  2. add the milk and blend until smooth.


Yields: 1 cup (8 2-Tbsp servings)

Adapted from Gourmet

Estimated time: 10 minutes

Nutritional Information
Calories: 34.2 | Fat: 2.9 | Fiber 1
WW Points: 1

8 comments… add one
  • Mmm! I just had a salad last night with avocado and a spicy cilantro lime dressing. This sauce sounds perfect over crab cakes. Can’t go wrong with avocado!

  • The Good Eats episode last night was about crab! It’s gotten me in the mood for some, even though I had it a week and a half ago.

    Never had crab cakes though. That avocado sauce looks mighty tasty!

  • Yumm!! I’ve been trying to figure out what to make with the half of an avocado left!

  • Haha! I too have the gift for using ever dish in my kitchen! Sometimes when I really get going I have to stop to wash all the dishes, just so I can dirty them again!

  • Yum, this sounds good!

  • this is THE perfect sauce. I mean really. ::printing::
    (do i have to tell you i am eating a pb & j sammie now? not happy)

  • How ironic, we have the same gift! Good call going with convenience on this one and saving the effort for that yummy sauce 🙂

  • Yum!!! Anything with avocado, I’m game! Thanks for sharing, that looks delicious by the way! I’d sure try this out. I wanna share this to my friends too in Foodista. If you don’t mind adding the foodista widget for serrano peppers at the end of this post, then that’ll do it! The widget’s gonna direct the readers to your recipe when they go looking for recipes with serrano peppers in it. Keep on posting, I’ve become a fan. 😀

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