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Crab Cake Benedict

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Classic Eggs Benedict with an Eastern Shore Twist of Maryland-style crab cakes.

Crab Cake Benedict

Prep Time: 10 min Cooking Time: 30 min


  • ¼ cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • ½ TB Dijon mustard
  • ½ TB Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ tsp hot sauce
  • ¼ tsp smoked paprika
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 8 ounces lump crabmeat
  • ¼ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp Old Bay seasoning
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 medium lemon, juiced
  • 3 egg yolks
  • ½ tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 medium lemon, juiced
  • splash hot sauce
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 1 TB fresh parsley
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 3 English muffins, fork-split and toasted
  • 6 eggs
  • Fresh spinach (optional)


  1. Prep the crab cakes:Whisk together the yogurt with the egg, mustard, Worcestershire, hot sauce, paprika, Old Bay and lemon juice until smooth. Add the crab meat, parsley and panic. Fold to combine and let refrigerate at least an hour.
  2. Preheat the broiler, and line the pan with aluminum foil. Using a ¼ cup measure (ice cream scoop works), scoop the crab meat onto the pan. Broil about 15 minutes until the cakes are heated through and brown on top.
  3. Make the hollandaise: In the base of a blender, combine all the ingredients except the butter, Cover and blend for about 5 seconds.
  4. Melt the butter in the microwave, about 30 seconds, until melted and hot. Set the blender on high speed and pour the butter into the egg yolk mixture in a thin stream. It will thicken almost immediately. Keep the sauce warm by placing the blender canister in a pan of hot tap water if not serving immediately.
  5. Assemble the benedicts: On each half muffin, place a bit of spinach on the base, top with one crab cake, one egg, and a drizzle of hollandaise.

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After a trip to the Eastern shore, I was blown away by the food, but my favorite had to be the crab cake Benedict. Rather than the typical tightly packed, bready crabby patty, these crab cakes contained barely any filler or binding, leaving it looking more like an ice cream scoops of lump crab meat. Baked or broiled, not one bite disappointed.

Despite the lengthy ingredient list, this can mostly be prepped before hand, and the 5-minute hollandaise is makes it totally doable for a last minute brunch. If you do have time to kill, I suggest making your own English muffins which would no doubt, steal the show.


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