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I have some frozen crab that I was going to use in a sauce for pasta but thought maybe crab cakes would be a nice change of pace.
Does the fact that it has been frozen make it unsuitable because of texture change?

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Are these whole frozen crab, crab legs, or crab meat? Is it pre-cooked or pasteurized? – papin Jul 23 '10 at 1:09
papin, it is crab meat that was pre-cooked. – kiamlaluno Jul 23 '10 at 1:26
Gordon Ramsay will yell at you. :-) – ceejayoz Jul 23 '10 at 2:12
Not if I serve them with his chile-lime sauce. ;-) – kiamlaluno Jul 23 '10 at 2:43
He might yell more, for associating his name with frozen pre-cooked food. – ManiacZX Jul 28 '10 at 23:36
up vote 5 down vote accepted

Most crabmeat is pasteurized, so the texture has already suffered a bit. Crab cakes are basically a binder, crab meat, and seasoning. The binder can add all sorts of interesting textures. There are recipes with Panko, bread flour, flour, eggs, ... If you are worried about it being dry, add mayo as @Darin suggested or increase the oil a bit.

Look at the packaging, the crab meat may be already cooked, so you may get away with cooking it less.

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Agreed on the moisture issues. The thawing process will leave a lot of lost crab juice that would need to be replaced with some fat. Recomend thawing and then draining before mixing with binder and seasonings.

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Previously frozen crabmeat is fine for crab cakes. Should the crabmeat have dried a bit from being frozen, the mayonnaise that is typically added will replace some of the lost moisture.

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