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Diane Henderiks' Pistachio Pesto Crab Cakes with Avocado Cream

Makes a Great Appetizer or Entree

PHOTO: Diane Henderiks pistachio crab cake is shown here.
Difficulty: Easy
Cook Time: min

Try Diane Henderiks' recipe for Pistachio Pesto Crab Cakes with Avocado Cream.


  • For the Pistachio Pesto:
  • 3 cups loosely packed fresh basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons shelled pistachio nuts
  • 1 clove garlic; crushed
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • For the Crab Cakes:
  • 8 ounces jumbo lump crabmeat, picked over
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped celery leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1 egg white; beaten
  • For the Avocado "Cream":
  • 1 whole ripe avocado, cut into chunks
  • 2 tablespoons plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Cooking Directions

    Make the Crab Cakes: In mixing bowl, gently combine first 6 ingredients (crab meat through paprika).

    Whisk yogurt and egg white together and gently combine with crab meat mixture. Shape into 4 cakes (about 3 inches in diameter and about 1/4 inch thick) Place on paper towel lined plate, cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.

    Make the Pesto: combine first 4 ingredients in food processor and process to paste-like consistency. Scrape down the sides and with blade running, drizzle in olive oil. Remove from food processor, stir and set aside.

    Make the Avocado Cream: Place all ingredients in food processor and process until smooth.

    Cook the crab cakes: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Remove crab cakes from paper towel lined plate and gently spread 1 tablespoon of pesto on top of each crab cake. Dust both sides of cakes with flour. Heat olive oil in cast iron pan over high heat. Gently place crab cakes, pesto side down, into pan. Sear for 1 minute, flip gently and remove pan from heat. Place pan in oven and bake for 5-10 minutes or until heated through and browned. Serve with avocado cream.

    Serves 2: main course

    Serves 4: appetizer

    Recipe courtesy Diane Henderiks.

    Recipe Summary

    Main Ingredients: crabmeat, basil, paprika, greek yogurt, egg white

    Course: Dinner, Appetizer/Starter

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