Ciasto z Rab: Decadent Polish Crab Cakes with a Twist


Prepare to be swept away by the luxurious flavors of these decadent Polish crab cakes, Ciasto z Rab. A unique twist on the classic dish, these crab cakes are infused with a delightful blend of spices and a hint of sweetness, creating a truly unforgettable culinary experience.

Ciasto z Rab: Decadent Polish Crab Cakes with a Twist

Preparation Details

  • Preparation Time: 30 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4 (8 crab cakes)
  • Serving Size: 2 crab cakes

Nutritional Information (per serving)

  • Calories: 320
  • Total Fat: 18g
  • Saturated Fat: 3g
  • Cholesterol: 120mg
  • Sodium: 680mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 20g
  • Dietary Fiber: 1g
  • Total Sugars: 4g
  • Protein: 18g


  • 1 pound (450g) lump crabmeat, drained and picked for shells
  • 1/2 cup (60g) breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) mayonnaise
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped dill
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Lemon wedges for serving

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. In a large bowl, gently mix together the lump crabmeat, breadcrumbs, mayonnaise, beaten egg, chopped parsley, chopped dill, Dijon mustard, lemon zest, paprika, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and black pepper until well combined.
  2. Form the crab mixture into 8 equal patties, approximately 3 inches (7.5 cm) in diameter and 1/2 inch (1.25 cm) thick.
  3. In a large skillet, heat about 1/4 inch (6 mm) of vegetable oil over medium-high heat.
  4. Carefully add the crab cakes to the hot oil and fry for 3-4 minutes per side, or until golden brown and crispy.
  5. Transfer the cooked crab cakes to a paper towel-lined plate to drain excess oil.
  6. Serve the Ciasto z Rab hot, garnished with lemon wedges for squeezing over the top.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Use high-quality lump crabmeat for the best flavor and texture.
  • Be gentle when mixing the crab cake mixture to avoid breaking up the lump crabmeat too much.
  • For an extra crispy crust, coat the crab cakes in breadcrumbs before frying.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Can I bake these crab cakes instead of frying?

A: Yes, you can bake the crab cakes at 400°F (200°C) for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown and cooked through.

Q: Can I substitute the mayonnaise with an alternative?

A: You can use Greek yogurt or sour cream as a substitute for mayonnaise, keeping in mind that it may alter the flavor and texture slightly.

Q: Can I make these crab cakes in advance?

A: While best enjoyed fresh, you can prepare the crab cake mixture a day in advance and refrigerate until ready to cook. The cooked crab cakes can also be reheated in the oven or skillet before serving.

Indulge in the luxurious flavors of these Ciasto z Rab, a unique twist on classic Polish crab cakes that will tantalize your taste buds with every bite. The delightful blend of spices, hint of sweetness, and the decadent lump crabmeat create a truly unforgettable culinary experience that will transport you to the heart of Polish cuisine.