Vikings Sunday tailgate recipe: Maryland crab cake sliders

The Vikings take on the Baltimore Ravens this Sunday at noon on FOX 9.  Make this tasty mash-up recipe in honor of this week's game.

Maryland is known for their crab cakes, so we naturally had to invite Twin Cities seafood favorite Smack Shack to give us a little lesson. Chef and owner Josh Thoma cooked up this version of crab cake sliders.  See full recipe below.



  • 1 LB Lump Crab Meat
  • 1 LB Jumbo Lump Crab Meat
  • 1/2 C. Mayonnaise
  • 1/2 Red Bell Pepper (Small Dice)
  • 1/2 Yellow Onion (Small Dice)
  • 2 Scallions Chopped
  • 3/4 C. Panko Breadcrumbs
  • 2 TBL. Lemon Juice
  • 1 TSP. dijon Mustard
  • 1 Egg
  • 1TBL. Butter
  • 2 TSP. Kosher Salt
  • Olive Oil (For Cooking)


  • Pick through crab meat and discard any shells.
  • Small dice red peppers, yellow onions, and chop scallions.
  • Saute' yellow onions and red peppers until soft then set aside to cool.
  • In a bowl mix together your wet ingredients. (Mayo, egg, dijon and lemon juice)
  • Add peppers, onions, scallions, panko breadcrumbs and salt to your wet mixture
  • Gently fold your crab meat into the base mixture. (you can adjust the consistency with some more breadcrumb if the mix feels loose)
  • Form the mixture into 4 oz. cakes and refrigerate for 30 minutes
  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Cook until golden brown on each side for about 3-4 minutes.

Visit Smack Shack at their North Loop location in Minneapolis, and their brand new Bloomington location opening in December.  For more info, visit