January Foodie Extra: Tracey Couillard’s Crab Cakes

Tracey Couillard’s crab cakes

Photography by Suzanne Krowiak

Chef Tracey Couillard is a New Englander who loves seafood comfort dishes. She put crab cakes on the menu as a special at The Wine Market at Fountain Square, and they quickly became a top-selling staple at the restaurant. The recipe is fast and easy, and can be served lots of different ways. Couillard likes them with remoulade. She also recommends trying them with a poached egg and hollandaise sauce, or on greens with apple cider vinaigrette.


  • 1 pound lump crab
  • Zest and juice of 1 medium lemon
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded, deveined, and finely diced
  • 2 small shallots, diced
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh chives
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh dill
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 3/4 cup of Panko bread crumbs


  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
  • Make patties the size of your preference, lightly pressing together with your hands.
  • Warm small amount of oil of your choice in a skillet over medium heat.
  • Heat patties in skillet until warm and slightly brown on both sides.
  • Serve with love.