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2 Best Ways To Reheat Crab Cakes To Keep Them Tender and Delicious

The crab cake is a great, crunchy, and delicious dish that is mostly made up of sweet crab meat and bread crumbs, with the addition of everything else. 

What is wonderful about this dish is that you can eat it in many ways, and thus, have a different meal for a couple of days.

You can serve on its own, or with crab cakes side dishes, then in a sandwich, or as a crunchy addition to the main dish with your favorite sauces. 

Feel free to prepare more crab cakes in advance because they heat up very nicely, and you can save yourself time for preparing lunch. 

The only thing you will need to be careful about is not to dry them out completely. As it is a crunchy dish with bread crumbs, it can easily dry out. Here are the best ways to reheat crab cakes leftovers. 

How to Reheat Crab Cakes In The Oven

The oven is a good way to reheat crab cakes, especially if you have many pieces, and you want to heat them all at once.

The advice is to let the crab cakes come to room temperature before putting them in the oven. This is also true if they have been previously frozen. Thaw them and let them temperate a bit.

Step 1: Preheat the Oven to 325 °F

The first thing you should do is to preheat the oven well. Set the temperature to 325 degrees F and let it heat up. Meanwhile, you have the time to prepare the crab cakes. 

Step 2: Prepare the Crab Cakes for Reheating

Take your baking tray and lay the baking paper sheet on the bottom. Then, arrange the crab cakes in a way that there is enough space between each. Finally, cover the tray with aluminum foil so the crab cakes can retain their moisture.

If you feel like your dish is overdried, you can add a few drops of water in the tray corners so steam can restore the crab cake’s moisture.

Step 3: Bake for 10 to 15 Minutes

It will take approximately 10 to 15 minutes for the crab cakes to warm up fully. It will also depend on their size, so adjust the time as needed. 

Reheating Crab Cakes On The Stove

A fairly quick and easy way to reheat crab cakes is on the stove. With the addition of a little water, you will be able to regain the juiciness of the dish especially if it has dried out due to standing.

Here’s how to best heat up crab cakes in a skillet.

Step 1: Place the Frying Pan on a Stove and Preheat 

Turn on the stove to medium heat. You don’t want your crab cakes to burn during the warm-up process, so don’t use the maximum heat. Spray a little oil on a pan and let it heat up.

Step 2: Put Crab Cakes in a Pan and Cover

Put crab cakes in a frying pan and cover with a lid to keep the juiciness. Fry for two to three minutes until well heated on one side.

Step 3: Flip the Crab Cakes and Add a Little Water

Flip the crab cakes to warm up on the other side as well. At this point, you can add a little water if the crab cakes are very dry. Cover the pan. 

A few minutes of warming up and your crab cakes will be ready to enjoy.



Reheating crab cakes is not complicated at all, and the taste will be really good. Try to be gentle when handling so that they do not fall apart. It won’t spoil the taste, but you may want to keep their nice round look.

We have two effective methods for reheating this dish. You can choose the one that suits you best. If your crab cakes were frozen, be sure to defrost them well first before starting to reheat them.

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