1 pound fresh lump crab meat
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard (optional)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
2 tablespoons flour, more for dredging
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil or neutral oil, like canola or grape-seed
4 tablespoons butter (or use a total of 4 tablespoons oil)
1. Gently combine crab, egg, mustard, salt, pepper and 2 tablespoons flour. Cover mixture, and put in freezer for 5 minutes. Shape mixture into 4 hamburger-shaped patties. Line plate with plastic wrap, and put crab cakes on it. Cover crab cakes with more plastic wrap, and refrigerate them for about 30 minutes (or as long as 1 day), or freeze for 15 minutes.
2. Put flour for dredging in a bowl. Combine oil and butter in 12-inch skillet, and turn heat to medium. When butter melts and its foam subsides, gently dredge a crab cake in the flour. Gently tap off excess flour, and add crab cake to pan; repeat with remaining crab cakes, and then turn heat to medium-high.
3. Cook, rotating cakes in pan as necessary to brown the first side, 5 to 8 minutes. Turn, and brown the other side (it will take slightly less time). Serve cakes hot, with lemon wedges.
© The New York Times Company and © Global Wine Company, Inc. The New York Times, where local law allows, has chosen Global Wine Company and its panel of experts to select the wines and operate the clubs on our behalf. In other jurisdictions, premium local retailers have been selected to provide such services. The Wine Club is operated without the participation of the Times wine critics or other members of the newsroom. State laws prohibits the offer of free goods in conjunction with the sale of alcoholic beverages. The cost of all items in an offer is included in the advertised price. All wine sales are made by a licensed retailer in compliance with state laws and the licensed retailer assures all involved that it fully complies with all states laws applicable to it. All credit card payments will be facilitated by Global Wine Company, Inc., located at 1401 Los Gamos Dr. #230, San Rafael, CA 94903. Due to state laws, wine can be purchased only by adults 21 years and older. See shipping policy for states served.