Crab Cake Mini Meatballs with Tartar Sauce #SundaySupper

Crab Cake Mini Meatballs with Tartar Sauce

Welcome to a Meatballs-themed Sunday Supper!!! So much fun, so many possibilities of what to cook – I debated for a while but decided I wanted to showcase some seafood meatballs.

Crab Cake Mini Meatballs with Tartar Sauce

So this is crab cakes meets meatballs in a delicious little appetizer that will likely remind you of being at the beach. If that sounds perfect to you, then you’re in good company. Bread-y seafood liberally dunked in tangy, creamy tartar sauce always wins in my book!

Crab Cake Mini Meatballs with Tartar Sauce

You may notice I do not call for salt in the meatballs – that is not a typo. Much of the binder is crushed kettle potato chips, and they provide plenty of salt already. As written, this may or may not provide an excess of tartar sauce, depending on your tastes and dipping style. I toss shredded green cabbage in my leftover sauce to make a very fast and quite tasty impromptu coleslaw.

Crab Cake Mini Meatballs with Tartar Sauce

Crab Cake Mini Meatballs with Tartar Sauce

Enjoy! And be sure you check out the meatball offerings of my Sunday Supper crew!

Sources: meatballs from The Meatball Shop Cookbook by Daniel Holzman and Michael Chernow; tartar sauce from 20-40-60 Fresh Food Fast by Emeril Lagasse


1 cup mayonnaise
¼ cup finely chopped cornichons
2 tbs minced shallots
2 tbs minced green onion tops
1 tbs finely chopped capers
1 tbs chopped fresh parsley
2 tsp Creole mustard or other spicy mustard
½ tsp Louisiana style hot sauce
¼ tsp cayenne
¼ tsp dried basil
Small pinch of kosher salt

Olive oil, for coating the baking dish
1 lb. jumbo lump crab meat, picked over for shells
1 ½ cups crushed kettle-cooked potato chips
½ cup mayonnaise
1 large egg
¼ cup fresh bread crumbs
2 tbs Old Bay seasoning
Juice from ½ a lemon

First make the TARTAR SAUCE by whisking all the ingredients together in a bowl. Refrigerate until needed. Ideally, make this about 30 minutes ahead of time so the flavors have a little time to marry together.
To make the MEATBALLS, preheat your oven to 450 F. Drizzle enough olive oil to coat a 9×13” baking dish and use your hand, a paper towel, or a pastry brush to brush the olive oil over the entire surface. Set aside.
Combine the crab meat, potato chips, mayonnaise, egg, bread crumbs, Old Bay, and lemon juice in a large mixing bowl. Mix by hand until thoroughly incorporated.
Roll the mixture into ¾-inch balls, making sure to pack the mixture firmly. Place the balls in the prepared baking dish, lining them up snugly in rows. Roast for 10-12 minutes, until the meatballs are firm and golden on top. Allow the dish to cool at least 5 minutes before serving.

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33 responses to “Crab Cake Mini Meatballs with Tartar Sauce #SundaySupper

  1. Wish I had some of these for today’s brunch!

  2. This sounds like a great recipe – I love the tarter sauce ingredients! Great idea to use the potato chips as a binder also!

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  11. Like crab cakes but better! Love this idea!

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  14. Crab balls! Oh, yeah! These would be perfect by the beach or just about anywhere. And there’s no such thing as too much tartar sauce.

  15. Nice take on a crab cake and turning it into a meatball, looks amazing!!

  16. These are my kind of meatballs! And I’ve always wanted to know how to make tartar sauce, so I can’t wait to check out this recipe!

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  19. Yum! Crab cakes are one of my favorites!

  20. Love crab cakes ergo I love this recipe.

  21. These crab meatballs sound fantastic!!! I’d fill my plate up!

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  24. Oh my gosh! Crab in meatballs! That sounds amazing. I’ll give these a try.

  25. I like the idea of a mini crab cake as an appie!

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