As you may already know, I was born and raised in Spain, and adopted the USA as my new home a few years ago. And just a few short months ago, I became a US Citizen as well! So now I have a dual citizenship, I am both Spanish and American. Hurray!
I love different cultures. Today’s dish definitely shows it, as it’s a blend of my old culture and my new one. Crab Croquetas. Crab from the Chesapeake and the Croquetas from Spain. I am so lucky to live near the Chesapeake Bay (specifically Maryland.) Crab season is on here! Woohoo!
Croquetas are one of the most popular and typical tapas in Spain, I have different recipes for croquetas: chicken, ham and cheese, cod, squid, and today, crab! You definitely won’t find these in Spain. These are my take on Crab Cakes, which are one of the most popular and typical (and delicious) things to eat in the Chesapeake region.
Old Bay is a blend of herbs and spices and its originally from Baltimore, Maryland
To make these delicious croquetas you can use the leftover crab meat from picking crabs (as I have done) or buy the crab meat from your local market. The fresher, the better.
Ingredients (makes 20 to 25 croquetas):
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 2 cups Maryland blue crabmeat (or your local crab) (12 oz)
- 1 ½ cups warm milk (I used whole milk)
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 to 3 tablespoons flour
- 2 teaspoons Old Bay spice
- 2 eggs
- 1 ½ cups bread crumbs
- 3 cups neutral (vegetable or canola) oil
- Cook the onion on medium heat with a drizzle of olive oil until it gets browned. Add a pinch of salt and transfer to a plate.
- In the same pan, melt the butter and 2 tablespoons of flour, whisk until fully combined. Add the warm milk and the Old Bay, whisk until fully combined and it gets thicker.
- Add the onion and the crabmeat and fold in the white sauce. If it looks too liquidy, add the extra tablespoon of flour.
- Transfer the mixture to a plate. Once at room temperature, wrap in plastic wrap, and put it in the fridge for at least 1 hour. *Important* The mixture has to be cold before you start shaping it into croquetas.
- After the dough has rested, whisk the eggs in one bowl and pour the breadcrumbs onto another large plate.
- Shape the mixture into small croquettes with a small spoon.
- Dip them first into the egg mixture, then roll them in the breadcrumbs.
- Time to fry them! It is super fast. It takes about 3 minutes total for each batch of croquetas. Be sure to turn them to evenly cook each side.
- Remove the croquetas and let them rest on a paper towel to cool and remove excess oil. Season with salt/pepper or sprinkle on more Old Bay!
Don’t forget to tag me on Instagram if you make them! Thanks!