Crab cakes are really delicious to eat – whether you ordinarily love crab or not. If you’ve never tried a crab cake, you’re definitely missing out. Crab cakes can be eaten anytime as a quick snack or as part of a larger dish.
Crab cakes also have their own health benefits that make them a desirable part of your diets. There are different wonderful recipes that people use to make their crab cake; different individual ingredients are put together to make the cake and coated in breading.
Because you do not like to waste your leftovers, or because you love crab cake so much that you’ve made a large batch for storage, you may be wondering: can you freeze crab cakes? Yes, you can freeze crab cakes. Whether your crab cake has been cooked or it is still uncooked, you can still freeze it either way. However, crab cakes are best frozen uncooked.
After successfully freezing both cooked and uncooked crab cakes, I have written this article with relevant details on how to go about freezing your crab cakes for the best results. Although the freezing process is quite easy, it is important for you to know and follow the right steps. If done correctly, freezing can preserve the life of crab cakes for 8 months.
Refrigeration is a short-term preservation option that you can use to keep your leftover crab cakes. Refrigeration will keep the crab cakes safe for up to 5 days. After that timeframe you’ll have to eat the crab cakes or dispose of them.
Freezing Crab Cakes
Now that we’ve established how possible it is to freeze crab cakes, we must discuss the necessary steps that must be followed and important factors that must be considered for the best freezing results. Crab cakes typically contain crab meat and a couple of different ingredients like mayonnaise, seasoning, eggs, bread crumbs, mustard, onions, and a lot more.
Although crab cakes are relatively easy to make, that doesn’t mean you’d want to make a fresh batch from scratch every single time you have a craving. Since it’s possible to freeze it, you can decide to make a large batch of crab cakes – preferably uncooked – and freeze it till a later date.
How to Freeze Crab Cakes
To make things much easier for you, I’ve taken time to explain steps for freezing both raw and cooked crab cakes.
Freezing Raw Crab Cakes
It is preferable to freeze uncooked crab cakes. However, there are a couple of important steps that you shouldn’t skip. These steps include:
- Start by pre-freezing the raw crab cakes. The purpose of pre-freezing is to make sure that the crab cakes do not crumble after being frozen for a while. To pre-freeze, take out a baking sheet and line its base with some waxed paper. Spread out the crab cakes on the lined baking sheet and make sure that they aren’t stacked on top of each other; the cakes need to sit on their own.
- Once the Crab cakes have been neatly spread on the baking sheet, put them in the freezer and leave them there for about 2 hours. While the crab cakes are pre-freezing on the baking sheet, they aren’t to be covered. Because the crab cakes aren’t covered, you must be careful not to leave them in the freezer for too long so that the exposure to cold freezer air doesn’t cause freezer burn.
- When the crab cakes are properly frozen, take them out of the freezer and begin transferring them into a resealable freezer-safe bag. However, before the crab cakes are put into the freezer bag, make sure you wrap each individual crab cake in plastic wrap. You can wrap them in one or two layers for maximum protection. Make sure you seal off the freezer-safe bag tightly to avoid the cakes coming into contact with the cold freezer air.
- Go ahead to write the current date on the freezer-safe bag with a marker.
- Your crab cakes should keep safely for up to 3 months in the freezer and you can always take out whatever portions you want to eat.
Freezing Cooked Crab Cakes
If you’ve already cooked your batch of crab cakes and are left with some leftovers, here are some easy steps to follow when you want to freeze them:
- Start by leaving the crab cakes to cool to room temperature. It is unsafe to freeze foods when they’re still hot. Instead, let the crab cakes sit on the countertop for about 60 minutes before packing them for freezing. However, you must be careful not to leave the crab cakes exposed to room temperature for too long.
- Go ahead to wrap each individual crab cake in plastic wrap. You can wrap the cakes in multiple layers, but be careful not to overwrap them. If you don’t have plastic foil you can use aluminum foil instead. Aluminum foil gives you the advantage of being able to reheat in an oven without removing the wrapping.
- Transfer the individually wrapped crab cakes into a strong resealable freezer-safe bag. Make sure you remove as much air as possible from inside the bags before sealing them tight.
- Go ahead to write the current date on the freezer-safe bag. This written date will help you keep track of how long the crab cakes have been kept frozen for.
- Cooked crab cakes can be safely preserved for up to 3 months in the freezer. Make sure you consume the crab cakes within the three months of freezing if you want the best taste and texture.
How to Reheat Frozen Crab Cakes
Reheating frozen crab cakes is also an easy process. Simply follow these steps when you want to heat up your frozen crab cakes for consumption – note that you should only reheat portions of the crab cake that you can finish at once.
- Use aluminum foil to wrap each individual crab cake you want to reheat
- Preheat the oven to 350⁰F
- Place the crab cakes on a baking sheet in a single spread layer
- Allow the crab cakes heat in the oven for quarter of an hour
- Once they’re well heated, take them out to eat.