The Taste of Inspirations box claims that these crab cakes are hand-made with 70% blue swimming crab, bread crumbs, and a savory blend of seasonings. The actual ingredient list says they are made from cooked crab meat, salad dressing (a sort of lemon garlic vinageratte), cracker meal, liquid whole egg, modified cornstarch, sugar, cellulose gum, salt, spices, dry mustard, cayenne pepper, and paprika. Package contains 6-2oz crab cakes and are considered to be hor d'oeuvres.
Cooking instructions are to bake from frozen at 400 degrees F on a lightly oiled sheet (middle rack) for 22-25 minutes, or until lighly golden brown on the outside. No other method is stated, other than not recommended for microwave.
The cakes smell a bit fishy coming out of the oven. Lots of crab lumps in addition to broken pieces within the cake itself. There is a decent amount of moisture with a bready texture. But, the crab tastes like you are eating a mushy fish sandwich. The spicing is on the bland side, which really doesn't do much to help the fishy taste. Blue swimmer crab typically doesn't have any flavor at all, so for these to be a bit pungant is a bit of a surprise (and a bit suspicious). The crab texture is borderline rubbery and almost dry, which goes for both the broken bits and the crab chunks.
Needless to say, the fishy smell and taste makes these a real loser. If you really need crab cakes, go back to the seafood counter and get the freshly made ones. These may have found tastes from inspriation, but they may have been from the wrong sources.
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