Crab Cakes with Tomatillo California Avocado Salsa

Happy Monday!! I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend! We’re starting things off here at What’s Gaby Cooking with a bang this week! A incredible recipe for Crab Cakes with a Tomatillo Avocado Salsa, a cheerful video, some pictures and of course a California Avocado Giveaway! (Can you hear the excitement in my voice – an avocado giveaway!!!! Get excited guys – this one is awesome!) So let’s get started. Crab Cakes are easily one of my favorite little indulgences. Pair them with some kind of salsa involving Avocados and you’ve got a winning combination.

For these crab cakes we are going to use lump crab meat. After a recent trip to New Orleans, I finally feel confident in my de-shelling and crab cleaning skills – but if you want to pick up some lump crab meat from your local market, go right ahead. It certainly makes life easier. I’m always super careful when mixing the ingredients together because I don’t want to break up the big juicy pieces of crab. So treat your crab delicately so that when it’s time to take your first bite, you’ll get lots of big pieces of crab in every bite.

The tomatillo avocado salsa that pairs with these crab cakes is literally my favorite condiment of all times. It takes almost no time at all to make, just throw everything in a food processor and away you go. You can add different amounts of heat depending on what you prefer but this salsa is always a winner for me. Tomatillos can sometimes be a little tart so the addition of honey and the California Avocado really smooth out the flavor and make this salsa totally obsession worthy! And, maybe if you’re really lucky, there will be leftover salsa and you can smother it on some nachos, grilled chicken or steak or perhaps in a breakfast burrito.

Here’s how to make them.. and make sure your volume is turned up!

and the recipe…

Crab Cakes with Tomatillo California Avocado Salsa + a Giveaway

Yield: serves 4-6

Crab Cakes with Tomatillo California Avocado Salsa + a Giveaway


  • 1/3 cup green onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup mayo
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh chives
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tbsp finely grated lemon peel
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup panko
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp pepper
  • 1 pound lump crabmeat
  • 6 tbsp butter
  • 1 California Avocado
  • zest and juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • 1/4 cup white onion, diced
  • 4 medium Tomatillos, halved and roasted


  1. Stir together first 8 ingredients in large bowl and season with 1 tsp of salt and 1 tsp of pepper.
  2. Add in crab meat and carefully combine with your hands, making sure not to break up the lump pieces of crab.
  3. Form into bite sized cakes with your hands.
  4. Saute in a saute pan with butter, over medium high heat, for 2 minutes on each side until golden brown. Set aside until ready to serve.
  5. Combine the avocado, lime juice, lime zest, honey, cilantro, onion and roasted tomatillos in a food processor. Blend until fully incorporated. Serve with crab cakes.

and for an exciting little giveaway – the California Avocado Commission and I are giving away one of these amazing avocado stuffed gift bags which include:

A Bundle of California Avocados (seriously the best stuff on earth!)
California Avocado cutting board
Hand Grown in California Apron
Avocado slicer
California Avocado magnets
California Avocado canvas bag

And all you’ve got to do to enter is leave a little comment here letting me know what you would do with all your avocados if you won! Guacamole? Salsa? Salads? Shout it out and let us know! For an extra entry, head on over to the What’s Gaby Cooking facebook page and become a fan and leave your dream avocado dish there too!

*Contest sponsored by the California Avocado Commission*

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  1. I would make lots and lots of guacemole and slice some up to add to sandwhiches! I just recently started eating more avacadoes. Where have you been all my life!

  2. Oh my goodness, what *wouldn’t* I do!? First off, I’d make guac, as at least one meal a week in my home is guac-based. I’d eat some of it with tortilla chips, and then I’d grill up some fish and top that with some of the leftover guacamole. I’d make a batch of those avocado fries I’ve heard so much about, and then I’d slice up whatever is left of the avocados and use them on some nice, spicy tostadas… I feel like I’m explaining what I’d do if I won the lottery… It’s wonderful. :)

  3. AWESOME video! I just want to keep watching it, so I can see how easy it is to do this.
    Keep them coming!

  4. I love avocados! I’d either make a big batch of guacamole or else use some for one of my favorite sandwiches: sliced avocado, tomato, and basil with cream cheese, salt, and pepper on thick sliced bread. Sounds like an odd combination, but it is really the most perfect summer sandwich!

  5. What would I do with this amazing giveaway?!! I would make my Avocado Scones, shakes, guac & salads. LOVE this!! or should I say #obsessed.

  6. I love the combination of tomatillos and avocados! I’m adding these to my to-try list for a summer party.

    As I’ve learned more about nutrition to support my crazy running ways I’ve come to really appreciate the health benefits of avocados and eat them regularly. I’ve been wanting to test a chipotle guacamole but I’m also thinking a crab-stuffed avocado would be a lovely summer treat.

  7. Oooooo yum! I would make my roommates famous bagel bake with sundried tomato cream cheese, avocados, & cheese all melted on an everything bagel… *drool*

  8. We love all of the above uses for avocado’s. My husband’s favorite sandwich is avocado with a little onion salt on whole grain bread. My poor mother-in law made avocado soup once for a family meal when all her grown son’s were there….they gave her a terrible time but they ate it and loved it.

  9. I’d mix it up: been wanting to try a new recipe for spinach/orange/avocado/red onion salad; guac, of course; and add slices to crabcakes and sandwiches. Yum!

  10. Guacamole of course, but I’d save a couple to use for smoothies and for this recipe – love Latin inspired crab cake recipes!

  11. My husband and I would make avocado pico de gallo. It never lasts long at our house because we put it on everything from eggs to burgers!

  12. wow, with all those avocados….maybe avocado ice cream. I had it when I was a kid and have wanted to make it ever since!

  13. We eat avocado every day here…but my summer favorite is a salad of manila mango, avocado, Persian cucumber with mint-lime vinaigrette (you have a similar recipe on your site with arugula). For breakfast, a guacamole – scrambled egg burrito can’t be beat no matter what the season. My kids, however, would prefer an avocado pie.

  14. I’d eat them plain and with a spoon. Or in guac with some blue corn chips. Or on a burger. I might even try an avocado ice cream. SOOO many options!

  15. I’d make an entire meal featuring avocados. A shrimp cocktail with an avocado salsa as a starter. These crabcakes and salsa as the entree. And I’d make my own recipe for avocado sorbet for desert.

  16. Mmmm avocados. I might just slice them up and eat them with a little salt on ‘em…. Most likely I’d spread a soft one on thick toast for breakfast every morning.

  17. After eating guacamole to my heart’s content, and maybe some sardine, avocado, lemon toast for my husband, I would probably branch out and try some recipes where avocado isn’t the main star like the one above! Avocado in salads and with seafood sounds amazing.

  18. Yum!! I would definitely make some guacamole, but I’ve also been wanting to make your israeli couscous taco salad. Or maybe I’ll add some avacados to my sandwiches too!

  19. If I won this avocado giveaway, I would start by spreading half of an avocado on a slice of whole grain toast. Next I would make up some chipotle guacamole, which I would keep all to myself and eat with a spoon :) Then, I would whip up some dark chocolate brownies for my man, using the avocado in place of oil. Oh geeze, I have officially made myself so hungry!

  20. This recipe sounds lovely and I would really like to try the avocados with it … however, avocado with lemon and salt is pretty wonderful!

  21. I looooove some Avocado dip! Just Avo, salt, pepper, and lime juice! Maybe some sour cream for creaminess. Thanks for the giveaway!

  22. This recipe sounds fantastic, Gaby. Love the tang of the tomatillos with the avocado.

    As for all of those avocados, there would have to be some serious Mexican cooking on the agenda.

  23. I would make guacamole as well as add the avocado to a big bowl of fresh tomatoes & corn straight off the cob! YUM!

  24. Definitely guacamole! Then if there was any leftover they’d be going on top salads and in breakfast burritos!

  25. Honestly, avocados are so delicious you can just eat them by themselves! But of course, with all of those avocados, I’d have to make some delicious guacamole!

  26. I made your Tomatillo Avocado Salsa tonight for dinner and it is SO good! If I won more avocado’s I would make it again right away! Hahahaha. I didn’t make the crab cakes but instead served the salsa with homemade burritos. Also….the tomatillos were straight from my garden! Thanks!

  27. Crab cakes are my new obsession! I love them. If I won, I would make the avocados to make a lot of guacamole, and use them in my tacos…yum!

  28. I’m doing the avocado dance right now. If I won that glorious, glorious basket, I would first and foremost make copious amounts of guacamole, and probably eat it for every meal. I’d keep some of ‘em whole and add avocado slices to my turkey sandwiches to jazz up sad office lunches. And any leftovers would be a great topping for my salads! Oh, avocado, how I love thee.

  29. I would have an avocado feast!! I’d definitely make lots of guacamole for taco night and I’d also use some to make an avocado smoothie!

  30. I would absolutely make sandwiches, salads and use it on my toast instead of butter. Another thing I might use it to make my hair shiny!

  31. I would make an intense amount of guac, dice some up on a balsamic marinated chicken salad, slice some up for a grilled panini sandwich and try homemade avocado ice cream:)

  32. Anything my Chubby Hubby wants! They are his favorite food ever…..except when he is eating corn.

  33. I can pretty much add avocados to anything. There are always 1 or 2 in the fridge. For a spur of the moment choice, I’ll add them to a BLT with some ripe summer tomatoes.

  34. Guacamole would be #1 on the list to make, but truth to tell I just plain like eating avocado with a spoon right from the shell. In addition, my four grandchildren ages 5 to 12 have been avocado eaters from the time they first ate solids and sharing with them would be a great joy for me. As for the crabcake recipe, I am making that for dinner this evening – it looks and sounds simply marvellous – thanks a lot.

  35. I would use them on sandwiches instead of mayo with my fav being veggie turkey burgers on a bun spread with the avocado, cheese and some fresh salad type veggies, yum.

  36. I am avocado obsessed right now! I love avocado on everything – salads, tacos, quesadillas, BLAT sandwiches, YUM!

  37. Guacamole, salsa, salads, with my morning eggs. I love Avocado’s! I could really use that slicer too! Thanks for the chance to win!

  38. I would make my husband very happy! Lol! A grilled chicken salad with loads of avacado slices.

  39. We seriously aim to find a way to incorporate avocado into every meal… fish tacos? serve with avocado. Turkey burgers? top with avocado. Quinoa? mix in avocado. Eggs & Toast? add guacomole. Salmon? avocado-mango salsa. YUM!!!

  40. We love avocados so they would be gone in a flash. Guacamole may be our favorite thing to do with them, but I love sliced avocados on BLT’s or sliced chicken sandwiches.

  41. LOVE avocados! Having one today on my new favorite sandwich which is your basic BLT on toasted sourdough bread with sliced avocado added. YUM! Thank you for all the great recipes!

  42. I’d definitely make some guacamole, but I also love putting avocados on my burgers as well as eating them plain with some salt

  43. I would make avocado eggrolls, chocolate-avocado cupcakes, salmon-avocado eggs benedict, chicken tortilla soup, and crab-avocado-roasted corn-sweet pepper-black bean and cilantro salad. mmmm.

  44. i would SO make the best batch of guac ever, which i would use in tacos, on tostadas, and plain on chips. in fact, i’m pretty sure it wouldn’t last a day in my house. :-)

  45. I’m Italian and I live in California, for me the best recipes is Bruschetta with Guacamole and fresh vegetables. Toasted bread with guacamole, cubed feta cheese and diced vegetables like, red onion, tomatoes, red peppers and a drizzled of extra virgin olive oil.This lovely dish is best served with a chilled Prosecco.

  46. First, an avocado/cucumber facial …. then guac …. then guac with sardines on rye crackers … then avocado slices over scrambled eggs with lox …. then avocado/banana smoothie …. then go to the store for more avocados after I rinse my face. Repeat.

  47. If I won the avocados giveaway, I would make lots and lots of guacamole dip. I LOVE it! I would have it on my sandwiches and in salads. It would become a daily intake in our house. I even make the avocado ice cream recipe I seen!

  48. Since I moved back to California, I’ve been on a avocado kick. I’ve been thinking of a creamy gazpacho that is largely based on avocados. And just this week I’m planning to make a charred corn and avocado salad/salsa for tacos. Also, avocado shakes, just like I used to get at Cafe Brazil in Santa Cruz. Oh, and my favorite afternoon snack is an avocado smeared on a rye crisp. Mmm. Avos.

  49. I adore avocados and I eat them any and every way, but one of my most favorite ways is to use them in sandwiches (especially in BLTs)! They add so much flavor and creamy texture that it’s hard to imagine eating a sandwich without them!

  50. Avocados are at the top of my top ten food list. I love them straight up with little bit of salt and pepper, and of course, I love guacamole. What a great gift!

  51. LOVE the video. So cute! You prove just how easy it is to make something delicious and easy! Yipeeeee!

    So can I win that awesome avocado pack now? Please? :)

  52. Oh, and if I won I would make the best little avocado/grapefruit vinaigrette for an avocado and butter lettuce salad. Totes amaz.

  53. I love avocado! It’s a staple for breakfast and lunch sandwiches. Your avocado salsa looks AMAZING.. so I would make that!

  54. I would grill up some carne asada and make a chirmol out of tomatoes, onions, lime juice and chunks of fresh avocadoes to top the meat with-so yummy! (and we actually had this Saturday night poolside at a friends house, it was delish!)

  55. I would roll around in Avocados if I won! J/k! Guacamole for sure…I’m in love and it’s part of my daily diet:)

  56. Eat them, wear them, love them, fry them, grill them, cream them, slice them, scoop them, recipe them, drink them and eat them!!!!!!!! My favorite!!!!

  57. I use avocados for all manner of things, salad, guacamole, just to eat by themselves with a splash of lime juice, and i love to add them to sandwiches.

  58. I’d definitely make some guac, but I’d also eat a perfectly ripe avocado with a spoon – and some soy sauce in the hollow left by the pit!

  59. Avocados are pretty much a staple in our household. I would use them for guacamole, as a spread in sandwiches, lots of luscious BLT’s and as a topper in sandwiches, an let me not forget my favorite way, an avocado half plain with a sprinkling of sea salt. Thanks for this awesome giveaway!

  60. I would use them to make guacamole and then use them on sandwiches. I love a melted turkey or ham sandwich with melted cheese and sliced avocado on it – yummy! By the way, I am new to your blog.

  61. Toasted whole wheat bread served with mashed & salted ripe avocado and feta cheese sprinkled on the top!

  62. Avocados on everything please! Love guacamole and love them in sandwiches too. Thanks for the chance.

  63. I would put avocados on everything! Sandwiches, chicken, chips, etc. But then I would also make some avocado cucumber soup which I recently found a recipe for… so yummy!

  64. These avocados would be put to goooood use on top of a Cali-style vegetarian turkey burger, or maybe in a taco salad! I’d probably also use one to make an ultra-hydrating face mask. Nothing is better than a ripe avocado for the face :)

  65. I would make breakfast bagels with tomato, cream cheese, avocado (of course!) and bacon : ) And I would make a delicious salsa of corn, avocado, red onion, lime, and tomato. yummm summer…

  66. I love avocado! Considering how much I adore them on their own, it’s tough to imagine doing anything with them other than eating them straight. Lately, I have been cutting off the top and then scooping the flesh out with a spoon. It’s so delicious.

    And that salsa looks so good. Great color!

  67. I would make a guacomole spread for chicken or turkey sandwiches. Or just chop up the avacodo to add to omelets. Yum!

  68. I made these last night and they were absolutely delicious. Thanks for the recipe. I used fresh picked Maine crab which is light in flavor and perfect with all the other ingredients. The tomatillo and avocado sauce was just incredible!! I used the rest on a turkey sandwich for lunch! However, I would recommend adding some sort of binding agent to the crab cakes… maybe an egg next time. It was very difficult to keep my crabs cakes together!

  69. The first avocado I’m going to split and get a spoon and eat the whole thing right there cause I love them just plain, no salt, no nothing. Then, I’ll probably have another one. And then I’d tell Hubbison what was in the box he couldn’t see. And then……..We’d have my signature guacomole dip with garlic, lemon juice, Tobasco, and chopped green scallions with homemade tortilla chips. And I’d invite our friends over and we’d feast on chicken enchilladas with green sauce made from avacodos and chicken broth and sour cream. And then, I’d hoard them for us if there were any left.

  70. Mache salad with avocado, grapefruit and lime dressing – YUM!!! I would also make a gazillion of these mini crabcakes with the avo salsa- will be a staple in my house from now on ;-) Thanks for sharing it!

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