Crab Cakes with Tomatillo California Avocado Salsa

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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 and a cheerful video. 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


  • 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 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


  • Stir together first 8 ingredients in large bowl and season with 1 tsp of salt and 1 tsp of pepper.
  • Add in crab meat and carefully combine with your hands, making sure not to break up the lump pieces of crab.
  • Form into bite sized cakes with your hands.
  • 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.
  • 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.


  1. 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!

  2. 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? 🙂

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

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

  5. 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!)

  6. 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:)

  7. 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!!!!

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

  10. 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!

  11. 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.

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

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

  14. 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!

  15. 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 🙂

  16. 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…

  17. 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!

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

  19. 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!

  20. 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.

  21. 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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