Crab Cake Quesadillas with Cilantro Lime Slaw

Dinner could not come together easier than with this crab cake quesadilla. Take your traditional fish taco and make it a quesadilla with crab cake instead of cod or tilapia and use the untraditional brie cheese and you will impress anyone that takes a bite.

This is apart of a three part series with my easy crab cake recipe. I also made Crab Cake Sliders and Crab Cake Dip. You can see those recipes here.

In fact, I made these for my dad while in Florida with him and he said at first they sounded a “little too millennial for him”. After trying one, he ended up eating on them for 3 days saying they were the “best things he has ever eaten in his life.”

Dad said these Crab Cake Quesadillas were the “best things he has ever eaten in his life.

I don’t know if I particularly believe him or not, but they are pretty delicious and the cilantro lime slaw it PERFECT for the quesadilla.

I decided to use a creamy spreadable brie from Alouette that made it a lot creamier than using the wedge of brie and coupled that with Pepper Jack to give it some heat. (because my guests love the heat… me, not so much)

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Crab Cake Quesadillas with Cilantro Lime Slaw

  • Author: Abby
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 810 quesadillas 1x




  • 14 ounce bag of tri-color slaw mix 
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, minced
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 3 green onions
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar

Crab Cake: 

  • 1 pound lump crabmeat
  • 3 green onions finely sliced
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 1 cup crushed Ritz Crackers
  • 1/4 cup mayo
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce


  • 8 ounces Brie Cheese, sliced
  • 4 ounces Jack Cheese, Shredded
  • 6 Tortillas


For the Slaw: Mix everything together but the slaw mix. Drizzle the dressing over the slaw mix. Taste and add salt and pepper and more lime juice, if needed. 

Make Crab Cakes.

  • To make the crab cakes combine the crab, green onions, garlic, lemon juice, ritz crackers, mayo, egg, cilantro, salt Worcestershire Sauce and Old Bay seasoning in a bowl and stir until thoroughly combined. 
  • Heat a skillet on medium heat and add olive oil. 
  • While it’s heating, form the crab mixture into small patties – for the quesadilla the thinner the better. 
  • Place them in the skillet and cook until lightly golden brown, about 3-4 minutes on each side.

Make the Quesadilla:

  • Sprinkle the jack cheese on the tortilla and top with the sliced Brie cheese. 
  • Followed by the crab cakes and the slaw.
  • Top with a little jack cheese and the top tortilla. 
  • Move the quesadilla to a greased skillet over medium heat and press until crisp. 
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes

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I’m Abby, and I’m all about setting the table every day and making a simple dinner with easy recipes to enjoy with friends. The inspiration you’ll find here are simple and meant to encourage you to declutter your table and invite friends over! I spend my days working as a marketer for a retail company and dreaming of dinner time. I really hope that through A Table Top Affair you will find a newfound love for your kitchen and that relationships would be formed around your table.

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