Even here in Alaska, crab is VERY expensive and (unless you have a good connection with a crab fisherman) it is often already frozen when it hits our market (which effects the quality greatly) and makes it even harder to justify those high prices.

That's my wordy way of saying "YES, we eat (and enjoy) Surimi" (fake crab). The following recipe is quick, easy and economical.

1 egg beaten
2 1/2 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard (I use honey Dijon)
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon old bay seasoning
1/4 cup VERY finely chopped celery
2 tablespoons fresh parsley
1 pound crab lump meat (I use Surimi)
1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs 

Line a baking sheet with wax paper. If you are using Surimi, dice it up fairly small, but not shredded. 

In a medium size bowl, beat the first 8 ingredients until very smooth. Stir in the crab (Surimi) and bread crumbs until well mixed.

Using a half cup measure, portion out and shape patties and place them on the waxed paper (makes 6 patties). Cover and chill at least an hour.

The hour wait time is important for flavors to meld AND for the bread crumbs to soften enough so that the patties stay together.

Heat 1/4 cup vegetable oil with a tablespoon of butter and fry the patties until golden brown (3-5 minutes per side). 

These patties also make wonderful sandwiches.