Show of hands – who loves brunch? Pretty much everyone, right? Of course, since kids, a leisurely brunch is no later than 9 a.m. but still…who can resist it? We dine out for our fair share of brunches, and probably your fair share too, but we could stand to make it more often at home. Recipes like this one certainly make the case for it. A totally incredible meal AND I got to stay in my PJs and drink bubbles? Done and done. Seeing all that this meal involves – crab cakes, avocado, spicy (fake) hollandaise, and poached eggs – it shouldn’t take much to convince you of its awesome-ness. But, should you need convincing, let me tell you that I made this one weekend with my darling Josie and it was so fabulous, I made it again the very next week.

I suppose the one drawback of this sort of recipe for meshing with that chillax brunch vibe is getting the timing of the crab cakes and the poached eggs to work out just right. But hey, that’s what mimosas are for! Also I highly recommend cooking with a friend. The combination of excellent company plus the benefits of someone helping in the kitchen dampens any anxieties over recipe timing. This may seem fancy but I promise, it’s simpler than you think. You can do it, and you’ll be SO glad you did.


For the crab cakes: 

  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tbsp. mayonnaise
  • 1½ tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp. sriracha
  • 1 tsp. worcestershire sauce
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • ½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp. minced chives
  • 12 oz. lump crabmeat, picked over for shell pieces
  • 1/3 cup fine fresh bread crumbs
  • 3 tbsp. canola oil

For the sauce: 

  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp. sriracha
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • ¼ tsp. kosher salt

For the eggs: 

  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp. white vinegar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups baby argula
  • 1 small avocado, sliced
  • Fresh ground black pepper


  • 01

    To make the crab cakes, combine the egg, mayo, mustard, sriracha, worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper and chives in a medium bowl. Whisk until well combined. Add the crabmeat and breadcrumbs to the bowl fold the mixture together gently to avoid breaking up the crab. Form the mixture into four equal cakes, place on a plate, cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.

  • 02

    To make the sauce, combine the mayo, sriracha, garlic and salt. Whisk together until well blended. Set aside until ready to use.

  • 03

    To cook the crab cakes, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. When the oil is shimmering, gently lay the crab cakes in the oil and fry until golden brown on the bottom side, about 4 minutes. Carefully flip and fry 4 minutes more, or until both sides are nicely browned and the cakes are warmed through. Transfer to a plate and cover with foil to keep warm if needed.

  • 04

    To make the poached eggs, fill a deep sauté pan with a lid (I use this pan) with 2-3 inches of water. Stir in 1 teaspoon of kosher salt and 1 tablespoon of vinegar. Bring the water to a boil. While the water is heating, crack eggs into coffee or tea cups (2 eggs each in a cup). When the water has just reached a boil, gently lower the lip of the cup into the water so the eggs tip slowly into the pan. Repeat with the second cup. Remove the pan from the heat, cover, and let stand for exactly 4 minutes. Remove the eggs from the water with a skimmer or slotted spoon to a paper towel-lined plate to absorb excess moisture.

  • 05

    Divide the arugula between serving plates. Add the sliced avocado. Top each with a crab cake, a poached egg, and a generous dollop of sauce. Season with freshly ground pepper and serve immediately.


  • Angela

    Yes please.

  • Adrienne Brady

    yum yum yum!!!!!!!!!

  • Samantha E.

    I wonder if there’s a way to bake the crab cakes to take some of the timing issues out? Might not be as delicious, but I’m not good enough at eggs to manage them and crab cakes on the stove at the same time!

    I don’t mean to imply this needs an adjustment though. Looks amazing!

  • Annie

    Pan frying them is definitely best for optimum texture and taste, but I certainly think using the oven as a warmer at about 200 degrees would be a way to ease the timing strain hear. Cook the crab cakes first, keep them warm in the oven, and then make the poached eggs. It should work well.

  • Jennifer Hamilton

    I am from Maryland so crabs/crabcakes is one of our food groups! This spin on the typical crab cake looks awesome! Can’t wait to try.

  • Thanks for sharing this recipe, Annie! I actually have the Cravings book but haven’t cooked out of it yet. This adaptation looks delicious, though!

  • Oh my goodness! This looks amazing. I am definitely buying crab this week.

  • Ann Grismore

    Amazing! Eggs Benedict is my most favorite brunch dish and this variation looks like perfection. I am a huge fan of brunch! My husband and I have Sunday Brunch Dates each week (when the NFL isn’t playing) instead of going out for dinner. Brunch is the best! We served crab cakes as part of our wedding reception meal and I’m looking forward to trying this recipe for our next brunch at home. :)

  • I’ll make Crab Cake Benny on the regular when I’ve got crab for DAYS in the summer. But sriracha in the Hollandaise? Sold. Definitely going to be trying this soon!

  • Caroline {TheBarbeeHousewife}

    I love crab cakes, I have never thought to have them Benedict style! Looks delicious!

  • Stephanie Long Thompson

    I’m very excited to try this method for poached eggs.