Best Wine with Crab Cakes

So, you’ve made some delicious crab cakes, but now you’re wondering how to pair them with wine. Well, I can help you with that. I’m going to tell you about the best wine with crab cakes, as well as a few tips for pairing the two. So, let’s get started!

Below are five of my favorite wines that pair perfectly with crab cakes.

Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc is a great wine to pair with crab cakes. The crisp, fruity flavor matches well with the spices in the crab cakes and complements the bold flavors of herbs such as parsley, dill, and chives.

A great example of a Sauvignon Blanc that will work well with your crab cakes is the 2015 Gérard Bertrand Sancerre. Sancerre is a unique appellation in France’s Loire Valley, known for its mineral-driven wines made from Sauvignon Blanc. This wine has hints of lemon peel and citrus, making it perfect for pairing with seafood like your delicious Maryland Blue Crabs or even sushi rolls.

The Sancerre is fresh and crisp, with bright fruit flavors of orange zest. The wine has a nice acidity that will cut through the rich crab cake batter and bring out all of the flavors in this dish.

Pinot Grigio

The creamy, sweet nature of Pinot Grigio is an excellent match for crab cakes. This wine has a delicate aroma of citrus and apple, which will complement the crab cake’s creaminess. It is best to serve your Pinot Grigio slightly chilled. This helps cut through any grease from frying your crab cakes. The wine has a crisp acidity that will cut through the rich crab cake batter and bring out all of the flavors in this dish.

I recommend the 2013 Poliziano Pinot Grigio from Italy. This wine has a delicate aroma of citrus and apple, which will complement the crab cake’s creaminess. It also has a crisp acidity that will cut through the rich batter and bring out all of the flavors in this dish. I recommend pairing this wine with crab cakes for an appetizer or main course meal.


Chardonnay is a white wine that goes well with crab cakes because the creaminess of the crab cakes complements the full-bodied flavor of Chardonnay. It’s a great pairing when you want to enjoy your food, as well as have a drink with it.

You can try an Italian Chardonnay, which is made with grapes from Tuscany and Piedmont. These wines are known for their full body and bright citrus notes, which will bring out the flavors in your crab cakes. A southern French Chardonnay is also a good choice; these wines tend to be drier than those from other regions.

If you’re looking for a great Chardonnay, try the 2015 Domaine Pierre Morey Montrachet. This wine is made from 100% Chardonnay grapes grown on the slopes of Burgundy, France. It has hints of honeydew melon and tropical fruits that will make this wine go down smoothly as you savor the crab cakes.

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is light and fruity and pairs well with seafood. It is also less tannic than many other wines, which makes them a good match for crab cakes. It will help to balance out the rich flavor of your crab cakes. It’s also a great pairing for those who prefer sweeter wines. It’s a good option for pairing with crab cakes because it has hints of black cherry and raspberry, which will complement the rich flavor of the crab meat.


Syrah and Shiraz are both full-bodied wines that can stand up to the rich, buttery flavor of crab cakes. Both grapes are grown in Australia and France. The Australian variety is bolder and more tannic, while the French version is lighter and sweeter. Both varieties are a good choice for pairing with crab cakes because they have notes of blackberry, cherry, and plum.

Syrah/Shiraz also goes well with a wide range of foods—think steak, stewed meat dishes, or even burgers—so it might be worth keeping around as an everyday wine for your home bar or collection.

If you’re shopping for Syrah/Shiraz online or from a store (where you can taste before buying), look for wines with good acidity levels—which will help cut through all that buttery fat in your food. In order to balance out those high levels of tannins (another component of Syrah/Shiraz), opt for ones that have been aged longer than five years; this will give them some time to smooth out some rough edges while still retaining their complex flavors.

How do you pair wine with crab cakes?

If you want to pair your crab cake with wine, think about the ingredients that are in it. Do they taste salty or spicy? If so, try pairing them with a white wine like Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio. If there are onions in the crab cake, focus on its creamy texture and mild flavor.

The key to pairing wine with food is to consider the weight, texture, and flavor of each. Often it’s best to match the weight of a dish with its acidity or sweetness level. If you want something rich and creamy, then try a sweet white wine like Pinot Grigio. If the crab cake has a lot of spice to it, try a dry white wine like Sauvignon Blanc.

When pairing wine with crab cakes, it’s best to find a wine that is light and dry. These characteristics are important. They will allow your palate to pick up the delicate flavor of the crab cake, without overpowering it.

It can be difficult to find a wine that has these characteristics. You can use some basic knowledge about food and wine pairings to help guide you in your decision. The best way to start is by thinking about the kind of flavors are present. Think aboutboth the crab cake and the type of bread used for its binder. For example, rye bread will have different flavors than white bread. Also consider other ingredients present in the dish, such as onions. Keep them in mind as well and work from that point. if you choose a white wine to pair with the crab cake, you might focus on its creamy texture and mild flavor. The creaminess of the crab cake will contrast with a crisp, acidic white wine. Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio would be perfect.

Wine Pairing Example

You have onions in the crab cake. In this case you might want to look for a wine with some fruitiness or sweetness. This will help to balance out the onion flavor and make it less potent. You might want to try a wine that has similar flavors to a Chardonnay or Pinot Grigio. If not, consider pairing it with a Sauvignon Blanc or Riesling instead.

Crab Cake Recipe

Far and away the most highly rated recipe I know of is this one for Baltimore Crab Cakes from Just make sure to add some Old Bay Seasoning and you are good to go.


There are some very good options for pairing your crab cakes with wine. Any of the wines above will work but my personal recommendation is Sauvignon Blanc (2015 Gérard Bertrand Sancerre). It is perfect for seafood dishes like crab cakes. This is a fresh and crisp wine, with a nice acidity that will cut through the rich crab cake batter and bring out all of the flavors in this dish.

If you’re interested in learning more about how to pair wine with food, check out my other blog posts on the Best wine with seafood and much more.