If you’re looking for a quick appetizer that’s sure to impress, look no further. These cranberry crab cakes are cooked on an Alder plank to infuse delicious smoky flavor. The best part: They can be made on the grill or in the oven.

Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 12 Crab Cakes


  • 2 Wildwood Grilling 5x11″ Alder Planks
  • ¼ cup Bell Pepper, seeded & diced
  • ⅓ cup Onion, diced
  • 1 tsp. fresh Garlic, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. unsalted Butter
  • ½ lb. Crab Meat, cooked & drained
  • ½ cup fresh Cranberries, washed & diced
  • 2 tsp. Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Tbsp. Oil
  • ⅔ cup Bread Crumbs

Chef's Tip

Use an ice cream
scoop to measure
the crab cakes evenly.


  1. Soak the Alder planks in warm water for 15 minutes.
  2. In a small pan, melt butter, and sauté pepper, onion and garlic until tender, then cool.
  3. Mix sautéed vegetables with crab meat, cranberries, old bay, egg, oil, and bread crumbs. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Form into 12 even balls.
  5. Broil on Alder planks until brown, six crab cakes per plank, then flip and broil on the other side – usually about 10 minutes total.
  6. Keep a spray bottle of water handy for flare-ups.
  7. Serve warm with tartar sauce, dip, or lemon wedges.

Need more oven planking inspiration? Check out this delicious Alder Planked Sea Bass Recipe – cooked completely in the oven!

No grill necessary.