Sunday, February 14, 2010

Oh Captain My Captain!

I love Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch, and my favorite boat is the Cornelia Marie.

Captain Phil Harris was my favorite captain, and his death this week saddened me greatly. What I loved the most about him was how good a father he was, and how much hard work he put in to raising his sons and providing for them in addition to teaching them about crab fishing on the bearing strait. The love for his children was evident on each episode, and for that I think he will be remembered for the most.

There are many forums to honor his memory, but the one I joined seemed most appropriate: Eat Crab Legs in Memory of Captain Phil. While I cannot afford crab legs at the moment, I splurged on some great lump crab meat for crab cakes. Sipping some chardonnay, I raise my glass to Captain Phil...a great captain, but an even greater father. The show will never be the same for me, nor will the seas, nor will your sons.

Cornelia Marie Crab Cakes


1/2 pound lump crab meat, picked over
1/2 juice of a lemon
1 small red pepper, seeded and diced
1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon low-fat mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon Dijon-style mustard
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
1 teaspoon hot sauce
3/8 cup of plain bread crumbs

Extra Virgin Olive Oil, for pan frying
Lemon wedges, for serving
Tartar Sauce, for serving


Combine first ten ingredients and form into desired crab cake size. Place on a plate and cover with saran wrap and place in freezer for ten minutes. Heat a nonstick skillet with enough oil to coat the pan. Pan fry (time will depend on the size you make). Serve hot with lemon wedges and tartar sauce.

(For a crab recipe right from Captain Phil, click here.)


  1. I felt the same way about Capt Phil. I was so sad when I heard. Great recipe!

  2. That's really sweet. I've heard a lot about this show, but didn't know much about him until he passed. Sad story.

  3. Isn't that so sad! I always liked him! The crab cakes sound amazing!

  4. I love how this dish is in memory of Captain Phil. Such a sweet tribute. The crab cakes look delicious!

  5. My Mom loved the show too. A great tribute! I love crab cakes - these look delicious!

  6. Wonderful, I love crab cakes.
    HOpe you had a fab Valentines Day.
    *kisses* HH

  7. These delicious crabcakes are a great tribute!

  8. I am a huge fan of the show and Phil was my favorite by far. I find it so sad that he died young, but going by his habits on the show, it was inevitable...poor man. Crab cakes are the perfect tribute. I love this post.

  9. Hi Aimee,
    I also liked watching "deadlist catch" but I did not know about this sad news. I think the crab cake is the perfect way to honor him..

  10. I raise my glass in his honor as well. Cheers to Captain Phil!

  11. well done! what a sweet idea. i think he would have loved your tribute, the crab cakes sound delicious as well :)

  12. I love that show too, but its hard to imagine actually doing that kind of work, I'd be scared to death. Nice tribute, I love crab cakes!

  13. I am not familiar with the show as we don't have TV, but I share your warmth for any man who loves and supports his family. He sounds like a special human being.

    Wonderful food tribute to the man, his profession, and his memory.

  14. we were so sad about captain phil too! My husband watched this show..and we all ended up loving it as well! Even the kids. I can't even imagine the show w/o him. :(

  15. I regret to say that I never watched the show. Perhaps I will catch up with it in reruns.
    I'm sorry one of your favorites has passed away, but you have a fine tribute in his honor with your crabcakes! They sound delicious!

  16. I've only had crab cakes once before - but this looks like a great recipe for them!

  17. Sounds like the perfect tribute - looks delicious!

  18. He was my favorite too! My middle son and I love that show. I will miss him very much!

  19. So Sad to hear about Capt.Phil.
    Crab cakes are my husband's fav.But never tried at home.Im bookmarking it.will try this soon.

  20. I'm not familiar with the show, but your recipe looks great! I love crab cakes, so much that I probably prefer them to actual crab legs...well, probably.

  21. I've never seen the show, but those are wonderful looking crab cakes!