For the crab cakes:
- 1 lb. cooked fresh crabmeat, flaked
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 2 Tbs. mayonnaise
- 1 cup white bread crumbs or panko
- 4 green onions, white portion only, thinly sliced
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
- Cayenne pepper, to taste
- 2 Tbs. unsalted butter
For the hollandaise sauce:
- 4 egg yolks
- 2 Tbs. fresh lemon or lime juice
- 1 Tbs. water
- 1/8 tsp. salt
- Pinch of cayenne pepper
- 2 pinches of freshly ground white pepper
- 16 Tbs. (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
- 6 poached eggs
- 2 Tbs. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
Line a baking sheet with paper towels. In a fry pan over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the crab cakes and fry, turning once, until crisp and golden brown, 5 to 6 minutes per side. Using a slotted spatula, transfer the crab cakes to the prepared baking sheet to drain.
To make the hollandaise sauce, in a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of barely simmering water, combine the egg yolks, lemon juice and water and whisk constantly until the mixture begins to thicken, then continue whisking about 1 minute more. Remove the bowl from over the pan as soon as the mixture thickens. Add the salt, cayenne pepper and white pepper.
Using a stick blender with the aerator attachment, blend the mixture while slowly pouring in the melted butter in a thin stream until incorporated, about 2 minutes. Taste and adjust the seasonings. Cover and keep warm over very low heat until ready to serve.
To serve, place 1 crab cake on each of 6 individual plates and top with 1 poached egg. Pour about 1/4 cup hollandaise sauce over each egg and sprinkle with the parsley. Serve immediately. Serves 6.