Authentic Maryland-Style Crab Cakes

I am from Maryland.

I know crab cakes.


Authentic Maryland-Style Crab Cakes

Makes 4 large crab cakes

1 pound lump crab meat
¼ cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
½ teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
6 Saltines, crushed
Pinch of freshly chopped parsley
1 tablespoon butter, melted
Pinch sea salt
Cooking spray


Preheat oven to 450 degrees. In a bowl, combine mayonnaise, Dijon, Worcestershire, Old Bay, egg, lemon juice, Saltines, and parsley. Mix until combined. Gently stir in the crab meat. Be careful not to shred or break it up too much (that’s not the Maryland way). Spray a glass dish with cooking spray. Carefully spoon the crab mixture onto the dish, forming four crab cakes. Don’t use your hands and compact them (again, that’s not the Maryland way). Brush each crab cake with melted butter and sprinkle with sea salt. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes, and then broil for an extra few minutes until golden brown. You can, of course, fry them in oil or pan-sear them if you'd prefer. Serve immediately and enjoy!


Anonymous said...

This looks awesome! I've never made crab cakes but that's about to change! Thanks!

Chrissy @ My Fare Foodie said...

Oh good! They are super easy and super delicious!

Liza in Ann Arbor said...

Yum! And they look so easy. Will have to try these soon.

Chloe@EveryCraving said...

These look delicious! So big and fluffy. I love how there is minimal crackers and more crab meat which you don't get at a lot of places. Thanks for the recipe!

Chrissy @ My Fare Foodie said...

Thanks, Liza. They are so easy that I kind of felt like I wasn't really making a fancy dinner. Then I looked at my grocery bill...

Chloe, that is my biggest pet peeve with crab cakes. I rarely order them out at restaurants unless I'm back in MD, of course :)

Anne M. said...

OMG! Me too. I don't order crab cakes at restaurants unless I have seen them in person to see if they are all breading or not. Yours obviously aren't. I'm totally making this recipe!

kale said...

I love crab cakes with a squirt of lemon. These look fantastic!

Terence said...

Very interesting and lovely post about the crab cakes.

Anonymous said...

Hi! I love crab cakes and these look awesome. Can these be frozen? If so, should they be cooked first?

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Unknown said...

Excellent crab cakes!

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