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Crab Cake Recipe

Updated on March 20, 2008

Delicious Crab Cakes

Crab Cake Recipe That Is Easy to Make

Crab and shrimp are probably my favorite types of seafood. And no doubt one of my favorite seafood recipes is a crab cake recipe. I have tried many crab cake recipes over time. This is the best recipe I have come up with so far. It is similar to traditional crab cake recipes. These crab cakes are delicious, but still easy to make.

If you can't find Old Bay seasoning, I simply wouldn't make these Maryland style crab cakes. Seriously, the Old Bay is what makes the crab cake recipe so delicious. I have never found a suitable substitute or been able to figure out the ingredients and proportions to get the same taste as Old Bay seasoning. If it isn't available, save eating crab cakes for when you eat out.

Crab Cake Recipe Ingredients - Makes 9 average size crab cakes

1 pound crab (Dungeness crab is best, but expensive)

1/4 cup mayonnaise

2 eggs

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

2 teaspoons finely chopped green onions (just the green tips)

1 1/2 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning

1 teaspoon dry mustard

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs

Crab Cake Recipe Instructions

Mix together everything except the crab and bread crumbs. Then add the bread crumbs. Add the crab meat last. Mix well.

Shape into crab cakes. Refrigerate for a few hours.

Brown in a pan on the stove on medium heat with a little oil. Cook for about 10 minutes total, flipping after about 5 minutes. Cook until golden brown in color. This crab cake recipe can also be baked in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 10 minutes, then broiling for 2 minutes each side. Spray pan and crab cakes with a cooking oil spray or with olive oil before putting in oven. If you use this method, watch the crab cakes carefully when broiling to avoid burning them.

This crab cake recipe is great sprinkled with lemon juice and served with tartar sauce or honey mustard on the side.

Delicious Crab Cakes

Crab Cake Recipe for Entertaining

This crab cake recipe is not as delicious as my favorite crab cake recipe, I admit. But whenever I want appetizers for a large group that taste expensive and delicious, this is the crab cake recipe that I make. It uses filler and canned crab meat, so it's a much less expensive to make than the previous crab cake recipe.

The cayenne pepper is an optional ingredient for this crab cake recipe. I always use it, but I like spicy foods. Also, Dijon mustard can be substituted for the spicy brown mustard. No one has complained about the crab cakes being too spicy. Simply adjust the amount of cayenne pepper to your tastes, or omit it altogether in your crab cake recipe. Same thing with the seasoned bread crumbs; if you don't like the spices, simply use plain bread crumbs, more finely crushed crackers or cornmeal to coat your crab cake patties. You gotta have the Old Bay seasoning, though. It is a must have ingredient for a delicious crab cake recipe.

Crab Cake Recipe Ingredients for 8 Servings

Oil if frying- olive oil is preferred

2 - 6 ounce cans of crab meat

10 chopped green onions; white onions can be substituted if chopped very fine

2 tablespoons real mayonnaise

1 sleeve crushed "round" crackers, such as Ritz brand

2 eggs

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard

2 teaspoons garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon Old Bay brand seasoning for seafood

3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional

salt and pepper, to taste

1 1/2 cups seasoned bread crumbs

Crab Cake Recipe Instructions

Drain the crab meat. Mix together the crab meat, green onions, mayonnaise, crushed crackers, eggs, Worcestershire sauce, and spices.

Make round patties less than an inch thick. Then coat them with the seasoned bread crumbs. It is recommended to chill the crab cakes in the refrigerator for about an hour before cooking or baking. This will help your crab cake recipe to hold together well.

Fry crab cakes on both sides in oil on medium heat until crab cakes turn a nice golden color. Place on paper towels until extra grease is absorbed.

Alternatively, for a lower-fat crab cake recipe, spray the crab cakes with cooking spray or olive oil. Bake in a 350 degrees Fahrenheit oven for about 25 minutes, til hot and golden.

Crab Cake Recipe Substitutions and Tips

Dungenness crab is preferred for any crab cake recipe, of course, but it is also the most expensive. If your crab cake recipe is for lots of people, substitute cheaper crab meat or mix part Dungenness crab with less expensive crab. You can also used canned crab or imitation crab for your crab cake recipe, but the results will be less impressive.

Be sure to serve any crab cake recipe while crab cakes are still hot. Serve crab cakes with tartar sauce, remoulade sauce, or aioli sauce for dipping. Lemon wedges can also be served on the side; a small squirt of lemon juice gives crab cakes a little extra zip.

Homemade Aioli Sauce Recipe

Aioli Sauce for Your Crab Cake Recipe (Garlic Sauce)

1/2 cup real mayonnaise

2 cloves chopped garlic

juice from 1/2 lemon- about 2 tablespoons

1/2 teaspoon each- salt and pepper, or to taste

Stir up well and chill before serving with your hot crab cake recipe.

Crab Cake Recipe Comments

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    • deblipp profile image


      7 years ago

      Looks so easy! My son is CRAZY about crab cakes.

    • ladyjojo profile image


      7 years ago

      I have never taste a crab cake, sounds exotic though!!!

      What a creation thanks for sharing

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      8 years ago

      disgusting...I was born and raised in Maryland. This is not even close to Maryland style, especially made with Dungeness crab from the west coast which is nothing like the blue swimming crab from Chesapeake Bay. The only thing you got right was the Old Bay...GACK!

    • gss profile image


      10 years ago from Florida

      Excellent hub. Crab is one of my favorite foods as well. Thanks for sharing.

    • Angela Harris profile imageAUTHOR

      Angela Harris 

      10 years ago from Around the USA

      Grill'n guy and diana1000, thanks for the input. Man, Diana, I would love to live there- crab cakes everyday!

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      Diana Harvey 

      10 years ago from Philippines

      Wow this is great another for my cook. Part of my garden is the beach and they pull out prawns and crab on a daily basis so great this recipe for me.

      Thanking you for sharing Diana

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      grill'n guy 

      10 years ago from San Diego

      Nice to run across a crab cake recipe that doesn't have bell pepper in it. I'll add this to my recipe collection. Thx a ton.


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