How to Make the Best Authentic Maryland Crabcakes
Maryland's Crabcakes Are The Best!
I hate to admit it, but I am a Southern Maryland girl born and raised. Besides the rich history found in Southern Maryland, many people visit for the seafood. Maryland is famous for its blue crabs, oysters, and all manner of seafood fresh-caught from the Chesapeake Bay. Unfortunately, from pollution and overfishing, our supply of Chesapeake seafood is dwindling. So now is your time to partake before it's nearly gone!
One thing I always do when I visit my Maryland is eat an authentic Maryland Blue Lump Crab Cake. These crabcakes can be found in many restaurants all over Maryland, but I have found that some of the best crabcakes can be found right in St. Mary's County. If you do not live in the area and still long for that perfect Maryland Blue crab cake trying making some for yourself. I will share a few tips on ordering the crab meat from out-of-state and also share a recipe that is a combination of a few recipes that I own.
Where to Order
There are many online stores that sell Maryland crab meat and crabcakes; however, there are only a few that will ship live Maryland blue crabs directly to your house. My suggestions for the best online stores are as follows:
Chesapeake Crab Connection.com: this site sells live maryland blue crabs by the dozen and also by the bushel. They also sell the already picked crab meat. They will ship your purchase overnight and they have many testimonials as to the quality of the crab meat and their customer service. If you must buy Maryland crabs or crab meat online, I say use this online store first.
Also, if you are looking for somewhere with a homier-Chespeake Bay feel, you may want to try Linton Seafood.com. This store offers different sizes Maryland Blue Crabs, as well as female blue crabs...which if you know anything about Blue Crabs, they are sweeter than their male counterparts.
Of course the most preferable way to get your Maryland Blue Crabs is to visit Maryland and pick some up yourself. I advise that if you are in Maryland between the months of June and October, pick up some crabs and pick the meat and freeze it! The sweetness and quality of the meat is unbeatable and you will thank yourself later for saving the meat to make crab cakes for months afterwards.
If you are in the Southern Maryland area, you will want to purchase your own bushel of crabs from Copsey's Seafood Restaurant in Mechanicsville, MD, Captain Leonard's Seafood Market in Mechanicsvcille or Hayden's Seafood located in Charlotte Hall, MD (a town directly to the north and somewhat in between the Mechanicsville area). Ensure that you pick the crab meat as soon as you have made your purchase and freeze it immediately.
Links to Online Stores
- Maryland Steamed Crabs | Jumbo Bluecrabs | Shipped, Buy Online
Buy fresh Maryland seafood online from Lintons Seafood, specializing in overnight seafood delivery including Maryland blue crab and lobster shipped fresh.
- Maryland Blue Crabs Crab Meat Mail Order Blue Crabs bushel blue craw crabs Maryland Chesapeake Bay
Maryland Crabs, Blue Crabs Soft Shell Crabs. Shipped steamed crabs and crab meat by mail
My Favorite Crab Cake Recipe
Well, my crab cake recipe comes from a combination of a couple recipes that my husband and I own and use. My husband actually made crab cakes a few months ago and used a crab cake recipe right off of the Old Bay seasoning's box! With as many years as I have been using Old Bay in my seafood dishes, I never noticed that recipe was even there! Nonetheless, it is a pretty decent crab cake recipe and fully embodies the flavor of a Maryland Blue Crab Cake. The recipe that I used before discovering the Old Bay recipe, is a recipe from the Capital Feasts cookbook...a cookbook that was given to me that used to be my grandfather's while he worked at the White House. Check out my combination of these two fabulous crab cake recipes:
Makes 8 crabcakes. Serve with french fries or kettle chips. Add tartar sauce or a little bit of cocktail sauce, but if you did the recipe right you won't want any condiments to cover up the flavor of the crabcake itself!
Want to have your own Maryland Crab Feast but not sure what you'll need? Check out my hub on Having Your Own Maryland Crab Feast here.
Ingredients for Kitty's Crabcakes
- 4 cups Maryland blue crabmeat, picked and shredded
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp dry mustard
- 1 cup bread crumbs
- 2 tsp Old Bay seasoning
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1/2 cup butter
- 2 tsp parsley
- 2 tbsp mayonnaise
- 1/2 cup flour
Instructions for Kitty's Crabcakes
- Combine the crabmeat, seasonings, mayo and parsley. Shape this crabmeat mixture into 8 round crab cakes. Refrigerate for 2 hours.
- Dip the crabcakes into the flour, then into the beaten egg, then into the bread crumbs. Cover the cakes fully in the bread crumbs.
- Melt the butter in a skillet over the stove, and sauté the cakes over medium-high heat until golden brown.
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