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How To Make The Best Maryland Crab Cakes

Updated on May 5, 2015

My Favorite Maryland Crab Cakes

I have been eating crab cakes for so long that I can't even remember when I didn't eat them. Growing up in Maryland near the Chesapeake Bay meant there was always a steady supply of crab meat for crab cakes. For the locals, crab cakes are a huge treat and a dish that is craved on a regular basis.

Preparing a crab cake is not as easy as it looks and some would say that it is an art. I know plenty of people that have been perfecting the crab cake for many years and continue to do so. 

There are a few important tips to remember when making crab cakes.

1. Use the best quality jumbo lump crab meat you can find. This is not a dish to skimp on.

2 The fewer ingredients, the better. Stick to the basic recipe and let the crab be the main flavor.

3. Be gentle. The best part of a delicious crab cake is the lump crap meat. Take care when folding together.

4. These can be made a day ahead. The flavors will be outstanding!

5. Every oven and broiler can vary by a few degrees. Keep an eye on the crab cakes while they are cooking.

Serving Size

Serves: 6


  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup regular mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup plain bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 1 tbls. Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 lb. fresh jumbo lump crab meat
  • 2 tbls. melted butter
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Old Bay Seasoning, 24-Ounce

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  1. In a large bowl combine all ingredients except crab meat and butter.
  2. Let mixture sit for at least 15 minutes until bread crumbs are saturated.
  3. Meanwhile prepare a large baking sheet with cooking spray.
  4. Preheat oven to broil and oven rack should be one rack up from the middle.
  5. Fold in crab meat, being careful to keep crab lumps intact.
  6. Shape crab mixture into 6 balls, pressing down slightly onto baking sheet.
  7. Brush each crab cake with butter.
  8. Broil for 10-15 minutes or until lightly browned.
  9. Serve with lemon wedges and tartar sauce.

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    • Elsie Hagley profile image

      Elsie Hagley 3 years ago from New Zealand

      This recipe looks very yummy, I love crab meat. Thanks for those tips for getting the best results. Will be making these.

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      Mary Crowther 3 years ago from Havre de Grace

      @paulahite: Thank you!

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      Paula Hite 3 years ago from Virginia

      So yummy! Shared on our G+ page today. Come and check it out!

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      Mary Crowther 3 years ago from Havre de Grace

      @Lorelei Cohen: Lorelei, I love them so much I think I could eat them everyday!

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      Lorelei Cohen 3 years ago from Canada

      I think I live too far inland for I have never had crab cakes.

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 3 years ago from Lakewood New York

      Oh how I love crab cakes, we live in Western NY and it's hard to find good crab cakes. Thanks so much for the recipe and all your tips :)

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Great photograph of a delicious looking dish!

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      MariaMontgomery 3 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      Oh, my, but these look good. I can't wait to try out this recipe.Thanks so much for sharing int.