Maryland Crab Cakes


Maryland Crab Cakes

Maryland Crab Cakes
30 Min
20 Min

You don't have to travel to Maryland to get a taste of their authentic crab cakes. Our recipe will have you in and out of your kitchen in no time and leave your gang full and satisfied.

What You'll Need

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 pound lump crab meat
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided

What to Do

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, egg, mustard, hot sauce, garlic, salt, and pepper. Stir in bread crumbs and crab meat until just combined. Form into 10 crab cakes and place on wax paper-lined platter. Refrigerate 30 minutes.
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil. Saute crab cakes 4 to 6 minutes per side, or until golden brown. Remove to a platter and cover with foil to keep warm. Repeat with remaining crab cakes.


Enjoy with our rich and tasty Mustard Sauce!

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Sorry this is not Maryland Crab cake, omit the garlic and add old bay (that is the secret to the Maryland crab cake). Canola oil vice olive oil. Nowadays many of us Marylanders' broil the cake instead of frying,

Thank you dorish1927 5993139 I forgot to mention the Old Bay!

You left out an important ingredient, OLD BAY. This is a must for True Maryland Style Crab Cakes.

Ditch the hot sauce, the mustard, olive oil and the garlic and add 1 medium sweet onion, chopped and sauteed in butter...then you will have Maryland Crab Cakes

These crab cakes are good, but if you want real Maryland crab cakes, just look on the can of Old Bay seasoning and you will get the real thing. I am Maryland born and raised and this is how we prepared them however, as with most cooks, you will find many Marylanders who have their own recipes for "real Maryland crab cakes." I won't argue with them, but I do find the Old Bay recipe the best. I now live in North Carolina and find it difficult to find a crab cake that I am used to, so I definitely make my own. -Doris

I don't live in an area where fresh lump crab meat is available. I used can crab, Panko breadcrumbs, 1/4 C chopped red bell pepper and 2 teaspoons of Old Bay Seasoning along with the recipe published here - DELISH!! I also used the same recipe for stuffed mushroom caps - adding a bit of freshly grated parmesan cheese. ooooh so good! Baked in the oven @ 375 for about 20 minutes or until golden brown!

We use Old Bay seasoning, about 2 teaspoons, in our Maryland Crab cakes! Never used hot sauce. Maybe I'm giving away the Maryland secret, ;-)

Mr. Food, what type of bread crumbs did you use? I stock Japanese Planko, but I do have regular bread crumbs as well.

Can these crab cakes be baked instead of fried?

You can certainly try baking them. However, we have not prepared them this way in the Test Kitchen, so we can not guarantee how they will do in the oven. Thank you!

Wow!That really looks good. It doesn't seem difficult to make. Thanks. Does it matter what type of crab you use? IE- Fresh crabmeat or conned?

We used fresh lump crab meat. If you prefer, you can use the canned. However, since we have not tried it with canned in the Test Kitchen, we can not guarantee the results. Thank you and enjoy!


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