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Craving a Taste of Maryland? Try This Authentic Crab Cake Recipe!

Calling all seafood lovers! If you're craving a taste of Maryland, we have just the recipe to transport your taste buds straight to the Chesapeake Bay. Brace yourself for the ultimate crab cake experience – crispy on the outside, tender and flavorful on the inside. Get ready to tantalize your senses with this authentic Maryland crab cake recipe that will have you feeling like you've been whisked away to a bustling seafood shack by the waterfront. So grab your apron and prepare for culinary bliss as we dive into this mouthwatering adventure together!

Crab cakes are a Maryland specialty, and if you're looking for an authentic crab cake recipe, this is it! This recipe uses Old Bay seasoning, which is a must for any Maryland crab cake. The crab cakes are baked then near the end brushed with melted butter which gives them a crispy exterior. You can also broil the crab cakes instead of baking them.

History of Maryland Crab Cakes

Maryland is renowned for its crab cakes, and for good reason! These delicious little patties of crab meat are a Maryland tradition dating back to the 1800s.

Crab cakes were originally created as a way to use up all the leftover crab meat from canning operations. Canneries were (and still are) a major part of the Maryland seafood industry, and crab meat was often left over after the canning process. To prevent this valuable resource from going to waste, enterprising cooks came up with the idea of shaping the leftover crab meat into small cakes and frying them up.

Over time, crab cakes became a beloved Maryland dish, enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. Today, there are countless variations on the classic recipe, but all contain one essential ingredient: fresh Maryland blue crabs!


1 large eggs

3 tablespoon jar mayonnaise, such as Hellman's; you can subtract or add mayo to your liking. I like mine a little more creamy

2 ounces dry mustard

2 ounces spicey mustard

2 ounces old bay seasoning

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

2 tablespoon parsley

1 pound jumbo or colossal lump crabmeat

1 club cracker finely broken

4 tablespoon butter melted


Combine the eggs, mayonnaise, dry mustard, mustard, seafood seasoning and Worcestershire in a large bowl and whisk together. Add the breadcrumbs and mix to make a creamy consistency. Place the crabmeat in a separate large bowl. Very gently fold the wet mixture into the crabmeat, being careful not to break up any of the big lumps, until the mixture just holds together.

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

  2. Form the crab mixture into 8-ounce cakes. Lay on the prepared baking sheets, sprinkle with a little melted butter and cook until golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes.

Pairing Ideas

When it comes to crab cakes, there are endless possibilities for delicious pairings.

Here are a few of our favorite ideas:

-Serve with a tangy tartar sauce and crispy fried potatoes for a classic seafood feast.

-Pair with a zesty citrus salad and roasted vegetables for a light and healthy meal.

-For a heartier dish, serve crab cakes over a bed of sautéed greens and topped with creamy hollandaise sauce.

No matter what you pair them with, these authentic Maryland crab cakes are sure to please!

There's nothing quite like a traditional Maryland-style crab cake. It has the perfect combination of sweet and savory flavors, with just the right amount of crunchy texture. The best part is that it only takes a few minutes to make and you can enjoy these delicious treats any time you want! Whether you're looking for an easy weeknight meal or an impressive dish to serve at your next dinner party, this authentic crab cake recipe will definitely hit the spot!

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