I was going through my freezer when I came across the last of the frozen king crab that I had gotten a while ago. It was good because there were still a lot of recipes with crab on my to try list. The recipe that caught my attention was a Maryland crab cake recipe. The crab cake recipe almost sounded like a burger recipe with crab meat, bread crumbs, milk, eggs and seasonings. With the seasonings being mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce and mustard they sounded really good. I used panko bread crumbs they were all that I had on hand. The crab cakes came together pretty easily. I read that the cakes might not hold together too well while frying and that you could chill the crab mixture in the fridge ahead of time and they would hold up better. I was a little hungry and skipped the chilling step and my cakes held together just fine. The Maryland crab cakes were really tasty! They were nice and crispy on the outside and soft and moist and tender on the inside. They were so tasty that they did not need any condiments.
Maryland Crab Cakes
- 1 pound crab meat
- 3/4 cup panko bread crumbs (gluten free for gluten free)
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 egg
- 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon mustard
- 2 green onions (sliced)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 tablespoon butter
- Mix the crab, bread crumbs, milk, egg, mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, green onions, salt and pepper in a bowl.
- Grab a handful of the mixture and form a patty.
- Heat the oil and melt the butter in a pan.
- Fry the patty in the oil and butter until golden brown on both sides, about 2-4 minutes per side.
I love, love, love crab cakes. These look amazing!
Yum! I LOVE crab cakes!
Kevin,I have never tried crab cakes at home,Ur amazing recipes inspires me a lot.
Okay, I must reiterate Melanie and Tina’s comments: I LOVE CRAB CAKES!!!!! I’m making these this weekend!!!!
Susan from Food Blogga says
Mmmmm…cooked just right. Crispy and crunchy on top and creamy on the inside.
Vicarious Foodie says
I happen to live near Baltimore now and can get good crab cakes whenever, but even so I’d rather be able to stay in and have them at home. Yours look great!
Cookie baker Lynn says
I love crab cakes! Leftover crab? What’s that?
Beautiful! I love love love crab cakes! They look SO good!
I love seafood, and especially shellfish, but for some reason crab dishes don’t wow me all that much. I think it’s something about it being stringy and getting stuck in your teeth easily!
That said, I do enjoy a good crab cake and yours looks wonderful!
Very nice. It looks crisp on the outside and juicy on the inside. These crab cakes look fantastic!
Crab cakes are one of my favorite foods, but I don’t like ordering them in restaurants since I always want more! I’d love to try this recipe if I can get my hands on some good crab.
ohhh your crab cakes look so good! Btw, I went to go look at your Ichigo Daifuku post! It looks so much better than mine! You make so much Japanese food! Are you japanese?
Yum, crab cakes are delicious, these look wonderful!
Those look awesome! I wish I had some frozen crab in my freezer…
I grew up w/out fish, and am just learning what I’ve been missing. Beautiful cakes.
Marc @ NoRecipes says
Wow these look great Kevin!
I love crab cakes and I love how you have bits of green onions in them. Very different from others I have tasted. Stunning!
Crab cakes are one of my most favorite dishes!! Thanks for keeping the mayo down in the recipe– I gotta be watchin’ my weight 🙂
Crab cakes are so yummy – yours look really nice. It’s 7.30am and I want one now!
I’m wondering: What are you using for your lighting? It always looks spot on (so to speak).
Laura @ Hungry and Frozen says
They look fab. I’ve always wanted to get hold of Panko, I’ve heard it’s miles better than breadcrumbs…
Peter M says
Nice job Kevin…they aren’t too hard to make…keep it simple and use real crab and the result should be this good!
Your crab cakes look so moist and delicious! I am sure they tasted as good as they looked!
The fun part of crab cakes is the versatility – make them small and on a bed of lettuce they’re an appetizer and make them burger size and they’re a main course. Either way – totally satisfying.
Those look very nice for a meal or appetizer. They look like they have a lot of flavor mmmmm.
Mike of Mike's Table says
This sounds and looks delicious! Crab cakes have been on my to-do list for a while now. Looking at this might be just the kick in the rear I need to go and do it already because now I want some very badly.
Those crab cakes look amazing and look a lot better than the bowl of cereal I am staring at right no. I also love to use panko whenever possible. Adds a nice texture.
4 words: i wanna eat it.
Love Love Love it!
mmmm Kevin, why you didn’t come to lunch with us today??? I will be happy!!!Looks amazing how ever! xGloria
I wanted to make this!!!!!!!! Looks AMAZING.. My cravings are starting up!
JennDZ - The Leftover Queen says
I grew up in MD and therefore on crab cakes. I am VERY picky about them! Yours looks lovely – but every MD crab cake must have Old Bay Seasoning! 🙂 LOL!
Also if you ever get your hands on MD blue crabs, try this recipe again and you will love it even more!
Terry B says
These look wonderful. One quick question, though. The mustard–yellow? Dry? Dijon?
Oh, oil and butter. That is a great frying combo. I will bookmark this for when my diet is over :-p
Nice to see a pic of you on this blog.
Not to be the wet blanket here, but true Maryland crabcakes don’t have green onions in them, EVER.
Well, your photos and recipe look good, but my BF “Big Bear” refuses to eat crab cakes unless they are made from Florida crabs that he catches in the marsh behind our trailer park here in Clearwater.
But at least he’s better than my 2nd ex-husband (who I wrote about on SeriousEats yesterday) who was a SOB and now eats only spam (he HATED my pasta bakes).
Bit I digress. Your post is great.
OMG! Those crab cakes look amazing! We love crab cakes at our house, so I’ll be marking this to try.
umm..crabcakes work for me. Those are fantastic!
I have been so busy today, and haven’t been able to get around to any blogs until now. I just barely posted a crab cake recipe!! Yours sound great – I’ll have to try out this recipe next time!
these crab cakes look amazing!!!! i have never made them in my life, and I am keeping your recipe!
Oh man! I’m dying here. That looks damn good!
Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm) says
How the heck did I miss this one….It looks fantastic..the crunch,mmmm
Well done on your crab cakes- they look incredibly tasty!
Terry B: I used Dijon mustard.
We Are Never Full says
no old bay seasoning? hmmmmmm… makes me a bit suspicious of the recipe w/o that! some people hate the flavor, but i love it! these look thick and delish.
Love crab cakes but for some odd reason I hardly ever have them… weird!
Oh man, I could eat a dozen of those crab cakes! I just love ’em!
Rasa Malaysia says
Oh my, that’s an insanely sinful looking crab cake you have there, so much crab meat and so juicy looking, yummy. I have meant to make crab cakes for a loooong time but haven’t gotten to it. Your post just prompted me to make mine ASAP before I die of drooling looking at yours. 😉
dude…why does all your food look so delicious!? i’ve already bookmarked like 10 of your recipes…awesome site.
I’m from Maryland! You’ve got to get some real blue crab mean instead of king crab and they’ll be even better 🙂
I have made this recipe several times..Wonderful..You really taste the crab and not like alot of recipes with all the fillers.
I am forever bookmarking recipes on your site and love your blog! I had purchased some canned crab at Trader Joe's and was contemplating crab cakes. Decided I would search your blog to see if you had a recipe and you did. Made these tonight and they were wonderful. Thanks for sharing the recipe!
I just printed off the crab cake recipe to try tonight. Didn't want all the blog comments but did not see a print recipe command. Did I miss it. Thanks,
Anonymous: I added the printable version of the recipe.
I love crab cakes! I never seem to make them as good as my mom used to, and forgot about them for a few years. But i just got a bunch of crab meat on sale and am dying for them!
I seem to remember them with chives, but my memory could be failing.
Amazing picture and recipe! *drools*
I made the crab cakes tonight, but had a little problem. I didn't know I was out of Panko breadcrumbs, so I bought some Cornflakes breadcrumbs. My mix was super soft and it kind of got stuck in the pan. Am I looking for a meat to breadcrumb ration similar to making salmon patties?
Napfrocurlzgirl: I have never tried it with cornflakes but that sounds like an interesting idea. Regular bread crumbs would also work. The breadcrumbs along with the egg is what is going to hold everything together and if when you are forming the patties with your hands you feel that the mixture is too soft you can add more bread crumbs to the mixture until you can easily form the patties.