The Very Best Crab Cakes Recipe

Chock full of jumbo lump crabmeat, the Very Best Crab Cakes Recipe is light on fillers for the most perfect tender bite you’ll ever take. Simple to prepare, these crab cakes are perfect for easy weeknight dinners or elegant dinner parties. 

Light on fillers, the very best Crab Cakes Recipe is loaded with tender jumbo lump and other simple, fresh ingredients for an easy and quick dinner Maryland style! | TheSuburbanSoapbox.com

 

Happy New Year, friends!  I can’t believe 2016 is behind us already, it just blew by like a flash and now we all have a fresh new start.  At least that’s how I look at it. I’m not a big one for resolutions but I always do have a few goals I like to achieve at the beginning of the year.

One of them is to try and live more in the moment. Try to live each day more mindfully instead of always looking ahead.

It’s kind of hard right now because I have a giant, muddy, concrete hole in my backyard which will, someday, be a pool….and I would really like that to be finished so I don’t have to keep putting boots on my dog every time he goes out. So, there’s that.

But other than the pool…..in the moment I will live. I will live with the Best Crab Cake recipe in the world.

 Light on fillers, the very best Crab Cakes Recipe is loaded with tender jumbo lump and other simple, fresh ingredients for an easy and quick dinner Maryland style! | TheSuburbanSoapbox.com

And with the new year (and crab cakes) comes healthier eating…for the most part.  I did go on quite the sugar binge last week while trying to finish off the rest of the cookies, cake and truffles.  I didn’t succeed…I ended up becoming quite disgusted with myself and threw everything in the trash.

Now I have “discarded cake regret” because I’m currently craving cake. Part of me is relieved…and part of me hates my smart, hasty self.

But, I did get my fill at brunch this morning so I should just move on with my life…living in the moment with the fresh strawberries and leftover Crab Cakes I have in the fridge. Which isn’t so bad because this is the Very Best Crab Cakes Recipe you will ever find outside of Maryland.

Light on fillers, the very best Crab Cakes Recipe is loaded with tender jumbo lump and other simple, fresh ingredients for an easy and quick dinner Maryland style! | TheSuburbanSoapbox.com

I’m a very picky crab cake eater so I tend to shy away from them at restaurants.  A lot of places tend to keep their costs down by plumping up their crab cakes with tons of fillers…mainly breadcrumbs. Lots and lots of breadcrumbs.

Then they dredge them in MORE breadcrumbs before frying them….and basically what you’re left with is a mealy crab dip, deep fried and coated in crusty crumbs.  I’m more of a purist when it comes to my crab cakes.

I like them loaded with jumbo lump crab meat, a little mayo, a little mustard, a teensy bit of breadcrumbs, parsley and some seasoning.  Keep it simple and you will have the very Best Maryland Crab Cake recipe in your life.

Light on fillers, the very best Crab Cakes Recipe is loaded with tender jumbo lump and other simple, fresh ingredients for an easy and quick dinner Maryland style! | TheSuburbanSoapbox.com

This Crab Cake Recipe is great for weeknight dinners because they come together in less than 30 minutes. But they also make a great first course for entertaining or make little mini crab cakes for a passable appetizer.

They’re a great addition to a buffet with this simple Shrimp Cocktail and these super amazing Tuna Sundaes (don’t let the name sway you…they’re spectacular.) Or just serve them the way they do in Baltimore with a bit of homemade tartar sauce, some amazing slaw and crisp french fries.

I bet you never knew how versatile and easy a crab cake can be, am I right? And this is the World’s Best Crab Cake Recipe…..for reals.  And if you’re looking for something a little more along the lines of a dip….may I tempt you with this super easy, extra cheesy Hot Crab Dip?

Light on fillers, the very best Crab Cakes Recipe is loaded with tender jumbo lump and other simple, fresh ingredients for an easy and quick dinner Maryland style! | TheSuburbanSoapbox.com

5 from 2 votes
The Very Best Crab Cakes Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Chill time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

Maryland style Crab Cakes made without any fillers! The BEST crab cake recipe you'll ever make.

Course: Seafood
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crab cake
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 234 kcal
Author: Kellie
Ingredients
  • 1 pound jumbo lump crab meat picked over for shells
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce I use Tabasco
  • 1 large egg lightly beaten
  • 1/8 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl, carefully pick over the crab and remove any shells.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together the mayonnaise, dijon, worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, egg, pepper and parsley.
  3. Add the mayonnaise mixture to the crab and, carefully, fold together being careful not to break up the crab meat too much. Gently fold in the breadcrumbs.
  4. Form 1/3 cup of the crab mixture into 8 patties and transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment. Chill for 15-20 minutes.
  5. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  6. Add the crab cakes and cook over medium heat until golden, approximately 3-4 minutes. Turn the crab cakes over with a spatula. Cook until golden brown, crispy and cooked through, approximately 3 minutes.
  7. Transfer to a serving platter and serve immediately with tartar sauce and lemon wedges, if desired.
Nutrition Facts
The Very Best Crab Cakes Recipe
Amount Per Serving (6 g)
Calories 234 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 26%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 66mg 22%
Sodium 835mg 35%
Potassium 179mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 0g
Protein 15g 30%
Vitamin A 3.6%
Vitamin C 9.2%
Calcium 4.5%
Iron 5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

35 comments on “The Very Best Crab Cakes Recipe”

  1. Didn’t see where in the recipe to add parsley.

  2. Could I use imitation crab meat instead?

  3. Was looking for low calorie option. Impressed with your recipe. Please tell me 2700 calories is a misprint.

  4. Made these with my daughter last night, who loves crab cakes, and is very picky. We all loved them! Even the 7 year old loved them. I’ll have to double the recipe next time. Thanks for an easy and delicious recipe!

  5. I didn’t have parsley (I know, who doesn’t have parsley) so I chopped up some cilantro instead and the crab cakes turned out just fine. I halved the recipe, because I only had 8 ounces of crab meat, but kept the 1/4 cup of panko bread crumbs and didn’t find it too bready. I like to put in a pinch of Old Bay seasoning because that’s the recipe I grew up with.

  6. If you wanted to freeze these when would you do it? Before or after their cooked?

    • I’d freeze before they’re cooked and then either thaw, then cook according to directions OR cook from frozen by baking on a baking sheet at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes or until cooked through.

  7. 6 minutes total… right?

  8. Going to try this recipe this weekend, due to the fact that I have a very expensive 4 year old that loves fish, shrimp, lobster, and sushi. So I am excited to try it.

  9. so in the nutrition facts, is ‘per serving’ equal to ‘1 crab cake’?

  10. I can’t seem to see the recipient for the very best crab cakes. Could you please send it to me? 
    Thanks in advance. 

    Kerry 

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  11. Yup, this is exactly how I like my crab cakes, too! I love how thick and fabulous these look!!!

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  12. I am always up for crab cakes!

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  13. What an awesome idea!

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  14. Those are the most perfect looking crab cakes I have ever seen!

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  15. Nothing I love more than large chunks of crab in my crab cakes… the more the better. It always annoys me when there is more filler than crab!

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  16. Looks sooo yummy.  Gotta try making these.

  17. Dynamite! These were very good. I actually followed the recipe and made three big-ass-crab-cake sammies. The flavor was excellent. When you’re spending a crap ton of money on expensive jumbo lump crab, you want the crab flavor to come through, and, with this recipe, it did just that. This was a $30 adventure, and, even so, it was worth the money. With that said, they’re super easy to put together. I probably only did about 15 minutes of prep work. The only thing I did differently was to saute’ the veggies first. I don’t like them mushy, but I don’t like them uber crispy, either.

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    • I am soooo glad you loved them and came back to comment. This is, by far, one of my favorite recipes. I like your suggestion to saute the veggies…..definitely a good move and I’m sure it added tons of flavor. Thank you!

  18. I made these last night and they turned out excellent. Very moist and little breading. Very good recipe. 
    I noticed a comment about sautéing the vegetables? What vegetables? Thanks 

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  19. So good and so easy to make!  Just the right amount of heat!  Hubs is already asking when I’ll make it again 🙂

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