5 from 17 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
  • 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
  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.

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Recipe Notes

To freeze: Arrange the crab cakes in a single layer on a parchment lined baking sheet. Freeze until firm. Transfer to an airtight container and store in the freezer for up to 6 months.

To cook, thaw completely and then cook as instructed in the recipe card.

Nutrition Facts
The Very Best Crab Cakes Recipe
Amount Per Serving (6 g)
Calories 234 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 66mg22%
Sodium 835mg36%
Potassium 179mg5%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 0g0%
Sugar 0g0%
Protein 15g30%
Vitamin A 180IU4%
Vitamin C 7.6mg9%
Calcium 45mg5%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.