This classic Old Bay Crab Cake recipe is a traditional favorite made with jumbo lump crab meat and Old Bay seasoning. 

These crab cakes are perfect for a beach vacation, as a comfort dish on a cold night or an impressive appetizer when hosting guests. The lump meat is mixed with just the right amount of breading and the perfect blend of seasonings to provide a traditional Maryland-style crab cake flavor.

How should I serve my crab cakes?

  • on a sandwich roll with a spicy chipotle mayonnaise, cocktail sauce or spicy mustard
  • on a bed of greens with a squeeze of lemon and Garlicky Avocado Aioli
  • on a Caesar salad
  • with roasted veggies or potatoes

Why do I need to refrigerate them before cooking?

Chilling them before cooking keeps them from breaking apart when you flip them.

Are these freezer-friendly?

Yep! You can follow the prep instructions, wrap and freeze your cakes or you can cook them, let them cool completely and freeze them in an airtight container.

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Maryland Style Crab Cakes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Passive Time 1 hour
Servings
people
Ingredients
Dry Ingredients:
Wet Ingredients:
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Passive Time 1 hour
Servings
people
Ingredients
Dry Ingredients:
Wet Ingredients:
Instructions
Prep:
  1. Mix all wet ingredients together.
  2. Crumble whole grain brown rice cakes in a bowl or baggie.
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  3. Put crab meat in a large bowl. Add all dry ingredients and gently mix together (try not to break lumps of crab meat apart). Pour wet ingredient mixture over crab mixture and gentle blend together.
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  4. Shape crab mixture into four balls; should be sticky. If you're making this as an appetizer, form into small balls. Refrigerate (covered) for at least an hour.
Bake:
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Using a medium to large pan (preferably stainless steel), add enough EVOO to lightly coat bottom. Once pan is hot, add crab cakes. Brown each side (approximately 2 minutes per side).
  3. Place patties on a parchment paper lined pan or baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and serve.
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