Maryland Crab Cakes – My Recipe!

Last updated on April 23, 2011 by Liza Hawkins

So, I’ve gotten some flack for not actually posting the recipe for my Maryland crab cakes that we love so much.

I wasn’t trying to be a tease, really! Yes I was.

In the interest of being helpful, and not annoying you out of returning to (a)Musing Foodie, today I’m posting my Maryland crab cake recipe! This is not my grandmother’s recipe – we’ll leave that to the secrets depths of her recipe box – but it’s a wonderfully simple and delicious recipe nonetheless.

Like I said in the original post, there’s not much to it really. (And that’s the point.)

Maryland Crab Cakes


1 pound jumbo lump crab meat (gently pick through to be sure there aren’t any shells)
1 egg, beaten
2 tablespoons real mayonnaise
2 green onions, finely diced
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon finely ground pepper

8 Saltine crackers, finely crushed
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons butter

In a large bowl, gently fold together the crab meat, egg, mayonnaise, onions, salt, pepper, and cracker crumbs – taking care not to break up the crab meat too much, because lumps are good here!
Shape and pat the crab mixture into 6-8 cakes, about 3/4″ thick. Set them on a plate, and refrigerate for a half-hour (or as long as overnight).
Place a large skillet over medium/high heat and add the olive oil and butter. Once the butter has completely melted and become slightly foamy, add the crab cakes. Cook for 4 minutes, gently flip, and continue to cook for an additional 4 minutes, or until they are golden brown. Remove to a paper towel-covered plate to drain any excess oil for a few minutes before serving.
Serve warm with tartar and cocktail sauces for garnish!

Hi, I'm Liza — a self-proclaimed word-nerd who loves getting lost in whimsical stories and epic movies. I have laid-back, practical attitude towards life and am always on the hunt for good eats, easy recipes, binge-worthy shows, relaxing road trip destinations, the perfect fizzy gin cocktail, and time to finish my novel!

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