A Chesapeake Bay staple, these Maryland Crab Cakes are going to make you feel like you’ve been transported to the shore. Made from fresh lump crabmeat, scallions, and Old Bay, they are flavorful and so easy to prepare. Paired with its savory and tangy flavored sauce (optional), it’s a match made in heaven!
The recipe was created by Tawnie Graham of Kroll’s Korner. Make sure to check out her blog post for more tips on choosing the best crab, how to best shape and cook these Maryland Crab Cakes and more!
Here are some tips from Tawnie on the ingredients:
- Jumbo Lump crabmeat: Be sure you are sourcing jumbo lump crab meat. It’s worth the splurge!
- Scallions: Only the white parts are used.
- Red bell pepper: Including bell pepper is perhaps controversial, but I love it in these crab cakes!
- Parsley: Use fresh parsley if you can
- Fresh tarragon: Or, you can sub with fresh dill. It’s important to highlight the crab and not overpower it with too many herbs and seasonings so I recommend 1-2 herbs is plenty.
- Cracker crumbs: I’ve found using Saltine crackers is best. Pulse them in your food processor until you get crumbs.
- Egg: Helps act as a binder for the crab cake
- Seafood seasoning: We love Old Bay Seasoning!
- Dijon mustard
This recipe makes about 10, 3 oz. crab cakes, which is perfect for a main meal. If you want a great appetizer, you can always shape them smaller into mini crab cakes for a delicious finger food!
For the Special Sauce:
- 3/4 cup mayonnaise
- 3 Tbsp. sour cream
- 1/4 cup dill pickle relish
- 1 Tbsp. fresh chives, minced
- 3/4 tsp. Old Bay Seasoning
- 1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard
- 1/2 tsp. sugar
Mix all ingredients thoroughly in a bowl and chill until ready to serve.