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Pink rectangle plate with five crab cakes on it and drizzled with sauce - square

Maryland Crab Cakes

This easy and delightful crab cake recipe is so delicious, you will want to make it often.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Seafood
Keyword Maryland crab cakes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Servings 5 Crab Cakes
Calories 142kcal


  • 8 ounces crab meat drained, shells removed and patted dry
  • ¼ cup diced red bell pepper
  • 2 teaspoons tarragon
  • 1 cup Panko bread crumbs divided in half
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ teaspoon Old Bay seasoning scant
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise heaping
  • ¼ teaspoon dried mustard heaping
  • 1 teaspoon prepared horseradish optional
  • olive oil to fry crab cakes
  • dipping sauce


  • Drain crabmeat, pick out shells and pat dry with paper towels
  • Add crabmeat, bell pepper, tarragon, ½ cup Panko bread crumbs, egg, salt, pepper, mayo, dried mustard, old bay seasoning and optional horseradish to a medium mixing bowl and mix with a rubber spatula
  • Make as many cakes as you like. I made 5 good sized cakes
  • Add ½ cup Panko bread crumbs to a shallow dish and place each cake in and coat the sides until all the cakes are covered
  • Heat heavy sauté pan and add oil to cover the bottom
  • Place as many crab cakes as you can in the sauté pan and cook 4 minutes each side or until they are evenly browned
  • Remove cakes and place on a decorative platter. Drizzle a sauce over the cakes and serve with some tartar sauce or/and cocktail sauce.
  • Plate
  • Eat
  • Enjoy


Helpful tips
  • Use fresh or canned crab. I used canned because it's easier
  • If you do use canned, make sure to drain the crab fully and pick out any shells
  • Use a paper towel to pat down the crab so there isn't excess water
  • Use a big enough sauté pan so you can fit all the crab cakes in there at once
  • When cooking them, press down gently with your spatula on the crab cakes to make sure they brown evenly


Serving: 1crab cake | Calories: 142kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 753mg | Potassium: 168mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 350IU | Vitamin C: 13.8mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 1.3mg