Maryland crabcakes are a beloved delicacy that can be prepared in a variety of ways. Here is a basic recipe for making traditional Maryland crabcakes.
- 1 lb. lump crab meat
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp. Old Bay seasoning
- 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
- 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
- 1 tbsp. parsley, chopped
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Oil for frying
- Pick through the crabmeat to remove any shells or cartilage.
- In a large bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, egg, Old Bay seasoning, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, breadcrumbs, parsley, salt and pepper.
- Gently fold in the crabmeat until well combined.
- Form the mixture into 4-6 patties, depending on the desired size.
- Heat a few tablespoons of oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
- Once the oil is hot, gently add the crab cakes to the skillet and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side, until golden brown.
- Remove the crab cakes from the skillet and drain on a paper towel-lined plate.
- Serve with lemon wedges and your favourite dipping sauce.
- You can also bake the crab cakes in the oven by preheating the oven to 375 F, place the crab cakes on a baking sheet and bake them for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
Maryland crabcakes are best enjoyed with a cold beer and some Old Bay seasoning on the side. If you want to add some extra flavor, you can also try adding diced onion, bell pepper, or celery to the mixture before forming the patties. You can also adjust the amount of Old Bay seasoning to your preference. Remember, the key to great crabcakes is to use high-quality, fresh crabmeat and handle it gently to avoid breaking it up too much. Happy cooking!