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Crab Cakes Recipe

Easy crab cake recipe with real crab meat, eggs, bread crumbs and old bay seasonings. These crab cakes are similar to the best from Baltimore, Maryland. Serve with crab cake sauce for restaurant quality.

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword Crab Cakes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 183 kcal


  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley leaves
  • 1 lb cooked lump crab meat or dungeness crab meat, drained of any liquid (with 1/2 shredded and 1/2 lump meat)
  • 1/4-1/2 cup fine dry bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika powder
  • 1 teaspoon old bay seasoning
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Heat skillet with 1 tablespoon of butter, stir-fry chopped onion under medium-low heat until tender. Remove and transfer into a bowl. Stir in the parsley leaves, crab meat, bread crumbs and flour.

  2. In a small bowl whisk together mayonnaise, egg, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, paprika and Old Bay seasoning, salt and pepper to taste. Stir the crab mixture until combined well.

  3. Line a baking sheet with wax paper. Make crab cakes into 12 flattened rounds. Chill the crab cakes, covered with plastic wrap for at least 1 hour.

  4. In a heavy skillet, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons butter over moderate heat and cook the crab cakes until golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Serve crab cakes warm.

Nutrition Facts
Crab Cakes Recipe
Amount Per Serving (6 people)
Calories 183 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 76mg25%
Sodium 721mg31%
Potassium 190mg5%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Protein 15g30%
Vitamin A 395IU8%
Vitamin C 7.6mg9%
Calcium 54mg5%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.