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Maryland Crab Cakes

  • Author: Audrey
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 6 large crab cakes 1x


Embark, on a journey with these Maryland Crab Cakes, a recipe that captures the essence of the Atlantic coast. Each cake is a combination of textures and flavors showcasing the succulent lump crab meat as the star ingredient. Enhanced with the Old Bay seasoning and a refreshing touch of lemon they strike a balance between spice and freshness. The addition of cracker crumbs brings in a crunch while subtle hints of Dijon mustard and Worcestershire sauce introduce complexity, to the taste experience.



1 large egg

1/4 c (60 grams) mayonnaise

1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley (or 2 tsp dried)

2 tsp Dijon mustard

2 tsp Worcestershire sauce

1 tsp Old Bay seasoning (up to 1 and 1/2 tsp for a spicier kick)

1 tsp fresh lemon juice, plus more for serving

1/8 tsp salt

1 lb (454 grams) fresh lump crab meat

2/3 c (41 grams) saltine cracker crumbs (about 1718 2-inch crackers)

Optional: 2 tbsp (30 grams) melted salted or unsalted butter


In a large bowl mix together the egg, mayonnaise, parsley, Dijon mustard Worcestershire sauce, Old Bay seasoning, lemon juice and salt.

Gently place the crab meat and cracker crumbs on top of the mixture. Carefully fold them in without breaking up the crab meat.

Cover the bowl. Put it in the refrigerator, for at least 30 minutes or up to 1 day.

Set your oven to 450°F (232°C). Grease a baking sheet with butter or nonstick spray or use a silicone baking mat.

Divide the crab mixture into 6 portions on the prepared baking sheet using a 1/2 cup measure. Avoid flattening them; ensure they are well-formed to prevent them from falling apart.

For an added burst of flavor brush melted butter over each crab cake’s surface.

Place in the oven. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes until lightly golden around the edges and, on top.

Squeeze lemon juice over them before serving while still warm.


For those who follow a gluten-free lifestyle you won’t have to miss out on the delicious taste of Maryland Crab Cakes. You can easily make this classic recipe gluten-free by swapping out the saltine cracker crumbs with your gluten-free breadcrumbs or a suitable gluten-free cracker alternative. This straightforward substitution assures that you still get that delightful crunch and texture while keeping the flavor of the dish. Just remember to ensure that all other ingredients, such, as Worcestershire sauce and mustard are also gluten-free for a friendly meal. With this adjustment these crab cakes become a delight allowing everyone, at the table to enjoy and appreciate Maryland’s heritage together.

  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes