A base of small crabmeat with larger pieces folded in saves money invisibly. For a splurge, use all backfin and lump.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Heat broiler, with rack 4 inches from heat. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil; set aside. Keeping each pound of crabmeat separate, turn out onto paper towels; pick through to remove any shells or cartilage.

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  • In a large bowl, stir together mayonnaise, parsley, lemon juice, egg, mustard, Old Bay, 1 teaspoon coarse salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

  • Add crumbs and small-size crabmeat to mayonnaise mixture; stir well to combine. Gently fold in large-size crabmeat to mayonnaise mixture just until combined. Dividing evenly, form mixture into 8 cakes. To make ahead, see Cook's Notes.

  • Place cakes on prepared baking sheet; drizzle with melted butter. Broil until golden brown and warmed throughout, 12 to 15 minutes (move to lower shelf if tops brown too quickly). Serve with tarter sauce and lemon wedges.

Reviews (21)

232 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 48
  • 4 star values: 78
  • 3 star values: 68
  • 2 star values: 27
  • 1 star values: 11
Rating: 5 stars
01/13/2019
This recipe is delicious! No modifications needed. It is a crowd pleaser.
Rating: Unrated
06/17/2010
Loved this recipe. I made them ahead, froze them and brought them to OCNJ for an awesome quick meal after the beach. Perfect!
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08/21/2009
substiituted Panko breadcrumbs for the saltines, added one tbsp of Horseradish and 1/4 cup chopped onion and celery to the mix. They came out fantastic!!
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Rating: Unrated
08/06/2008
I split the recipe (you half an egg by beating it and using 2 tbpns of the egg) and made 4 generous cakes big enough for an entree. I brushed the butter on the cakes and flipped them near the end to have both sides crunchy. Trader Joe's 1lb. crab meat in a can for $11.99 was what I used. It worked fine for both the small-size and lump meat. It was a true hit!
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08/06/2008
"This is one of the best things you've made," was spoken from my husband as he tried the third bite. Now... that' s a compliment since I've spent the summer exploring new recipes and foods each week. Definitely easy. Do try it!
Rating: Unrated
08/06/2008
Thank you so much for this info tchridy71, I appreciate your attention to my question. I certainly will get some through this source.
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Rating: Unrated
08/04/2008
This recipe is a typical of what you get in a Baltimore restaurant. They are traditionally fried in oil/butter but most people today like them broiled (healthier) as directed here. The internal temp should reach 165 degrees. I spray the cakes with a buttery flavored oil spray before I broil or bake (450 deg) instead of the glob of melted butter. One may replace saltines with Ritz crackers (my pref.) or 4 crumbled bread slices. Also try replacing half of the mayo with Worcestershire sauce.
Rating: Unrated
08/04/2008
This recipe is a typical of what you get in a Baltimore restaurant. They are traditionally fried in oil/butter but most people today like them broiled (healthier) as directed here. The internal temp should reach 165 degrees. I spray the cakes with a buttery flavored oil spray before I broil or bake (450 deg) instead of the glob of melted butter. One may replace saltines with Ritz crackers (my pref.) or 4 crumbled bread slices. Also try replacing half of the mayo with Worcestershire sauce.
Rating: Unrated
08/04/2008
You can buy Old Bay Seasoning through amazon.com. Just put Old Bay Seasoning in the search. A can only costs $5.50 plus shipping. There really is no replacement or substitute for Old Bay! Hope this helps! =^..^=
Rating: Unrated
08/04/2008
I live in Canada and have never been able to find "old bay seasoning" but have found a "Seafood seasoning". Would this be a good replacement for the bay one? I am from the east coast and love all shellfish.
Rating: Unrated
07/07/2008
These crabcakes are the best!!!! The Old Bay Seasoning is what makes these great. If you are having trouble finding this spice, ask your grocer to get it from the McCormick rep. Also you can go online to www.oldbay.com and I'm sure there is a way to get it from the website. I use dungeness crab since I live on the west coast and it works just as well. You will not be dissappointed with this easy recipe.
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05/30/2008
I LOVE Maryland crab cakes!!
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05/28/2008
My husband who is from MD taught me about crab and Old Bay. I had never heard of a crab cake. Now they are one of my Favorite FOODS. One thing we use is our own bread crums instead of the crackers. Now our small town grocery store carries Old Bay and every now and then gets the good Phillips crab meat. The best kind to buy at a store!!!!
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05/27/2008
I'm from Maryland, and Old Bay is a definite "must have" in our kitchen! It is made by McCormick http://www.mccormick.com/productdetail.cfm?ID=6216 - Like most things, it is available for purchase online. Also great on oven fries!
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05/27/2008
I'm from Maryland, and Old Bay is a definite "must have" in our kitchen! It is made by McCormick http://www.mccormick.com/productdetail.cfm?ID=6216 - Like most things, it is available for purchase online. Also great on oven fries!
Rating: Unrated
05/24/2008
I have not looked for it but it's a common seasoning I have seen used on pretty much any recipe using seafood from Maryland etc. I was shocked to see nigella use it on here express show and thought it must be available all over the place is she can get it in England. Maybe not.
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05/24/2008
I have looked for "Old Bay" here in Canada,but have never found it anywhere in Ontario or Alberta. I live in Ottawa.
Rating: Unrated
05/23/2008
It is a seafood seasoning. It says Old Bay on the label. Used in crab/shrimp boils. Comes in a jar usually or a tin. Sold in the spice sections of the store usually on the shelf with other premixed seasonings like Spike, Emeril's, etc.
Rating: Unrated
05/23/2008
What is OLD BAY seasoning.I am not familiar with it thank you
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05/08/2008
This is requested at least once a month at home. I do not order crab cakes out any longer, as none are as good as these. Best with Martha's macaroni
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11/05/2007
Made these 10/30/2007, loved them -- definitely want to use about twice as many crackers next time, also want to just fold crab meat in so that crackers are just on outside and crunchier.