Homemade Real & Authentic Maryland Crab Cake Recipe

maryland crab cakes

I had to travel over 1,000 miles to get this Maryland crab cake recipe. Here is the story of how the recipe cam about. Or you can skip down to the recipe.

Have you ever eaten real authentic Maryland crab cakes? If not that's okay because most people have not. I used to be one of those people up until a few years ago when my job took me to Maryland. I wasn't really excited about traveling to Maryland for my job assignment. However a coworker quickly convinced me that I would have the time of my life if I tried out some of the local cuisine. So me being the ultimate connoisseur of food, I changed my mindset and I became enthusiastic about traveling to Maryland.

I live in San Diego California at the time so I had to travel from the West Coast to the East. I took a late flight out of San Diego and arrived on the East Coast way too late to eat dinner. So I checked myself into the hotel and got a good night sleep before heading to work the next day. After work I took my friends advice and headed to a local restaurant that he recommended and had the time of my life. 

For the first time I tried real and authentic Maryland crab cakes that were prepared broiled in the oven. This is not the imitation crab meat. The crab cakes were so good that I begged our waitress to ask the chef if he would give me the recipe. The restaurant chef was very accommodating and he scribbled down his Maryland Crab Cake Recipe on a piece of paper and handed it over to me. Over the years I have tweaked and adjusted the baked crab cake recipe to taste just as good as what I tasted in the restaurant that day. Of course you know when preparing restaurant foods at home, taste wise, you can get pretty close but what you cook at home will never taste exactly the same.

Maryland Crab Cake Recipe

Recipe Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped green pepper
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1-1/2 cups soft bread crumbs (or crushed saltine crackers)
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon  ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 pound lump crab meat

Recipe Instructions:

  1. Set oven to boil and allow to preheat while you prepare crab cakes. Oven rake should be placed in top position closest to broiler.
  2. Melt butter in frying pan over low heat. Add in finely chopped celery, onion, and green pepper. Cook and stir chopped vegetables over low heat until they are tender. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together beaten egg and mayonnaise, blending well. Next add in vegetables, bread crumbs, all seasonings and Worcestershire sauce. Stir all ingredients thoroughly until well blended.
  4. Gently stir in crab meat a little at a time so not to entirely break up the lump meat. Form crab mixture until desired size crab cakes, place on lightly greased baking sheet and then broil in oven for 10 to 15 minutes until golden brown. Allow the Maryland crab cakes to cool for a minute or two before serving

Preparation Time = 10 minutes
Cooking Time = 15 minutes

This recipe provided courtesy of https://www.soulfoodandsoutherncooking.com/