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Maryland Crab Cakes
“The secret to delectable crab cakes is to use the freshest, highest quality crab that you can find and add just the bare minimum amount of bread crumbs and seasonings to bind the crab together into a lightly fried cake. A generous amount of Old Bay is included to give it the signature Maryland flavor.” Kevin
1 pound high-quality jumbo lump crab
¼ cup homemade mayonnaise (or store-bought)
4 green onions, finely minced
2 tablespoons Panko breadcrumbs
1 tablespoon finely minced fresh parsley
1 tablespoon Old Bay
½ teaspoon lemon juice
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
1 large egg
¼ cup canola oil
4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
Carefully remove any bits of shell or cartilage from crab and place in a large bowl.
Add minced green onions, herbs, mayonnaise, breadcrumbs, Old Bay, lemon juice, salt, and
pepper to bowl with crab.
Gently fold egg into crab until mixture starts to cling together.
Using a spatula, gentle mix until combined.
Additional Panko in tablespoon increments, if needed
If the mixture does not cling together properly, add an additional tablespoon of Panko
breadcrumbs and gently mix.
Repeat as necessary until mixture binds together.
In most cases you should need between two to five tablespoons of Panko, but it really depends
on how moist your crab is.
Shape and Chill:
Divide the crab mixture into four or six (as desired) portions and shape them into a fat, round
cake about 3 inches wide.
Place them on a plate lined with wax paper.
Cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least 30 minutes, or as long as 24 hours.
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until oil is hot but not smoking, about 5 minutes.
Place flour in a pie plate or shallow bowl.
Using your hands, gently drag crab cakes in flour to evenly coat each side with flour.
Place crab cakes in skillet and fry until bottom is crispy and golden brown, about 5 minutes.
Flip and cook other side until done, about 4 to 5 minutes.
Serve immediately with any desired sides or sauces.
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