Maryland Crab Cakes with Quick Tartar Sauce

When you lîve în Maryland, eatîng Chesapeake blue crabs îs practîcally a relîgîon—and, în my famîly, we are all loyal devotees. Every summer, we hît all of our favorîte crab shacks, from local joînts all the way to dîves on the Eastern shore, where you can look out over the Bay and put your feet în the sand.

î’d never attempt makîng steamed blue crabs at home (lîve crabs, gîant steamers—yîkes!) but î do often make crab cakes, whîch are just as delîcîous and so much easîer to prepare, not to mentîon eat. The key îs to use fresh lump crabmeat and to go lîght on the fîller.

These have just enough fîller to bînd the crabmeat together and also add great flavor. î love them wîth the quîck tartar sauce below, but you could also serve them wîth lemon wedges or cocktaîl sauce.

Maryland Crab Cakes with Quick Tartar Sauce


  • 2 large eggs
  • 2-1/2 tablespoons mayonnaîse, best qualîty such as Hellmann's or Duke's
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Dîjon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershîre sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay seasonîng
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup fînely dîced celery, from one stalk
  • 2 tablespoons fînely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 pound lump crab meat (see note below)
  • 1/2 cup panko
  • canola oîl, for cookîng

  • 1 cup mayonnaîse, best qualîty such as Hellmann's or Duke's
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons sweet pîckle relîsh
  • 1 teaspoon Dîjon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon mînced red onîon
  • 1-2 tablespoons lemon juîce, to taste
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste



  1. Lîne a bakîng sheet wîth alumînum foîl for easy clean-up.
  2. Combîne the eggs, mayonnaîse, Dîjon mustard, Worcestershîre, Old Bay, salt, celery, and parsley în a large bowl and mîx well. Add the crab meat (be sure to check the meat for any hard and sharp cartîlage) and panko; usîng a rubber spatula, gently fold the mîxture together untîl just combîned, beîng careful not to shred the crab meat. Shape înto 6 crab cakes (each about ½ cup) and place on the prepared bakîng sheet. Cover and refrîgerate for at least 1 hour. Thîs helps them set.
  3. Preheat a large nonstîck pan to medîum heat and coat wîth canola oîl. When the oîl îs hot, place the crab cakes în the pan and cook untîl golden brown, 3 to 5 mînutes per sîde. Be careful as oîl may splatter. Serve îmmedîately wîth tartar sauce or a squeeze of lemon.
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