Famous Crab Cakes Recipe: This Moist Lump Crab Cake Deserves a Trophy by Donna John

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7 months ago

Famous Crab Cakes Recipe: This Moist Lump Crab Cake Deserves a Trophy

My mom loves crab cakes. I love crab cakes, too, but you should see my mom's face light up when she finds a good crab cake at a restaurant. Finding a great crab cake recipe become my obsession.

This lump crab cake recipe results in what could be an award-winning crab cake, in my opinion. There's nothing crazy in this crab cake recipe. Just a few simple ingredients: mayonnaise, an egg, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, fresh lump crabmeat and crushed saltines. The mixture is ever-so-gently mixed together to keep the crabmeat from falling apart and pan-fried in butter or oil. While you may feel the urge to sprinkle in some Old Bay seasoning, don't. Over spicing the crab cake will mask the fresh crab flavor.

Tartar sauce is a must with these crab cakes. Try one of these easy tartar sauce recipes (even Snoop Dogg has a tartar sauce recipe!). If you really want some Old Bay flavor in your crab cake, try this Old Bay crab cake sauce recipe. Serve these easy pan-fried crab cakes with your favorite side dishes. You are welcome, Mom.

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes plus 1 hour to chill 
Cook Time: 6 to 8 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour and 13 minutes
Servings: Makes 8 crab cakes


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise (not Miracle Whip)
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1 pound fresh crabmeat (can use canned crabmeat in a pinch)
  • 1 cup Saltines, crushed (about 20 crackers)
  • butter or oil, for cooking

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Stir the mayonnaise, egg, mustard, Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce together in a mixing bowl. 
  2. Gently fold in the crabmeat. 
  3. Gently stir in the crackers. Let the mixture sit for about 3 minutes. 
  4. Shape into eight loose patties. Chill in the refrigerator for about 1 hour.
  5. When ready to cook, heat the butter or oil in a skillet. Cook the crab cakes for about 3 to 4 minutes per side. Remove to a paper towel. (You could also broil the crab cakes, turning once, about 4 to 5 minutes per side.)

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Saltines $2 & Up
Mayonnaise $3 & Up
Dijon Mustard $2 & Up
Hot Sauce $2 & Up

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Elisa Schmitz
We love crab cakes, Donna John . Thank you for sharing this yummy recipe with us!
This recipe is a standard for authentic MD crab cakes. However, the crab meat is always gently tossed with the bread/cracker crumbs prior to adding the wet ingredients. This ensures an even mixture without breaking the delicate lumps of crabmeat.
Donna John
Great tip! Thanks for sharing. If you'd like to share your crab cake recipe (or others), here's how: mom: Submit Your Recipes to 30Seconds: How to Share Your Favorite Recipes With the Community & Create Your Own Recipe Page
Jan Mostrom
Love this Donna John I love crab cakes and have never tried to cook them. I can't wait to try it!

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