Best Crab Cake Recipe (Baltimore Crab Cakes)

The BEST CRAB CAKE RECIPE is right here in front of you! I loooove fresh, crispy crab cakes, and these Baltimore Crab Cakes are really hitting the spot. This crab cake recipe is my ideal seafood dinner, and once we add on the homemade tartar sauce…YUM! I can’t get enough of these things.

Best Crab Cake Recipe with homemade tartar sauce

Best Crab Cake Recipe – Baltimore Crab Cakes

The best crab cake recipe in the world? Well, I think so! These Baltimore Crab Cakes are just sooo tasty!

I love seafood. There’s really nothing better than fresh seafood, whether grilled, fried, or baked. And with my love for crab cakes, it only made sense that I should come up with the Best Crab Cake Recipe ever. These things are just too good! Especially when combined with my Homemade Tartar Sauce Recipe.

These Baltimore Crab Cakes really are amazing. I kept it pretty classic with mayonnaise, egg, Worcestershire sauce, and (of course) great crab meat. I fried them up just enough to make them a little crispy so that they have the perfect texture, but the baking powder keeps them fluffy.

This Crab Cake Recipe is a great summer dish to serve for dinner, lunch, or parties. Add a bit of lemon juice and dill, and serve with fresh tartar sauce and enjoy!

These Baltimore Crab Cakes are so simple yet delicious. This is the Best Crab Cake Recipe ever, and it’s the perfect dish for summer!

Crab cake patties arranged on a cooling rack, with small bowls of dill and tartar sauce

Close up of Baltimore Crab Cakes with a dollop of tartar sauce

How to Make Crab Cakes

This might surprise you, but the Best Crab Cake Recipe is actually really easy to make. The crab meat mixture only takes a few minutes to prepare, and you can make it a bit ahead of time if needed. Once your crab meat is ready, pat them into patties, and then you’ll just fry them in a skillet for a few minutes each. Simple as that!

Here are a few tips for making the best crab cake recipe:

  • Prepare the crab meat mixture ahead of time and refrigerate so they’re ready when it’s time to cook.
  • Be careful not to overwork the crab cake patties when molding them into shape.
  • Cook your crab cakes in multiple batches so they don’t get crowded in the skillet.
  • Adding a bit of baking powder will make your crab cakes light and fluffy.

You’re going to love these classic Baltimore Crab Cakes! They will melt in your mouth as soon as you take a bite.

The Best Crab Cake Recipe with Homemade Tartar Sauce

The Best Crab Cake Recipe wouldn’t be complete without a creamy Homemade Tartar Sauce. The flavor of fresh dill pickle mixed with mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, lemon juice, chives, and green onion is so bold and tart. It just makes these Baltimore Crab Cakes taste even better! Check out the full Tartar Sauce Recipe here.

Baltimore crab cakes

A stack of crab cakes, topped with tartar sauce

What is a good side dish for crab cakes?

These tasty Baltimore Crab Cakes definitely need some tartar sauce. But besides that, they need a good side dish too! Luckily there are plenty of easy side dishes to go along with classic crab cakes. You can’t go wrong with any of these options:

In general, crab cakes taste great with other seafood dishes, bisque, and fresh veggie dishes.

How long do you cook crab cakes in a skillet?

You want to cook the crab cakes for about 3 minutes on each side (6 minutes total). They fry up quickly, so keep an eye on them.

How long can you keep uncooked crab cakes in the fridge?

If you want to prepare your crab cakes ahead of time, you can make the mixture and store it in the refrigerator for about 3 days (I wouldn’t leave it any longer than that). When you’re ready to cook them, take out the crab meat mixture and mold it into crab cake patties.

How to make crab cakes

Enjoy these Baltimore Crab Cakes all summer long along with Homemade Tartar Sauce. Once you make these, you’ll have no doubt that they’re the Best Crab Cake Recipe. SO delicious!

Watch the video or see the recipe card below for details on how to make the Best Crab Cake Recipe. Enjoy!

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3.75 from 8 votes
The BEST CRAB CAKE RECIPE is right here in front of you! I loooove fresh, crispy crab cakes, and these Baltimore Crab Cakes are really hitting the spot. This crab cake recipe is my ideal seafood dinner, and once we add on the homemade tartar sauce...YUM! I can't get enough of these things.
Best Crab Cakes Recipe - Baltimore Crab Cakes
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 
The BEST CRAB CAKE RECIPE is right here in front of you! I loooove fresh, crispy crab cakes, and these Baltimore Crab Cakes are really hitting the spot. This crab cake recipe is my ideal seafood dinner, and once we add on the homemade tartar sauce...YUM! I can't get enough of these things.
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Seafood
Keyword: baltimore crab cakes, crab cakes
Servings: 4
Calories: 370 kcal
Author: Becky Hardin
Ingredients
  • 20 saltine crackers finely crushed
  • 1 pound lump crabmeat; jumbo lump crab meat is best if available
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon hot sauce or 1 teaspoon OLD BAY Seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley optional
  • Garnish: fresh dill and lemon wedge
  • For Serving: Homemade Tartar Sauce (click for recipe)
Instructions
  1. In a medium mixing bowl, gently combine the crushed crackers with the crabmeat.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, egg, Worcestershire Sauce, baking powder, hot sauce and parsley until smooth.
  3. Gently fold the mayonnaise mixture with the crabmeat mixture. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour or until ready to cook.
  4. When ready to cook, divide the crabmeat mixture into 8 equal parts and very gently pat into 1½-inch hamburger-like patties. DO NOT OVERWORK. Set the patties aside until ready to cook.
  5. Set a large skillet over medium heat and, when hot, heat the oil until it shimmers. Set the crab cakes in the hot oil and cook, about 3 minutes per side, or until golden brown on both sides and hot throughout. It is important to not crowd the skillet, so cook the crab cakes in two batches.
  6. Transfer the cooked cakes to a paper towel-lined plate to remove excess oil and then to a serving plates.
  7. Garnish with fresh dill leaves and a wedge of fresh lemon.
  8. Serve with Homemade Tartar Sauce.
  9. Enjoy!

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

The baking powder keeps the crab cakes light and fluffy.

Nutrition Facts
Best Crab Cakes Recipe - Baltimore Crab Cakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 370 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 24g 37%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 100mg 33%
Sodium 1338mg 56%
Potassium 607mg 17%
Total Carbohydrates 13g 4%
Sugars 1g
Protein 23g 46%
Vitamin A 2.1%
Vitamin C 10.3%
Calcium 19.6%
Iron 12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Comments

Gerri
Just wondering if I could use this recipe for stuffed clams in the shell
    Becky Hardin
    Hi Gerri, I'm not sure what you mean. Do you mean using clam meat instead of crab meat? I think it would be pretty different and I haven't tried so I'm so sorry, I'm not sure.
April
oh my goodness delicious! thank you!
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