Prep 15 mins
Cook 10 mins
I grew up in southern Maryland, and attended All Saints Episcopal Church, where my parents are still members. Every summer (1st weekend in August) the church hosts its Summer Supper fundraiser, which I consider a southern Maryland tradition, since folks come from all over to eat some great food (ham, fried chicken, green beans, fresh homemade bread, rolls, and desserts, and, oh yeah.. CRABCAKES! This is an adaptation of the recipe used at the supper, so that the yield is something reasonable for a family dinner (as opposed to the hundreds of crabcakes made by the fine folks at All Saints!). Of course, I have added my own touches over the years, but it's still pure "Maryland Crabcake".
- 1 lb crabmeat (claw or backfin)
- 1 egg
- 3 1⁄2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce (or 2 t. powder)
- 2 1⁄2 teaspoons yellow mustard powder
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 3⁄4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1⁄2 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
- 2 ounces breadcrumbs (1/2 cup)
- 1⁄4 cup mayonnaise
- Pick through your crab; there are ALWAYS shells missed at the plant (they pick fast and furiously!).
- Mix all ingredients EXCEPT the breadcrumbs. You can beat the egg before adding, but I scramble it a bit in the bowl then use my hands to get a consistent mix.
- Add the breadcrumbs a bit at a time. The goal is to have just enough to bind the mix into patties, but not too much!
- GENTLY form the mixture into patties, about 31/2 inches in diameter, and 3/4 inch thick. Note that you can make them smaller, if they are appetizers. At this stage, you can refrigerate them; doing so allows a little bit of flavor blending to occur (a good thing).
- Get a cast iron skillet hot, and melt some olive oil, then butter in the pan.
- Saute over medium heat, flipping once, so that both side are a golden brown.
- OPTIONAL Step: after you flip once, add some red wine to the pan, it adds a light glaze to the cakes, and a nice flavor!
- Serve with tartar sauce, as entree, appetizer, or sandwich.
Never made Crab Cakes, ever. Since I just became the queen of great Baba Ganoosh and Hummus, world wind weekend, I came back to try your crabcake. Perfect, so easy and definitely to serve to a hungry crowd who appreciates a tradition. I insist you post more recipes.