Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 15 mins

Phillips seafood restaurant, in Baltimore's Inner Harbor, serves some of the best crab cakes I have ever had. Here is a copycat recipe for this traditional Maryland delicacy

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Whisk together all ingredients except crab meat.
  2. Fold in crab meat.
  3. Divide mixture into 4 parts and shape into cakes approximately 3/4” thick.
  4. Pan fry the cakes in a little peanut oil or canola oil.
  5. Serve hot, garnished with lemon.
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Well, Donna, it's funny that you are making those comments. I'm from Laurel, just in case you're interested. And maybe the reason you never saw melted butter in a crab cake recipe is very simply because you never saw this recipe before! And, as for the recipe's Maryland authenticity, you might be interested to know that it is a recipe that is made available to the public by Phiilips themselves!

Mille® February 19, 2002

I had a friend from Baltimore visit this weekend, and he claims that you MUST go to Maryland to find the best crab cakes...BOY, did I surprise him when he found them in PA!!! He said these were one of the best crab cakes he has ever eaten!! My whole family agreed. Whether or not they are "authentic", I do not know, as I am not from Maryland. But they taste wonderful, and thats all that matters in my book!! Thanks for a great recipe! ~Manda

Manda September 12, 2002

Millie, this is an excellent recipe. Trying to explain the taste of Baltimore Crab Cakes to my Australian husband wasn't easy. I spent many summers in Ocean City, MD eating crab cakes at The Marina Deck, Phillips, and Reflections at the Sheraton Inn. Trying to replicate the flavor was easy with your wonderful recipe. Thanx a million!

Babyoil September 20, 2002