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    Faidley's World Famous Crab Cakes

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    5 mins

    1 mins

    4 mins

    ~Bliss~'s Note:

    These take a while to make, but are worth it. I got these from the newspaper years ago. Faidley's is in Lexington Market on Eutaw St. in Baltimore, MD.

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    Crab Cakes

    Tartar sauce


    1. 1
      Crab cakes: Spread the crab meat out in a flat pan and sprinkle the crushed saltines over the top.
    2. 2
      In a small bowl, mix mayonnaise, egg, mustard, Worcestershire and tobasco.
    3. 3
      Pour the mayonnaise over the crab meat and gently toss or fold the ingredients together, taking care not to break up the lumps of crab meat.
    4. 4
      Let the mixture sit for 2-3 minute.
    5. 5
      before forming the cakes.
    6. 6
      Form the cakes by hand or with an ice cream scoop into 8 mounds about 3" in diameter and 3/4" thick.
    7. 7
      Do NOT pack the mixture too firmly.
    8. 8
      The cakes should be as loose as possible, yet still hold their shape.
    9. 9
      Place the cakes on a tray or platter lined with wax paper, cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before cooking.
    10. 10
      Tartar sauce: In a bowl, mix mayonnaise, dill pickles, onion, parsley and dill pickle juice.
    11. 11
      Chill for at least 1 hour.
    12. 12
      To fry: Pour oil into a heavy skillet to a depth of about 1 ½".
    13. 13
      Heat oil and fry crab cakes, a few at a time, until golden brown, about 4 minute.
    14. 14
      on each side.
    15. 15
      Remove with a slotted utensil to a paper towel to drain.
    16. 16
      To broil: Slip them under a preheated broiler until nicely browned, turning to cook evenly, about 4-5 minute.
    17. 17
      on each side To sauté: Heat a small amount of clarified butter or olive oil, or a combination, in a skillet and sauté the cakes, turning several times, until golden brown, about 8 minute.
    18. 18
      total cooking time.
    19. 19
      Serve at once with tartar sauce on the side.
    20. 20
      Makes 4 servings.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on May 27, 2014


      Ii love Faidley's crab cakes, but, living in Oregon, I've only been there a couple of times. I just made this recipe with some fresh Pacific crab. They were perfect!

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    • on September 17, 2013

      I am a Native Marylander who loves to cook, however, haven't ever been able to make a good crab cake. This is it, a true Maryland crab cake recipe from the heart of Baltimore.

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    • on September 24, 2012


      These were good. We made the cakes smaller, about the size of falafel, for better stabilty and ease of using like an appetizer. Only drawback is that although the tartar sauce is good, we would have preferred a remoulade sauce. Thanks for sharing.

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    Nutritional Facts for Faidley's World Famous Crab Cakes

    Serving Size: 1 (269 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 572.4
    Calories from Fat 304
    Total Fat 33.7 g
    Saturated Fat 5.2 g
    Cholesterol 155.4 mg
    Sodium 1510.3 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 37.7 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.0 g
    Sugars 7.2 g
    Protein 29.7 g

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    pickle juice

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