Maryland Crab Cakes with Basil Aioli

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 10 mins

Delicous Crab Cakes served with a garic dipping sauce. Can be made mild or hot and spicy. Can be used as a seafood appetizer or a main course. Recipe courtesy Chef Rita Carmody (formerly of the Red Lion Hotel)

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large bowl, mix crabmeat, onion, crushed crackers, eggs, mayonnaise and seasonings.
  2. Gently mix everything together and shape into crab cakes.
  3. Saute cakes in a little oil for about five minutes on each side or until golden brown.
  4. To prepare aioli, place egg yolks, garlic and basil in a blender.
  5. Start the blender and slowly add oil.
  6. When thoroughly mixed and creamy, add salt and lemon juice and if you want it hot and spicy the option red pepper or cayenne.
  7. Serve the aioli on the side as a dipping sauce.


Most Helpful

The crab cakes turned out very nice. I made them late one afternoon after work before going out for dinner. DH and I thought they tasted like something you could order in a restaurant! I must have done something wrong with the aioli because it came out way too oily - even for what I think an aioli should be. I'm not sure what I did wrong, and the crab cakes were great, so 4 stars!

Queen of Harts January 31, 2009

I had some crab cakes that I bought from Trader Joe's, but loved the idea of the Basil Aioli to go with it. So, I just made that portion of the recipe. It was really good and complemented the crab cakes nicely! Thank you so much for posting!

Scrapbook Lori March 24, 2008

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