By Andi of Longmeadow Farm on April 13, 2007
Photo by AcadiaToo
Photo by AcadiaToo
"This recipe comes from Tangier Island, in Southern Maryland/Virginia, a serene little island at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, actually part of Virginia. When you arrive on the dock at Tangier, you are received on the dock to wonder about this fishing/crabing/oystering town. Along the walkways, and small streets, women type out their recipes, handed down from generation to generation and place them on a plywood board in plastic bags. I picked this recipe in a little packet, wrapped carefully in plastic wrap, typed on an old typewriter and have loved this little recipe ever since. The cost for these simple 6 hand-typed recipes were $1.00 and was self serve. This recipe is a part of a culture that has stood the test of time, and the folks that live within this island remain steadfast in tradition. Basically, Tangier Island represents what should be a prosperous, but simple way of living, bringing oysters and crabs to the people of Maryland and Virginia. This recipe speaks of this island when life took a breath and enjoyed the riches, and bountiful crustations of our beautiful Chesapeake Bay. When I prepare this recipe, I will always be reminded of this wonderful place and a wonderful time. Serve on crackers, or crusty warmed bread. *Note* this recipe is not a *dip*. As a previous reviewer noted, this compares more to baked crab, a la Maryland. In Maryland we serve baked crab/crab cake sometimes on bread/crackers. I hope you enjoy this simple but historical taste of Maryland, and if not, then send it over here to Longmeadow Farm...we will be glad to devour it with gusto!! Really, enjoy."
Serving Size: 1 (133 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 6
"My DH and I thought this was very tasty. I didn't put as much old bay as the recipe called for as my DH isn't in to spicy food. I also added some yellow pepper to replace the onion as I didn't have any. We had it as a leftover again tonight, and it was just as tasty. Thanks for posting Andi! Made for Let's Party 2011 tag."
"Wowee, wowee! This was delicious!! I put enough in 2 ramekins and saved the rest for this weekend. I think I'll try putting them in muffin tins. Anyway, the taste is what matters. This hit the spot. Wonderful!!! I followed the recipe and will make again!! Thanks for this one. Made for Everyday is a Holiday Tag Game 2009."
"Oh my Andi ~ this was fabulous!!! I made as posted being careful not to break up the beautiful crab meat too much while mixing. I took your suggestion and served with bread but it's fabulous by itself, too. Thanks so much for posting a keeper!!!"
"Well Andi, all I can say is WOW!!!!! This is delicious! 5 stars are just not enough! This tastes like the best crab cakes ever. We live near the shore in NJ and have had crab cakes at all the best seafood places, casinos, Cape May, Delaware, Maryland, you name it. This is hands down the best tasting crab cake we've had. I liked 2Bleu's suggestions and sauteed the onions (I used green onions sliced thin) then mixed everything together, folding in the crab last like Bird did. I added an extra egg because it seemed to need one more. Other than that, I made this exactly as written. It was perfect all the way down the line including the cooking time of 30 minutes. Although we have eaten crab everywhere, this was the first time I have tried making my own- thanks so much for making me look like I have magic powers in the kitchen!"
"This recipe made it into our Book #231450. 3/11/08 - Andi, Thanks for posting this wonderful crabmeat dish! Truly outstanding in flavor, texture, taste, etc. I prepared it a bit different to start it off. I saute'd the onions in the butter with some added finely chopped green and red bell peppers. Then added the seasonings, and ending by folding in the crabmeat. Then baked as directed. Absolutely superb! :) ~Bird"
"We loved this, very much like one big tasty crab cake. An instant favorite!!"
"This recipe was great! I'm a seafood lover in Hampton Roads, VA where seafood is plentiful. The only reason I didn't give the recipe 5 stars is because I didn't add the bread crumbs, I do not like filler. Other than that the only thing I changed was instead of a med. onion, I used a little very finely chopped onion & celery, sauteed. DELICIOUS!!"
"The flavor here is grand and it's simple to mix up. The only reason that I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is that I baked it exactly by the recipe and it was very dry at the end of the baking time. It wasn't dark or over baked, just dry. That said, there isn't anything wrong with huge crab cake that you can serve up with a large cooking spoon! Yumm. Thanks for sharing Andi this much crab made a real treat on New Year's day."
"Andi we really enjoyed this flavor of Maryland! I have been missing blue crab and this helped satisfy my craving. I do think it needs a touch more moisture, and next time will do as Twissis did and add an extra egg or maybe just one more Tblsp of mayo (I think I might add a bit more Old Bay as well!) Thanks so much for posting such a fabulous crab recipe! (For those of you without access to lump blue crab, they sell Phillips brand at Costco in the can, and it is really great and all lump meat!)"
"Great dish! I made a very small version of this, the only thing diffrent I did was top it with moz. cheese since my family never can get enough cheese on their foods! Awesome recipe, I def. make again!"
"had a weird smell. i didnt mind the texture, sort of like a big moist crab cake, but the flavor was just 'ehh', and the smell was off-putting, not sure where and how that smell came about, everything was fresh..."
"I meant to take the picture before serving but hey, I am blonde! heh heh. This crab dish is delightful! You can serve this as an appetizer or main dish, which is what I did. DH is a crab lover and gave it 2 thumbs up! I love the addition of the wooster and texas pete hot sauce. Next time I will add a little more hot sauce! Thank you Andi for this great recipe!"
"After seeing the picture by twissis, I can't wait to try this recipe. We've lived near the Chesapeake Bay for about a year now and I'm always on the lookout for crab recipes that even a novice like me can make. I promise to post a review as soon as I try this one!"
"I tagged this recipe earlier today, went to my kitchen & had it in the oven in no time at all. I had been looking at the recipe for some time in an effort to find a crab appy that I could serve hot or at room temp as a starter course for dinner parties. I used canned lump crabmeat brought back from the US & made a half recipe as written except I did use 2 eggs, mostly because the crab mixture seemed a bit dry & I wanted a puffed, almost souffle texture. I got just that, so I took the next step & applied creativity. It looked like it would easily serve 4 as a starter ... so I cut & placed 4 slices of smoked salmon on top, added a scant tsp of my Recipe #225428 on ea slice & topped that w/Icelandic baby shrimp. Then I put a bit of sauce in the center w/a few tiny capers & sprinkled the effort w/parsley. We ate it as a main course w/just a green salad & DH pronounced it *excellent and dinner party worthy* :-) Thx for posting this quick-fix & tasty recipe that got me creatively inspired & met my goal."
"For some reason I thought this would have a creamier, more dip-like consisitency, as we had trouble spreading it on the bread & crackers. But now that I note the name, it does say 'baked crab' & not a spread or dip. I'll probably add some heavy cream or more mayo to the rest and conjure up some crab cakes. The flavor is pretty good so if you love crab in a drier, flakier form you might want to whip this up and just enjoy it with a spoon or fork. For a dip- maybe an 8oz. block of cream cheese & a little heavy cream. Thanks for sharing- it's always fun to try new recipes."
"This is like a giant, yummy lump crab cake. It's soooo good! I mixed everything together first, then gently folded in my jumbo lump crabmeat (careful not to break it up much). I used Dijon mustard. Wonderful dish for all the crab-lovers! Thanx for sharing. I'll make this again."
"These were good but my family thought they could use more flavor. I followed the recipe other then I didn't use the onion and added three tablespoons of mayo since others stated they were dry. Next time I would use a wet mustard instead of dry and see if that doesn't give it more flavor."