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Baltimore-Style Crab Cakes Recipe

Try this Baltimore-style crab cakes recipe featured in our recent article on Dishes That Define Culinary Destinations.


8 saltine crackers, finely crushed

1/4 cup dry bread crumbs

2 tablespoons mayonnaise

1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1 egg, beaten

1/2 teaspoon seafood seasoning (such as Old Bay®)

salt to taste

1 pinch cayenne pepper (optional)

1 pound fresh crabmeat, well drained

2 tablespoons butter


Mix together the crushed saltine crackers, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, seafood seasoning, Worcestershire sauce, egg, salt, and cayenne pepper in a large bowl

Stir in crabmeat until mixture is combined but still chunky. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Sprinkle breadcrumbs on a plate.

Shape chilled crab mixture into 4 small thick patties; coat completely with breadcrumbs.

Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat; cook crab cakes until golden brown, about 4 minutes per side.

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