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Chesapeake Bay Crab Cakes

Yield 12 crab cakes

Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons mayonnaise, divided
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons Old Bay seasoning, divided
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 saltine crackers, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 or 4 drops hot sauce
  • 1 pound fresh lump crabmeat, drained
  • Paprika
  • Tartar Sauce
  • Garnishes: fresh chives, lemon slices

How to Make It

  1. Stir together 3 tablespoons mayonnaise, 3/4 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning, and next 6 ingredients in a medium bowl; gently stir in crabmeat.

  2. Shape into 12 patties. Place on a lightly greased baking sheet.

  3. Stir together remaining 3 tablespoons mayonnaise and remaining 1/2 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning; spread evenly on crab cakes. Sprinkle with paprika.

  4. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until lightly browned. (Do not overbake.) Garnish, if desired, and serve with Tartar Sauce.