Maryland Crab Cakes

Gentle mixing is the secret to these succulent crab cakes. Use only enough crackers to hold the mixture together. Old Bay seasoning, a favored Chesapeake crab boil seasoning, is available on the supermarket spice aisle.

Yield: Makes 4 servings
Recipe from Southern Living

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh crabmeat
  • 6 to 8 saltine crackers, finely crushed
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Old Bay seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • Garnishes: fresh watercress, lemon slices
  • Caper Sauce

Preparation

  1. Drain crabmeat, removing any bits of shell.
  2. Combine crushed crackers and next 7 ingredients; gently fold crabmeat into mixture. Shape into 8 thin patties.
  3. Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add crab cakes; cook, in batches, 4 to 5 minutes on each side or until golden. Drain on paper towels. Garnish, if desired. Serve crab cakes with Caper Sauce.
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