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Classic Crab Cakes Recipe
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Classic Crab Cakes Recipe

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This region is known for good seafood, and crab cakes are a traditional favorite. I learned to make them from a chef in a restaurant where they were a best-seller. The crabmeat's sweet and mild flavor is sparked by the blend of other ingredients. -Debbie Terenzini, Lusby, Maryland
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 pound fresh or canned crabmeat, drained, flaked and cartilage removed
  • 2 to 2-1/2 cups soft bread crumbs
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup each chopped celery, green pepper and onion
  • 1 tablespoon seafood seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon prepared mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons vegetable oil, optional
  • Lemon slices, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 crab cake equals 282 calories, 22 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 85 mg cholesterol, 638 mg sodium, 7 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 14 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the crab, bread crumbs, egg, mayonnaise, vegetables and seasonings. Shape into eight patties. Broil patties or cook in a skillet in oil for 4 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Serve with lemon if desired.
    Freeze option: Freeze cooled crab cakes in freezer containers, separating layers with waxed paper. To use, reheat crab cakes on a baking sheet in a preheated 325° oven until heated through.
    Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Classic Crab Cakes in Taste of Home August/September 1999, p31

Nutritional Facts

1 crab cake equals 282 calories, 22 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 85 mg cholesterol, 638 mg sodium, 7 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 14 g protein.

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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Reviewed Jun. 20, 2015

"What is included in the seafood seasoning? Living in western NE we don't see a lot of seafood, but I would like to try this. May have to mix my own seasonings though."

Reviewed Jun. 20, 2015

"This is a very good recipe and I have made it many times over the years since it was first published in 1999 in TOH. I also substitute canned salmon for crab. The seasonings add to the flavor and since my husband likes fresh parsley and I have it growing in my garden, I double the amount. I would like to point out to the last five reviewers who obviously have never made the recipe that there is a big difference between using SOFT bread crumbs (slightly dried crumbled bread), versus packaged or homemade dried bread crumbs, which are a lot denser and make for a heavy cake instead of a lighter cake. It would be nice to see a little more cooking effort by some before reviewing something you've never made and giving a rating that means nothing. I really like the idea of using cornbread crumbs instead of bread for a different taste and texture and will try that next time."

Reviewed Jun. 20, 2015

"Two lbs. of crabmeat should be used if you're going to use 2 c of bread crumbs.."

Reviewed Jun. 20, 2015

"I agree that there seems to be a lot of bread crumbs. However, for someone on a budget, trying to stretch one lb. of crabmeat to make 8 servings, would be quite a feat. Also, not everyone lives along the coast where fresh crabmeat available, or even if it is, can afford it. I commend this cook for posting this recipe for that reason. Perhaps, though, the word "classic" is misleading because of the canned crabmeat. Since I have not actually made this recipe, I can only give it a medium rating, and I'm pretty sure that someone reading this will find fault with that, but that seems fair to me, seeing as I can't post this comment without giving a rating."

Reviewed Jun. 20, 2015

"I wouldn't give this recipe any fact I wouldn't even try it! What a terrible waste of crabmeat! I'm from Hampton, VA (Crabtown, USA) and we use only crabmeat, egg, mayonnaise, a little mustard and few breadcrumbs."

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