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Maryland Crab Cakes
Classic Maryland Crab Cakes


1          lb                 Fresh jumbo lump or backfin lump crabmeat

1          ea                Egg

1/4      C                  Mayonnaise

1 1/2   Tsp                Dijon mustard

2         Tbsp              Spice Union Chesapeake Bay Spice Blend

1         Tsp                Fresh lemon juice

1/2      Tsp                Worcestershire sauce

1 1/4   C                   Fresh breadcrumbs (from soft white sandwich bread or                                             hamburger buns)

1         Tbsp              Fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley (chopped)

2         Tbsp              Butter

1         Tbsp              Peanut oil

                                Lemon wedges for serving


  1. If necessary, drain the crabmeat and pick through it for shell bits (jumbo lump will not have shells).

  2. Put the crab in the refrigerator until needed.

  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg, mayonnaise, mustard, Spice Union Chesapeake Bay Spice Blend, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce and parsley.

  4. Add the fresh bread crumbs to the mayonnaise mixture and stir to thoroughly combine.

  5. Pour the mayonnaise mixture over the crab and gently fold together until well combined.

  6. Cover the crab mixture with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2-3 hours.

  7. Preheat a large cast iron pan to medium high heat.

  8. Shape the crab mixture into 8 cakes about 1 inch thick.

  9. Add the butter and peanut oil to the pan and heat until the oil is shimmering.

  10. Using a spatula or slotted spoon, add the crab cakes to the pan.  Using a spatula or spoon will prevent you from burning your fingers in the oil and gently slide the crab cakes into the oil; preventing them from falling apart.

  11. Cook until dark golden brown on the underside (about 4 minutes).

  12. Flip the crab cakes, reduce the heat to medium, and continue cooking until the other side is well browned (about another 4 to 5 minutes).

  13. Serve with lemon wedges on the side for squeezing over the cakes.

We suggest using any of the spices listed below when making this recipe. Click the package to learn more about the spice.
Blackening Spice Blend
Chesapeake Bay Spice Blend
French Chef's Blend
Grilln' & Roastn' Spice Blend
Honey Habanero Rub
Ultimate Seasoning Blend
Vadouvan French Masala Curry
Polynesian Luau Spice Blend
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