So every once in a while I'll treat myself and get some delicious blue crab meat and make crab cakes. So I thought I'd share with you my recipe for true Maryland crab cakes. :)
1 lb. jumbo lump crab meat (Phillips is my favorite and is wild caught)
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 tbsp. mayonnaise
1 tsp. Old Bay seasoning
1/2 cup Italian breadcrumbs
1 tbsp. fresh parsley, minced
1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
2 tbsp. red bell pepper, minced
2 tbsp. onion, minced
Salt and Pepper
Canola or vegetable oil
Drain crab meat and add to a medium mixing bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix together, not mixing too much, but just until well incorporated.
Using a 1/3 cup size dry measuring cup, scoop the mixture into the cup. Remove the mixture into your hand and form into a crab cake. Using the measuring cup will ensure they are all the same size and cook the same. You will be able to make 7 crab cakes that are all the same size.
They should look something like this:
Place the formed crab cakes onto a platter and put in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes, to let them firm up a little so they won't fall apart while cooking.
In a cast iron skillet place oil just to coat the bottom of the pan. Heat on medium high. Once it has heated up add your crab cakes, one at a time. Allow to brown, approximately 4-5 minutes. Using two spoons, two spatulas, or whatever is easiest for you, turn the crab cakes over. Allow to cook on the second side for 4 minutes. Remove from pan and place on a paper towel-lined plate.
Until next time...
Lady by the Bay