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Jun 6, 2010 12:50 PM
Discussion and crab cake recipes

I've been reading the Tried and True Recipes from thread. It's lengthy with so many great suggestions for recipes to try.
I'm specificallly looking for a highly recommended tried and true crab cake recipe. A search of the website itself comes up with about 37 recipes and many are 4-5 star.
Can any of you help me narrow it down further by suggesting the one(s) you love on Epicurious or another site. Hate to waste expensive crab meat.
Thank you!

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  1. As many versions as I've tried, I always go back to the traditional recipe from Old Bay. When I want a good crab cake, this is the quintessential example.

    Only tweaks I make are to substitute fresh parsley for dried, and to add a little lemon zest and hot sauce (Tabasco or Louisiana-style).....

    1. I have made the Crab Cakes with Red Bell Pepper for years. I love this recipe - totally delicious. I do not put in hard boiled egg as my husband does not like it that way and I agree with him - totally not necessary and saves a few steps. I make the crab cakes a few hours ahead, form into cakes, refrigerate, and then, following suggestions from other reviewers, bake in oven. [Baked them at 325 for 15 minutes. Spoon some melted butter on them and increase the temp to 425 for 5 minutes. If you are making small cakes, cut time] I have served them with various sauces but they are fine just plain. I like this recipe because it uses no mayo, can be done ahead and baked in oven. Let me know what you think if you try them.

      1. Forgot to say - I use a bit of Old Bay instead of salt. Another suggestion from reviews.

        1. It's far from a traditional Maryland recipe, but even my family in Baltimore goes crazy for the Louisiana deviled crab cakes on It's hard to overstate how popular these are every time I make them. I made 50 for a party of 20 a while ago and they were gone in less than 5 minutes.

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          1. The '21' Club Crabcake recipe is one of my favorites (be sure to chill), but I more often make the Super Rich Virginia Crabcakes because my husband always asks for those.