Chesapeake Bay Crab Cakes

An old classical recipe for preparing Chesapeake Bay crab cakes.
  • 1 pound blue crab meat
  • 2 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons butter or other fat, melted
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon powdered mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Dash pepper
  • Dash cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
  1. Remove any shell or cartilage from crab meat.
  2. Cook onion in butter until tender.
  3. Combine all ingredients except crumbs.
  4. Shape into 6 cakes and roll in crumbs.
  5. Place cakes in a heavy frying pan which contains about 1/8-inch of fat, hot but not smoking.
  6. Fry at moderate heat.
  7. When cakes are brown on one side, turn carefully and brown the other side.
  8. Cooking time approximately 5 to 8 minutes.
  9. Drain on absorbent paper.
Serves 6.

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