Chef John's Crab Cakes

adsense 336x280 These are what crab cakes are supposed to be like. They are basically a fried lump of crabmeat, held together with a minimum of filler. Delicious!

Chef John's Crab Cakes

  • 8 saltine crackers, finely crushed
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon seafood seasoning (such as Old Bay®)
  • ¼ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • salt to taste
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 pound fresh crabmeat, well drained
  • ¼ cup dry bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons butter

 Step 1
Mix saltine crackers, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, seafood seasoning, Worcestershire sauce, egg, salt, and cayenne pepper in a large bowl.

 Step 2
Stir in crabmeat until mixture is combined but still chunky. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.

 Step 3
Sprinkle breadcrumbs on a plate.

 Step 4
Shape chilled crab mixture into 4 small thick patties; coat completely with bread crumbs.

 Step 5
Melt butter in a skillet over medium-heat; cook crab cakes until golden brown, about 4 minutes per side.


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