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3 crabcakes on a serving platter with green onions on top - overhead view

Maryland Crab Cakes (Baked or Fried)

These classic Maryland crab cakes are made with sweet, juicy chunks of lump crab with VERY minimal filler - just enough to hold them together while it pan-fries in delicious butter.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 147kcal



  • Combine all the ingredients (except butter) together in a bowl. Use a rubber spatula and fold ingredients together carefully, making sure not to break up the pieces of lump crab.
  • Form the mixture into 4 equally sized balls and place on a plate. Chill in the fridge for 1 hour. This will help to make sure your crab cakes don't fall apart.
  • Heat the butter in skillet over medium heat. Add the crab cakes and cook for 3-5 minutes until golden brown on the bottom.
  • Use a spatula to flip the crab cakes and lightly press down on each one to form into a cake instead of a ball. Cook for 2-4 minutes, until golden brown.
  • Remove the crab cakes and sprinkle with minced green onions (optional) and serve with crab cake sauce.

Baking Instructions (if you prefer to bake instead of pan-frying them)

  • Form into patties per instructions above.
  • Bake on a parchment paper lined baking sheet at 450F degrees for 10-12 minutes, flipping halfway, until golden brown.



    1. Place the uncooked crab cakes in the freezer for 20 minutes before cooking for the best results. This helps them to stay together while cooking.
    2. Use a nonstick skillet to prevent sticking.
    3. Use a thin, flat spatula to flip the crab cakes - the thinner the better as it's easier to get underneath them and flip without incident!
    4. Make sure to keep the temperature of the pan at medium - any higher and the butter will start to burn.


Serving: 1crab cake | Calories: 147kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 597mg | Potassium: 145mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 105IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 1.3mg