Original Old Bay Crab Cakes are a classic and beloved seafood dish, especially popular in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States. These crab cakes feature theiconic Old Bay Seasoning, known for its unique blend of herbs and spices, which perfectly complements the sweet, delicate flavor of the crabmeat. The result is a tender, flavorful crab cake with a crisp exterior, ideal for a sophisticated appetizer or a main course.
- 2 slices dried bread, crusts removed
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon parsley flakes
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 pound lump crabmeat
- Vegetable oil (for frying)
Begin by breaking the dried bread into small pieces. Place them in a small bowl and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of milk to moisten. Let the bread soak for a few minutes until it becomes soft.
In a large bowl, combine the softened bread pieces, 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce, 1 tablespoon of parsley flakes, 1 tablespoon of baking powder, 1 teaspoon of Old Bay Seasoning, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Mix these ingredients well to form a binding mixture.
Stir in the beaten egg to the mixture, ensuring it is well incorporated. This will help to bind the crab cakes and add moisture.
Carefully fold in 1 pound of lump crabmeat, trying to keep the lumps as intact as possible. This will provide texture and ensure that the crab is the star of the dish.
Shape the crab mixture into patties. You should get about 6 to 8 crab cakes, depending on the size you prefer.
Heat a thin layer of vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, gently place the crab cakes in the skillet.
Fry the crab cakes for about 4-5 minutes on each side or until they are golden brown and crispy on the outside. Be careful when flipping them to keep them intact.
Once cooked, remove the crab cakes from the skillet and place them on a plate lined with paper towels to drain any excess oil.
Serve the Original Old Bay Crab Cakes hot, accompanied by lemon wedges, tartar sauce, or a remoulade sauce. They also pair well with a fresh salad, coleslaw, or steamed vegetables.
- Handling Crab Meat: Handle the crab meat gently to maintain the lumps for a more enjoyable texture.
- Cooking in Batches: Do not overcrowd the skillet. Cook the crab cakes in batches if necessary.
- Breadcrumb Alternative: If you prefer, you can use breadcrumbs or crushed crackers instead of dried bread.
- Preparation Time: Approximately 20 minutes
- Cooking Time: 8-10 minutes
- Total Time: About 30 minutes
- Calories: Approximately 180-220 per crab cake (varies based on size and cooking method)
- Protein: 15-20g per crab cake
- Sodium: Varies based on the amount of Old Bay Seasoning and salt used
Original Old Bay Crab Cakes are a delightful treat that brings the taste of the sea to your table. They are perfect for seafood lovers and those who appreciate the unique flavor of Old Bay Seasoning. Whether served as an appetizer or as a main course, these crab cakes are sure to be a hit with their flavorful, tender interior and crispy exterior. Enjoy the authentic taste of a classic seafood dish with this simple yet delicious recipe!