Crab Cake

Grandma’s Crab Cakes

Thanks to our friend Karen for sharing her grandmother's crab cake recipe. I've been spoiled by this recipe and seldom order crab cakes in restaurants because of it. Read our post for more info...
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This recipe will make 10 – 12 crab cakes.  The crab cakes are rich so most people will only eat 1 or 2 (this recipe can easily be cut in half).


Crab Cakes:
2 eggs
3 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
3 teaspoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons prepared mustard
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 teaspoons dry mustard
2 teaspoons Old Bay Seasoning
2 pounds canned lump crabmeat
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1 cup breadcrumbs
4 tablespoons butter

Tartar Sauce (optional):
1 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
2 teaspoons lemon juice
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste


Crab Cakes:

  • In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, prepared mustard, mayonnaise, dry mustard, and Old Bay Seasoning.
  • Gently fold in the crabmeat, parsley and breadcrumbs.
  • Shape the crab mixture into serving size patties, about 3″ in diameter by 1″ thick.
  • Cover loosely with plastic wrap and refrigerate a minimum of 2 hours.
  • When ready to cook the crab cakes, heat a griddle or large, flat frying pan over medium heat.  Melt the butter.  Saute the crab cakes in the butter, turning, until both sides are nicely browned (about 4-5 minutes on each side).
  • Serve immediately.  Crab cakes can be served plain or with tartar sauce.

Tartar Sauce:

  • Combine mayonnaise, relish, lemon juice, and pepper.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve.

*Note:  Total time for our crab cake recipe includes 2 hours standing time in the refrigerator.

Total time: 3* hr | Prep: 30 min | Cook: 15-20 min

2 responses to “Grandma’s Crab Cakes”

  1. Karen says:

    Aww, Mammaw would be proud!!

    • Hostess says:

      Karen, I love that you shared her recipe and that her legacy lives on so deliciously in our lives. I still have the e-mail (from 13 years ago!) where you shared the recipe. In the directions you said, “…Saute in butter…Serve to your drunken friends…” We try and follow your directions precisely.

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