Chef John's Crab Cakes


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!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
8 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 23 mins
4 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


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

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

  3. Sprinkle breadcrumbs on a plate.

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

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

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

297 Calories
15g Fat
11g Carbs
29g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 297
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 5g 26%
Cholesterol 151mg 50%
Sodium 728mg 32%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 29g
Vitamin C 4mg 21%
Calcium 93mg 7%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 511mg 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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