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Tips for Making Crab Cakes

Maryland crab cakes

Ever wonder what a perfect Maryland crab cake taste like? Stop by Basta Pasta and find out before trying to make one yourself!

Maryland Crab Cakes are a complete delicacy. Want to know how to make them so you can have tasty and luxurious Maryland Crab Cakes whenever your heart desires? Come by Basta Pasta for crab cake inspiration and then try out these handy tips to make something truly incredible.

Choose High Quality Crab

You simply can’t get that delicious crab cake flavor without the right crabs. For best results, choose high quality lump crab meat. The finer the crab, the better the cakes.

Be Gentle

While mixing your crab meat with binder and other ingredients be gentle. Overmixing can break apart the lumps of crab and ruin that irresistible texture.  

On Filler

The less filler you use the more delicious your crab cakes will be, however, this also makes them more delicate. If you choose to use a very small amount of filler, chill your crabcakes for a half hour before sauteeing them to make sure they stay together, and you get crab cakes rather than crab hash.

Get Creative With Crumbs

While many recipes call for plain breadcrumbs, you don’t have to limit yourself to them by any means. There are numerous types of bread and bread crumbs out there to experiment with. These include panko, Japanese bread crumbs, cracker crumbs, and even cereal crumbs.


Crab is a relatively mild and succulent seafood flavor that pairs well with a number of different flavor profiles and spices. Fresh herbs like thyme and parsley are a classic friend of the crab cake. Lemon zest, onion, and minced garlic are other excellent flavors to add.

Consistency Is Key

If all of your crab cakes are different sizes, they will not cook uniformly, which can be quite a pain. To make sure all of your crab cakes are the same size, use an ice cream scoop to shape them.

Delicious Maryland Crab Cakes from Basta Pasta

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