Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 1 large egg

  2. 3 tablespoons mayonnaise

  3. 1 1/2 teaspoons English-style dry mustard, or to taste

  4. 1/4 cup chopped drained bottled pimiento

  5. 3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley leaves

  6. 1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning (available at fish markets and some supermarkets) if desired

  7. 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

  8. 2 dashes of Tabasco, or to taste

  9. 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, or to taste

  10. 1/4 teaspoon salt

  11. 1 pound backfin or lump crab meat, picked over

  12. 3/4 cup finely crushed Saltines (about 20 crackers)

  13. 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  14. 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

  15. lemon wedges as an accompaniment

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. In a large bowl whisk together the egg, the mayonnaise, the mustard, the pimiento, the parsley, the Old Bay Seasoning, the Worcestershire sauce, the Tabasco, the pepper, and the salt, add the crab meat and 1/4 cup of the Saltines, and toss the mixture gently. Spread the remaining 1/2 cup Saltines on a plate, form the crab mixture with a 1/3-cup measure gently into eight 3/4-inch-thick patties, and coat the top and bottoms of each patty carefully with the Saltines, transferring the crab cakes as they are formed to a sheet of wax paper. In a large skillet heat the oil and the butter over moderately high heat until the foam subsides and in the fat sauté the crab cakes, in batches if necessary, for 1 to 2 minutes on each side, or until they are golden, transferring them as they are cooked to a heated platter. Serve the crab cakes with the lemon wedges.


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