Crab cakes are defined as patties composed of crab meat mixed with mayonnaise, spices, a variety of vegetables that are held together with egg and bread crumbs. They are cooked and served as an appetizer or as the main dish.
Different varieties of crab cakes can be found throughout the country, however, in my opinion, the absolute best is Maryland Crab Cakes.
Be aware though, there are many variations in ingredients, even within the state, on what makes up a true Maryland crab cake.
Some insist that the you must use green peppers and onions to make the traditional dish. Others use celery and parsley, and some recipes include no vegetables at all!
However, everyone is in agreement that a true Maryland crab cake must include two critical ingredients: Old Bay Seasoning and lump crab meat.
The Cooking Process…..
Just like there has been controversy in the ingredients, the cooking process is debated as well.
Crab cakes can be baked, fried or broiled. There are some stout natives that will insist that broiling is the traditional method of cooking.
However, my preferred method of cooking is on the stovetop with a little bit of olive oil.
Whatever way that you choose to cook your crab cakes, make sure to refrigerate them for at least an hour before cooking so that they can bind together properly. This will help prevent the patties from falling apart when cooking.
Serve with a horseradish sauce for a tangy kick or a simple mixture of mayonnaise, sour cream and sriracha sauce.
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