Fresh Food FridayLabor Day Crab Cakes


Get ready for Labor Day weekend with this East Coast favorite. While growing up in Maryland, our Labor Day picnic was a seafood feast. The picnic table was covered in newspaper. Maryland blue fin crabs were steamed in Old Bay seasoning and put on a platter in the center of the table. Old Bay seasoning is a mix of celery salt, paprika, and black and red pepper, and is most commonly used on seafood. Cole slaw and buttered sweet corn were the sides, not to mention a pitcher of ice-cold beer!

In order to bring a taste of the East Coast to my Labor Day picnic here in Michigan, I like to serve Maryland crab cakes, the recipe of which can be found on the back of the Old Bay Seasoning can. Here’s the recipe.


Old Bay Seasoning Crab Cakes

  • 2 slices white bread, crusts removed and crumbled
  • 2 T. mayonnaise
  • 2 t. OLD BAY® Seasoning
  • 2 t. Parsley flakes
  • 1/2 t. Yellow Mustard
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 lb. lump crabmeat

Mix bread, mayonnaise, OLD BAY, parsley, mustard and egg in large bowl until well blended. Gently stir in crabmeat. Shape into 4 patties. (I like to refrigerate the patties for 30 minutes before cooking).

Broil 10 minutes without turning. (I like to fry the crab cakes in butter until they are golden brown on both sides). My favorite way is to serve them is on a bun with tartar sauce, with Coleslaw and buttered sweet corn as the sides. Enjoy!


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