recipe Chef John's Crab Cakes

Chef John’s Crab Cakes

Welcome to our delectable recipe for mouthwatering Crab Cakes! Indulge in the flavors of the sea with this irresistible dish that combines succulent crab meat, aromatic herbs, and a delightful blend of seasonings. Our Crab Cakes are a true culinary delight, boasting a crispy golden exterior and a tender, moist center that will leave your taste buds dancing with joy. Whether you’re hosting a special gathering or simply craving a scrumptious seafood treat, this recipe is sure to impress. Follow along as we guide you through the step-by-step process of creating these delectable Crab Cakes that are bound to become a favorite at your table. Get ready to savor the ocean’s bounty and elevate your dining experience with this sensational recipe!


  • 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.
Chef Johns Crab Cakes

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