Make this: The Robert Morris Inn's Maryland crab cakes

October is National Seafood Month – celebrate with this recipe for crispy Maryland-style crab cakes from chef Mark Salter of the Robert Morris Inn.

Authentic Maryland crab cakes recipe

Serves 4

Preparation time 15 minutes

Cooking time 20 minutes


  • 1 pound jumbo lump crab meat
  • ⅓ cup heavy duty mayonnaise
  • 1 ½ tsp Old Bay Seasoning
  • 2 ½ tsp Dijon mustard
  • ½ tsp chopped tarragon
  • 1 Tbsp chopped Italian parsley
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • zest from half a lemon
  • 1 egg
  • ⅛ cup + 2 Tbsp panko bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup panko breadcrumbs to dip finished crab cakes


  1. Mix together mayonnaise, mustard, Old Bay Seasoning, tarragon, parsley, lemon juice, lemon zest and egg.
  2. Fold in crab meat and bread crumbs and let rest for 1 hour before shaping into 5 ½ ounce cakes.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  4. Dip shaped crab cake in panko bread crumbs on both sides.
  5. Sauté in olive oil until crisp on both sides. Finish in the oven for 7-10 minutes.