A Sunrise Recipe: Maryland Style Crabcake

Sunrise Senior Living  |  March 1, 2016

For this dish, a regular for our residents at The Quadrangle in Haverford, PA, our chef ‘s inspiration crossed state lines into neighboring Maryland, where crab cakes with Old Bay Seasoning are a statewide favorite.

The distinctive spice blend, created in 1939 by German immigrant Gustav Brunn, was originally called Delicious Brand Shrimp and Crab Seasoning before it was renamed Old Bay Seasoning. Its current name is derived from Old Bay Line, a steamship that ran from Baltimore, MD, to Norfolk, VA, in the early 1900s.

Crab is full of protein and omega-3 fatty acids, which help build muscle, protect against heart disease and support the immune system. Additionally, crab is low in fat and contains just 82 calories per 3-ounce serving.   

Maryland Style Crab Cake

Serves 6


  • 2 pounds jumbo lump crab 
  • ⅔ cup mayonnaise 
  • 2 large eggs 
  • 2 teaspoons Coleman’s dry mustard 
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh dill
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh chives
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • ½ cup vegetable oil


  1. Combine all ingredients except for the breadcrumbs and oil.  Toss gently to combine, taking care not to break up the crab.
  2. Divide the mixture evenly and form into cakes.
  3. Press the cakes in the breadcrumbs.
  4. Heat the oil over medium-high heat.  Sear the crab cakes on both sides until golden brown. 
  5. Transfer crab cakes to a baking sheet and finish in a 350°F oven until the internal temperature reaches 165°F, about 8 – 10 minutes.