Welcome to a culinary tour of the East Coast—a journey through the history of Boardwalk Style Crab Cakes. This classic dish has been a staple of the Atlantic Coast for decades, with its popularity reaching far beyond the states of Maine, Maryland, and New Jersey.
The dish is believed to have originated in the late 19th century, when Marylanders began crafting crab cakes out of the abundant Chesapeake Blue Crab. The classic Boardwalk Style Crab Cakes are made with a mixture of fresh jumbo lump crabmeat and a blend of traditional spices and herbs. To this day, many of the best crab cakes are still made using the same classic recipe.
Over the years, Boardwalk Style Crab Cakes have become a beloved staple of the East Coast. Today, they’re served in restaurants, homes, and beachside stands throughout the region. If you’re looking to make this classic dish in your own kitchen, here’s a recipe for the perfect Boardwalk Style Crab Cakes.
Boardwalk Style Crab Cakes Recipe Ingredients:
• 2 pounds of jumbo lump crabmeat
• 1/2 cup of mayonnaise
• 2 teaspoons of Dijon mustard
• 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
• 2 tablespoons of fresh parsley, finely chopped
• 2 tablespoons of fresh chives, finely chopped
• 2 tablespoons of fresh tarragon, finely chopped
• 2 tablespoons of Old Bay seasoning
• 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
• 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper (for a spicy kick)
• 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
• 1/2 cup of Panko breadcrumbs
• 2 tablespoons of grapeseed oil (or other neutral oil)
• Mixing spoon
• Measuring cups and spoons
• Baking sheet
Crab Cake Cooking Instructions:
- In a large bowl, combine the mayonnaise, mustard, lemon juice, parsley, chives, tarragon, Old Bay seasoning, garlic powder, cayenne pepper and salt. Whisk until all ingredients are well combined.
- Gently fold in the crabmeat and Panko breadcrumbs until the mixture is evenly combined.
- Form the mixture into 4-inch patties. Place them on a lined baking sheet and chill for 30 minutes.
- Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
- Add the crab cakes to the hot skillet and cook for about 4 minutes per side, until golden brown.
- Serve with your favorite garnishes, such as tartar sauce, lemon wedges, and fresh herbs.
For a spicy kick, add a bit more cayenne pepper to the mixture before forming the patties. You can also top the finished crab cakes with a spicy sauce or a sprinkle of hot sauce.
These Boardwalk Style Crab Cakes are the perfect way to bring the tastes of the East Coast to your own kitchen. Enjoy!
Love crab and need ideas for other meals? Try out this tasty crab melt sandwich recipe.