Classic Maryland Crab Cakes

This crab cake is the real deal--no fussy stuff, no flavor disguises. Just pure, sweet crab meat, and lots of it. You add in just enough egg and fresh bread crumbs to bind the crabmeat together. White sandwich bread yields the absolute best cakes--soft and flaky at the same time. Use just enough Old Bay seasoning to give a hint of its presence or it will overpower the crab.



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Ingredients
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    1   pound 
    jumbo lump or backfin lump crabmeat, fresh or pasteurized
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    1   
    large egg
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    1/4  cup 
    mayonnaise
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    1 1/2  teaspoons 
    Dijon mustard
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    1 1/2  teaspoons 
    Old Bay seasoning
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    1   teaspoon 
    fresh lemon juice
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    1/2  teaspoon 
    Worcestershire sauce Kosher salt
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    1 1/4  cups 
    fresh breadcrumbs (from soft white sandwich bread, such as Pepperidge Farm)
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    1   tablespoon 
    chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
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    2   tablespoons 
    unsalted butter
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    1   tablespoon 
    olive oil
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    Lemon wedges for serving

Directions
1.
Drain the crabmeat, if necessary, and pick through it for shells ( jumbo lump will not have shells). Put the crab in a medium mixing bowl and set aside.
2.
In a small bowl, whisk the egg, mayonnaise, mustard, Old Bay seasoning, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Scrape the mixture over the crab and mix gently until well combined. Gently break up the lumps with your fingers but do not overmix.
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Sprinkle the breadcrumbs and the parsley over the mixture, and mix them in thoroughly but gently; try not to turn the mixture into a mash--it should still be somewhat loose. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 to 3 hours.
4.
Shape the crab mixture into 8 cakes about 1 inch thick. In a 12-inch nonstick skillet, heat the butter with the olive oil over medium heat. When the butter is frothy, add the cakes to the pan (8 should fit comfortably). Cook until dark golden brown on the underside, about 4 minutes. Flip the cakes, reduce the heat to medium low, and continue cooking until the other side is well browned, 4 to 5 minutes. Serve with lemon wedges on the side for squeezing over the cakes.
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