There are crab cakes and then there are these Southern Style Crab Cakes. These southern crab cakes are served with a homemade tartar sauce. Try this delicious crab cake recipe and serve it either as an appetizer or a light meal.

Intensify the flavor with some spices and peppers, a few binding ingredients, but let the lump crab meat take the starring role.

Easy Southern Crab Cakes

I love seafood and I’m always looking for fun ways to cook it. Crab cakes are just so good, in general. You get chunks of that delicious crab meat with a blend of herbs, bread crumbs and delish flavor, particularly from the Old Bay Seasoning. Every bite of this crab cake is like heaven. This is the best crab cake recipe!
4 from 18 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Refrigerate 1 hour
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people


  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 pinch ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley finely chopped
  • 8 oz lump crab meat
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • olive oil for cooking


  • Combine egg, mayonnaise, Djon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, Old Bay Seasoning, salt, pepper, and parsley in bowl. Mix well.
  • Mix well.
  • Add the crab meat and the panko bread crumbs.
  • Fold in gently with a rubber spatula.
  • Divide the mixture in 4, and form 4 patties about 1-inch thick.
  • Place on a large plate, cover with plastic and refrigerate for, at least, 1 hour to help them set.
  • Once the crab cakes have refrigerated, heat 2 tablespoons of oil on a large non-stick skillet to medium heat.
  • Cook each crab cake for about 3-5 minutes per side until golden brown.
  • Serve with tartar sauce and lemon wedges.
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