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!
3.90 from 19 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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