Homemade Carolina Crab Cakes Recipe :)

Oh my goodness, I can’t believe this was our first time making homemade Crab Cakes!  Y’all, they were SO DELICIOUS!!  Crab Cakes have always been my favorite go-to order at a restaurant because it was the one seafood meal that I hadn’t ever spent the time making at home.  I guess because it’s not something that we typically try to catch a lot of and even if we did…..lets be honest….picking all those crabs to have enough meat for a big batch of homemade Carolina Crab Cakes would take A LOT of time 🙂 haha!  Plus, we are so fortunate to catch a lot of fresh fish that we never felt the need to go out and buy anything else….but we finally decided to give it a go! I was so excited!! I couldn’t WAIT!

So, the other day when we had that big afternoon thunderstorm coming our way (and Mack and I couldn’t hop in the boat for any fishing adventures) – we thought it would be a perfect time to finally make some crab cakes! 🙂  We drove over to O’Neals SeaHarvest in Wanchese to pick up our Crab Meat.  We went with 1 LB of Jumbo Lump Crab Meat packaged locally by Mattamuskeet Seafood in Swan Quarter, NC.  To be honest, the mixture for making homemade crab cakes is super simple but the crab meat itself is what is expensive…..but it’s worth it from time to time or for a special occasion.  Here is our recipe below!  Feel free to add a little less or a little more for your liking!  

Homemade Blue Crab – Crab Cakes

  • 1 LB of Jumbo Lump Crab Meat (Blue Crab)
  • 2 Eggs
  • 3/4 Cup of Panko
  • 1/2 of A Large Onion – Finely Chopped
  • Fresh Chopped Parsley (we used about 1/4 Cup)
  • Freshly Chopped Green Onion (we used about 1/4 Cup)
  • 4-5 Tablespoons of Duke’s Mayonnaise
  • 1-2 Tablespoons of Dijon Mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice (I probably used a little more than that because I’m obsessed with lemon 🙂 )
  • 1 Tablespoon of Worcestershire
  • 1 teaspoon of Old Bay Seasoning
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Garlic Powder

Making your crab cakes is simple!  Just add ALL of the ingredients above….EXCEPT for the crab meat itself and get it all well combined.  Once you feel its a good texture and mixed well then slowly add in little bits of crab meat and continue stirring it until everything is well combined and your crab meat is pulled apart a little bit more.  We like some pieces of the crab meat to be junkier and then some more falling apart too!  If you have all your meat super thick like it is when it comes out of the container then your cakes won’t hold together as well.  Once you’ve combined all the ingredients together….then cover it and let it sit for a little while in the fridge!  After an hour or however long you keep it in the fridge….take it out and form your cakes and then toss them in more panko and then cook them however ya like!  We pan seared ours with a little bit of olive oil.  We did a medium heat for 3-5 minutes per side!

I can’t even tell you how delicious they were!!  We are going to make them again for my dads birthday this week and I know he will love them too!  So, if y’all ever wanna try and make some homemade crab cakes, give this recipe a try!  Let me know if you do!  Maybe invite us over for dinner that night too 🙂  Oh yea, and eat LOCAL – FRESH caught – NC Seafood 🙂  Cheers!