Maryland Crab Cakes

Maryland is famous for it’s crab cakes, and you can’t visit without trying them.  Maryland crab cakes are different than a lot of other crab cakes that are out there because they have more actual crab in them, whereas others have more breading in them and are often referred to as “deviled crab cakes”.  I like them both, and both are tasty, but once you have had the original; the best; it is hard to go back to something different.  When we travel, we love to eat the local foods, and the best places to go are where the locals eat.   So we asked the residents of Havre de Grace where to go and we were told MacGregor’s had the best crab cakes in town.  They were scrumptious.  We actually split one crab cake meal between us, and we each had some Maryland crab soup as well.  My husband had the Maryland crab soup with a tomato base, vegetables and potatoes, while I had the creamy crab soup that was more like a crab chowder.  Both were delicious, and added to our crab cake plate, it made the perfect Maryland meal.  MacGregor’s is located at the very most northern tip of the Chesapeake Bay, and the back of the restaurant faces the Bay.  So you get a fabulous, authentic seafood dinner with a fantastic view of the Chesapeake Bay all at the same location.



Havre de Grace is a town located at the northern most tip of the Chesapeake Bay.  It is  rich with history, dating back to the days of George Washington and the French troops of 1781.



Maryland Crab Cakes

1 lb lump crab meat

2 eggs, beaten

1/2 cup mayonnaise

lemon juice to taste

1 TBSP garlic

1 cup onion, chopped fine

1 cup red pepper, chopped fine

1 1/2 cups Panko bread crumbs

1 TBSP Worcestershire Sauce

1 TBSP malt vinegar

1 tsp paprika

cayenne pepper to taste

1 TBSP dry mustard

1 tsp parsley, chopped fine

salt & pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 375* F

Mix the eggs, mayonnaise, garlic, and lemon juice together and mix well.  Then add the remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly.   Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.  Form the crab mixture into patties that are palm sized and place on the prepared baking sheet.  Spray the top of the crab cakes with additional cooking spray.  Bake for 20 minutes, then broil for an additional 5 minutes.  Serve with lemon and tartar sauce.  MacGregor’s served their crab cakes on top of a large cracker.



***MacGregor’s is located at:

331 Saint John Street, Havre de Grace, MD 21078

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Author: ajeanneinthekitchen

I have worked in the restaurant and catering industry for 35 years. I attended 2 culinary schools in Southern California, and have a degree in culinary arts from the Southern California School of Culinary Arts, as well as a few other degrees in other areas. I love to cook and I love to feed people.

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