If you've ever picked a Maryland blue crab, you know how much work goes into extracting its sweet, delicate meat. So it's no wonder that an equally popular dish in Annapolis and the Chesapeake Bay is the Maryland crab cake. This more refined cousin of its steamed version possesses the same succulent taste but requires no banging of mallets or soiling of one's fingertips with a thick coating of spicy seasoning.

Old Bay Crab cakes in AnnapolisEssentially, the crab cake is little more than a healthy mound of our bay's most popular bounty, the Maryland blue crab-but with a little extra something. Without that something extra, it wouldn't be a Maryland crab cake. It would be just an ordinary crab cake.

Sure, other states serve crab cakes. But if you're lucky enough to have feasted on a Maryland crab cake, you know those out-of-state ones simply don't compare. So, what's the secret behind our state's savory, rich crab cakes?

Some say it's filler; or, rather, the lack of filler you'll find in quality Maryland crab cakes that makes them so delicious. But there's more to the Maryland crab cake than sweet, lump crab meat.

Most folks native to Annapolis and the Chesapeake Bay would agree that in order to make the quintessential, mouth-watering Maryland crab cake, you've got to have Old Bay. This special blend of 18 herbs and spices is produced in Maryland, found on the shelves in most Maryland kitchens, and sprinkled generously into Maryland crab cakes.

In fact, on the side of the Old Bay can, in fine print, is a recipe for the Maryland crab cake. With a nod to McCormick & Co., Inc., which manufactures Old Bay, we reprint the classic Old Bay Maryland Crab Cake recipe here. Make some yourself or, better yet, come to Annapolis and the Chesapeake Bay and enjoy a Maryland crab cake in one of our fine seafood restaurants. For a complete listing of seafood restaurants that serve up the delicious local delicacy, click here.=


2 slices bread, crusts removed 2 tbsp. mayonnaise 2 Tsp. OLD BAY Seasoning 2 tsp. parsley flakes ½ tsp. prepared yellow mustard 1 egg, beaten 1 lb. crab meat


Mix bread, mayonnaise, OLD BAY, parsley, mustard and egg in large bowl until well blended. Gently stir in crabmeat. Shape into 4 patties. Broil 10 minutes without turning or fry until golden brown on both sides. Sprinkle with additional OLD BAY, if desired.

Check out our complete listing of crab houses in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County that offer crab cakes.