15 Easy Old Bay Crab Cake Recipes To Make At Home

Crab cakes are a delicious delicacy we can all enjoy, but, Old Bay crab cakes are on a whole new level of yum. In this article, we will be looking at 15 recipes for Old Bay Crab Cakes.

Which Old Bay crab cake recipes are the best, and what kinds of crab cakes are there? By the end of this article, hopefully, we will have an answer for you. 

What is an Old Bay Crab Cake?

What if you have never heard of an Old Bay Crab Cake? The first thing we must do is identify what exactly Old Bay is. In the simplest terms, it is a seasoning that is especially delicious to pair with seafood.

Old Bay originated in Baltimore, Maryland, and was first invented by a German refugee named Gustav Brunn in 1939. It is a blend of 18 different spices, such as celery salt, black pepper, red pepper flakes, paprika, and several other perfectly complementary spices. 

So, to answer the question, an Old Bay Crab cake is merely a crab cake that utilizes the Old Bay seasoning in the recipe. 

Classic Maryland Crab Cakes by Fine Cooking

Classic Maryland Crab Cakes by Fine Cooking
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This no-fuss yet delicious crab cake recipe is easy to make and will not disappoint. The recipe itself is no fuss and gets straight into the ingredients and instructions, so you can avoid wading through tons of information before getting to what you need to make these classic crab cakes. 

If you want to make a crab cake that is flavorful, flaky, and laced with the Old Bay seasoning, this is a great recipe to start with. Especially if you have never made crab cakes before. These delicious crab cakes can grace your supper table if you check out the Fine Cooking recipe.

Old Bay Crab Cakes by Mission Food Adventure

If you would like to get a taste of crab cakes from the origins of the Old Bay seasoning, the Mission Food Adventure recipe is a great place to start. As a whole, making these crab cakes should only take you 45 minutes, and serve 8 people.

These decadent Old Bay crab cakes are perfect, delectable, and best of all you can easily make them from scratch in your own home. With easy instructions and helpful information on selecting the best kind of crab meat, the Mission Food Adventure recipe is a fantastic place to begin your culinary quest. 

Paula Deen’s Savannah Crab Cakes by Delish

A little added spice to your crab cakes is always a plus for those that enjoy flavorful or spicy food. This recipe does a great job of creating a delicious, succulent, and tasty crab cake.

The added mustard powder, hot sauce, and Worcestershire sauce combine to really enhance the delicate taste of the crab. The recipe itself is wonderfully simple which makes it easy to just follow along and make yourself a delicious crab cake dish.

If you think that this is the crab cake recipe for you, have a look at the Delish recipe and fry yourself some delightful Old Bay crab cakes.

Crab Cake Bites by Southern Living 

These deliciously sour and succulent crab cake bites are quick and easy to make. They only take about 1 hour 30 minutes before you can dig in and get a delightful bite of these crab cakes.

The quantities this recipe calls for will serve 6 people so if you need more you may have to add to the recipe. The way that Southern Living layout its recipe for crab cakes makes it incredibly easy to follow along at home.

The simple instructions and helpful information will make it easy for even a beginner to make these crab cake bites. If you would like to get a bit of these crab cakes, check out the Southern Living recipe. 

Baltimore-Style Crab Cakes by NYT Cooking

Classic Baltimore crab cakes are always a winner, and these are easily as delicious as ones you might find in a restaurant. Not only are these Baltimore-style crab cakes tasty, but they are also extremely quick to make.

They should take you around 15 minutes to assemble and cook if you know what you are doing. In addition, this recipe will yield 12 crab cakes, so you can make this dish for your friends with ease. 

If these Baltimore-style crab cakes are exactly what you are craving for supper, have a look at the NYT Cooking’s recipe and enjoy.

Fresh Jumbo Lump Maryland Crab Cakes by Happily Unprocessed

If you have some Chesapeake crab meat this recipe will certainly make a delightful meal from them. The Happily Unprocessed recipe is a great fit for anyone that wants to make healthy choices and pick ingredients that are unprocessed and make delicious food.

The recipe itself is really simply written which makes it super easy for you to follow along at home. If you are interested in making some delicious jumbo lump crab meat for your evening meal this will be a fantastic recipe.

Air Fryer Crab Cakes by Flavor Dance

Do you have an air fryer you would like to get more use out of? Well, this recipe shows you how you can make perfect, flaky crab cakes while using an air fryer. The Flavor Dance’s recipe shows you how you can make a delicious crab cake and an Old Bay aioli, so you can make it yourself and enjoy it from home.

Best of all this recipe takes 20 minutes, including prep time and cook time, so you do not have to wait long to eat your crab cakes. Add the yummy Old Bay aioli, and you will have a meal that can’t be beaten.

Gluten-Free Crab Cakes by Mama Knows Gluten-Free

Do you love crab cakes, but are you gluten intolerant? This recipe will help you out Mama Knows Gluten Free’s recipe shows you exactly how you can go about making this delicious, flavorful and flaky meal. The recipe is extremely simple and allows you to follow along at home with ease.

Overall, the gluten-free crab cakes should only take you 1 hour to make and make enough for 6 servings. If you are interested in making these gluten-free crab cakes, have a look at Mama Knows Gluten Free’s recipe and make yourself a delicious dinner to die for. 

Crab Cakes with Lemon Aioli by Chef Savvy

Crab cakes with lemon aioli are a winning combination and the Chef Savvy does a fantastic job of showing you exactly how you can make this delicious meal. From detailing each ingredient and how much you need.

To simple instructions, this recipe is sure to leave you successful with and eating these delectable flaky crab cakes. The crab cakes with lemon aioli should only take you 30 minutes to make, so if you are struggling for time and still want a delicious and flavorful meal this is a great recipe for you.

The quantities the Chef Savvy’s recipe recommends should make you enough for 4 servings, so you should have some leftovers or enough to share with a few friends. 

Crab Cake Poppers with Old Bay Aioli by Island Life, NC

Crab Cake Poppers with Old Bay Aioli by Island Life, NC
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Crab cake poppers are a great dish if you are looking for delicious finger food you can snack on before the main meal. Topping it all off with a perfectly complementary Old Bay aioli this is sure to be a hit with your friends or family.

This recipe should take you just about 1 hour to be completely ready to eat. This recipe has really clear instructions making it extremely easy to follow from home.

If you like the sound of this recipe, take a look at the Island Life NC recipe and make yourself a delicious savory treat. 

Artichoke-Chickpea Vegan “Crab” Cakes by Vanilla Bean

We have not forgotten about our vegan friends, this pseudo crab cake dish is a fantastic and great option for anybody that lives a vegan lifestyle. This recipe does not sacrifice taste and texture because their options are reduced.

Best of all, this artichoke-chickpea vegan crab cake is extremely easy to make, so you can enjoy this delicious meal from the comfort of your own home. The recipe is written in simple terms, so it is easy to follow along.

Your crab cakes should be ready to eat after 55 minutes, this includes prep time and cooking time. If you think that this recipe is a great fit for you, have a look at the Vanilla and Bean recipe and make yourself a delicious and healthy crab cake alternative. 

Maryland Backfin Crab Cake Sliders by On Ty’s Plate

The sweet and succulent backfin crab meat is perfect for this delicious Maryland crab cake slider dish. This recipe not only shows you how to make perfectly crispy and delicious crab cakes it shows you how to make a complimentary Old Bay mayo sauce which just brings this delicious meal to life.

The recipe itself is well laid out and uses images in addition to simple instructions to show you exactly how your crab cakes should look at each point. Overall, this recipe should take you only 25 minutes to complete plus 1 hour to let the mixture rest and makes enough for 12 servings.

If you think that this recipe is exactly what you are looking for, check out the On Ty’s Plate recipe and make yourself some delicious crab cakes. 

Baked Crab Cakes with Jalapeño, Old Bay Tartar by Take Two Tapas

Baked Crab Cakes with Jalapeño, Old Bay Tartar by Take Two Tapas
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If you would like an extra kick to your crab cakes this is the best recipe to scratch that itch. The delicious and flaky crab meat will be topped with an incredible Old Bay tartar sauce, and this recipe shows you exactly how to perform all the steps, so you can make yourself some divine and tasty crab cakes for your dinner.

Overall, this recipe should take you about 25 minutes and should be enough to make 20 crab cakes. If you want to have a go making these lovely baked crab cakes with jalapeños have a look at the Take Two Tapas recipe and make yourself a delicious feast. 

Crispy Baked Maryland Crab Cakes by Simply Scratch

This recipe will make you 8 perfectly flaky and mouth-watering crab cakes filled to the brim with jumbo crab meat. The mixtures of ingredients in this recipe all mix to create a perfectly flavored crab cake.

The shallot, lemon juice, pickled radish, old bay, and everything else that goes into these crab cakes all work perfectly together to create a delectable and flavorful crab cake.

Best of all this recipe will only take you 15 minutes and serves about 4 people if each person gets two crab cakes. 

Crab Cakes by Grandbaby Cakes 

If you want a recipe that will keep you coming back time and time again, you have to try out Grandbaby Cakes’ recipe.

The flaky, spicy, and flavorful combination of ingredients are to die for, and to top it all off this recipe is easy and fast to make. From preparing your ingredients to frying or baking your crab cakes, you should be ready to eat in just under an hour.

Best of all this recipe will serve up to 6 people, so can make it for your family or friends with minimal fuss. 


That is all for this article, hopefully seeing all 15 of these crab cake recipes will inspire you to get in the kitchen and make a batch for yourself. They are quick and easy to make and are absolutely delicious.

Now that you have all these recipes at your disposal, make sure to pick one and go for it if you want to taste a yummy homemade crab cake.

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