Crab Cakes with Spicy Remoulade Sauce

Crab Cakes are the little meatloaves of the seafood world. They’re delicate little things, put together with flaky crab, bread crumbs and usually egg as a binder, but so, so delicious. If you’ve never experienced one, you should definitely give them a try. 

For one reason or another, I grew up considering crab cakes to be a Southern thing.

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But, crab cakes are mainly associated with places like Chesapeake Bay, not the South.

Don’t hate me, but I don’t consider Maryland being in the South. 

So, I pulled up the Mason-Dixon line and Maryland is right below it. Apparently Maryland is technically in the South!

I just don’t consider Baltimore “Southern”.

To me that’s like saying Birmingham, Alabama is “Mid Atlantic”. If you’re living in a state that is literally right below Pennsylvania, your ass is obviously not in the SOUTH.

I mean, WTF.

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No offense to Marylanders or anything, but y’all aren’t Southern.

At least not Southern Southern.

Let’s Talk About Crab Cakes

Crab cakes can be finicky little things to make.

Crab Cakes

Sometimes they fall apart without enough “stuff”; i.e., mayo or egg. Sometimes they’re dry.

Yes, they can be assholes because they’re delicate and crab is flaky.

You just have to play around with it and come up with the right balance of wet/dry. Do remember that even if they fall apart, they will still be delicious. 

But, the most important part to me is the dipping sauce. And when it comes to Remoulade sauce, I have to have mustard seeds. I have no idea why; but I have it in my head that it’s necessary. 

I will have it no other way.

The hot sauce is an absolute necessity. 

Crab Cakes

They may be a pain in the ass, but they’re so worth it.

Here’s your printable-

Crab Cakes

Crab Cakes with Spicy Remoulade Sauce



  • 1 cup lump crabmeat
  • 1/3 cup mayo
  • 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 dash hot sauce
  • 1/3 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp lemon pepper seasoning
  • 1 tsp Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • Handful of chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 2 tbsp canola oil

Spicy Remoulade Sauce:

  • 1 cup mayo
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp ketchup
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 dashes hot sauce


  1. Combine crab cake ingredients, except oil, in a mixing bowl and form into cakes.
  2. Heat oil over medium heat and brown crab cakes 3-4 minutes each side. Remove from heat.
  3. Whisk Remoulade ingredients together in a bowl and serve with crab cakes.

Did you make this recipe?

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p.s.  Have you ever had She Crab Soup? It is delectable!! I don’t have a recipe, but it is on the list.


  • Shea

    Shea Goldstein is a writer and the voice behind Dixie Chik Cooks. She's also a recipe developer and brand ambassador. She has been published in several media platforms such as Redbook, Parade, Food Blogger Magazine and more. She has been developing recipes and writing since 2009. Shea is a Southern Belle Who's Thinking About What's For Dinner While Eating Lunch

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Brian

    This isn’t the best crab cake recipe I’ve ever followed, it’s the best recipe I’ve ever followed!

    I’ve used this for a couple years now and every time I make it the crowd goes wild. My father in law actually got mad at me one time for “wasting” the leftover remoulade (after all crab cakes were consumed)! He wanted to take it home!

  2. Rene

    These look scrumptious. I’m making the crab cakes now, but am I reading this right? Is there really a raw egg in the remoulade sauce? I’ve looked over several other remoulade recipes, but have not found another one with raw egg.

  3. Karen H.

    North or South no matter. The only thing that matters is that you didn’t use a bunch of fillers, bell peppers the worst of the offenders. Thank you!

    Your recipe sounds fantastic, I just wish crab meat wasn’t so ridiculously expensive. Harumph.

    1. Shea

      Karen, you’re so right – the cost of crab meat is ridiculous!! And, oh no bell pepper lol. Thanks so much for visiting 🙂

  4. Oh my gosh! I love everything about this recipe! We had crab cakes at a restaurant this past weekend and enjoyed every morsel! I can’t wait to make them at home! Thank you for the great recipes!

    1. Shea

      Thanks Michaela! We love anything with crab.

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