The History of Crab Cakes: Box Hill Crab Cakes, Maryland’s Best Crab Cakes


The History of Crab Cakes: Box Hill Crab Cakes, Maryland’s Best Crab Cakes

history of crab cakes

Discover the history of crab cakes!

As Maryland natives, we have been gladly devouring crab cakes for as long as we can remember. But how many of us have actually stopped to contemplate the history of one of our Maryland treats, the crab cake? Like all of our favorite foods, the history of crab cakes is long. Read on for an introduction to this tasty Bayside snack.


The History of Crab Cakes

Food historians traditionally trace the origins of the crab cake back to the American colonies, whose early settlers adopted English minced meat cake recipes and modified them to use what they had, which included crab meat! Since that time, crab cakes continued to grow in popularity, appearing in countless cookbooks throughout history.

It was not until 1930 in Crosby Gaige’s New York World’s Fair Cook Book, however, that the term “Crab Cake” appears in print, at which time they referred to the delicacy as a “Baltimore crab cakes.”


Crab Cakes Today

Crab cake recipes have changed little since their inception in colonial times (although everyone has their own special twist to the traditional crab cake recipe, like Box Hill’s secret family recipe). What has changed, is the availability of crab cakes today. Did you know that you can now order your crabcakes online? At Box Hill, you can order delicious, handmade crab cakes from the comfort of your home and have them delivered to you safely and efficiently.


Life Doesn’t Get Much Better Than That!

The history of crab cakes tells us that Marylanders have been enjoying crab in all its forms for many years. If you have any questions about how to enjoy crab cakes at Box Hill, please contact Box Hill by calling 410-515-3662 or visit


About Box Hill Crab Cakes:

With a strong commitment to customer service and satisfaction in a family-friendly environment, what once was a small eat-in, carry-out seafood restaurant has expanded to a popular regional eatery with long-time, faithful customers who come in weekly to enjoy the “World Famous Crab Cakes,” incredible Italian dishes, authentic Greek specialties and delicious hot and cold subs to name just a few of the menu favorites. Voted one of Maryland’s best restaurants for crabcakes, give us a try and you too will be a satisfied customer who will be back for more!


Boxhill’s Crabcakes, made from a secret family recipe, have grown in popularity for over 25 years.


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The History of Crab Cakes

Food Timeline FAQs: lobster, crab, shrimp & oysters

Encyclopedia of American Food and Drink, John F. Mariani [Lebhar Friedman:New York] 1999 (p. 103)

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