History of the Maryland Crab Cake - Boxhill Crabcakes


History of the Maryland Crab Cake

If you grew up in Maryland, you definitely grew up enjoying crabs, or more specifically, crab cakes. For many of us, enjoying crab cakes with family is one of our fondest memories. But have you ever wondered, “where did it all start?” or “what makes crab cakes a Maryland staple?” Look no further! We’re here to give you all of the details about the history of the Maryland Crab Cake.


Long ago, crabs were only available along the east and west coasts, but weren’t as popular as we know them to be today. They were thought to be dangerous and too difficult to eat. However, as time went on and fishermen began to master the art of accessing the meat within the crab, the crustacean started to become one of the most popular dishes along the coastlines. Here in Maryland, we know that crustacean to be the blue crab.

Blue crabs were some of the most abundant creatures in the Chesapeake Bay at the time, and for this reason crab became one of the most popular ingredients in Maryland. While many folk had been using crab in their recipes, combining the meat with spices and breadcrumbs or crackers, the term “crab cake” was first coined by Crosby Gaige in the 1930s. In his cookbook titled, New York World’s Fair Cook Book, he finally gave the popular recipe a name: “Baltimore Crab Cakes”.

Ever since, crab cakes have remained a staple of the state of Maryland for both taste and their benefit to the economy. However, this dish is not only limited to the east and west coasts anymore. Box Hill Crab Cakes is proud to ship our fresh award-winning Maryland crab cakes from our kitchen to your doorstep.

If you have any questions about our world famous Maryland Crab Cakes, please contact Box Hill Crabcakes by calling 410-515-3662 or feel free to order online. You won’t be disappointed! . If you ever have any questions or comments about Box Hill or our Maryland crab cakes, use our contact form here.

Located in Abingdon, Maryland, we have a strong commitment to customer service and satisfaction in a family-friendly environment. Boxhill Crab Cakes are proudly made from a secret family recipe and have grown in popularity for over 25 years.

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