Here at Box Hill, we take our Maryland crab cakes pretty seriously (just like the rest of Maryland), and we’ve been recognized for our crabby excellence. We wanted to take the time to spill some secrets about what makes our crab cakes some of the tastiest around. Here are some tips for some top-notch Maryland crab cakes.
You Had Me at Crab
The first step in any crab dish, Maryland crab cakes in particular, is getting good crab. What makes Maryland crab cakes so great is our access to the freshest blue crabs right from the source: the Chesapeake Bay. It’s tempting to take the easy route with canned or frozen crab meat, but frozen crab loses its tenderness and canned or pre-picked and pasteurized crab is wet, probably overcooked, and gives off an atrocious fishy smell. Start your crab cakin’ the right way with fresh caught crabs right from the Bay.
A Binding Contract
Beyond the quality of the crab meat, what separates awesome Maryland crab cakes from vaguely-crab-flavored-balls-of-stuff is the amount and type of binder or filler. Unlike ground beef, crab meat doesn’t have any fat to help it hold together in a patty (or cake) shape. At Box Hill we use just enough of our specially formulated binding mixture to keep our crab cakes together. A typical filler has egg for moisture and binding power, breadcrumbs for texture and starch, and a little bit of seasoning to complement the sweet and succulent crabmeat.
The Finishing Touch(es)
Once your crab cakes are portioned and shaped, we recommend sticking them in the fridge or freezer for just a little while so that the binding agent can set up a little bit to hold the consistency and make the cakes easier to handle during cooking. As for the cooking itself, there are generally two routes to take — pan fried or broiled. This one is totally a preference thing — broiling is a little bit healthier, but you’ll miss out on the buttery crispness you get from pan fried. Lastly, and by far most importantly, a dash of Old Bay turns your crabsterpiece into a true Maryland crab cake.
Of course, if you don’t have the time or energy to make your own crab cakes, we’ll do you the courtesy and send ‘em right to your door. It just takes a few clicks!
Box Hill Pizzeria: Your Maryland Crab Cake Experts
We take pride in our commitment to customer service, guest satisfaction, and family-friendly environment. Our carry-out seafood restaurant is a popular regional eatery with long-time, faithful customers who come in weekly to enjoy our famous crab cakes, incredible Italian dishes, authentic Greek specialties and delicious hot and cold subs to name just a few of the menu favorites.
Continually recognizes as 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!