What Makes A Maryland Crab Cake? - Boxhill Crabcakes


What Makes A Maryland Crab Cake?

Contrary to popular belief, Maryland is not the only state to serve a crab cake. Different variations of crab cakes can be found across the nation, but there is something different about a Maryland crab cake. For decades, a Maryland crab cake has been a signature seafood dish of the state. Natives of Maryland can see and taste the difference between a Maryland crab cake and an “imposter.” So what makes the difference when it comes to the Maryland crab cake?


Quite honestly, this question continues to be debated. Some will argue that the difference comes from the flavors brought by using Old Bay Seasoning, another native of Maryland. Others will debate that it’s the use of onions and green peppers when mixing the crab cake. Some will insist it’s the use of the backfin met only within a Maryland crab cake. There is also the question of bread crumb to crab meat ratio when creating a Maryland crab cake in comparison to other crab cakes.

One thing that all Maryland natives can agree on? A crab cake is only considered a Maryland crab cake when it is made using only the meat from a Maryland blue crab. That signature sweetness of our state crustacean is the highlight of any crab cakes, which is why Box Hill makes our famous crab cakes with only blue crab meat. Come in to see us or order our Maryland crab cakes online to have delivered right to your front door!

Not sure how to cook your crab cakes? Here are your steps!

  1. For 8-10 minutes, preheat your over at a temperature of 425 degrees.
  2. Use a pan without grease, using only a small amount of butter or water to cook your crab cakes on.
  3. Cook crab cakes for about 20 minutes, depending on your oven. Crab cakes should be firm and have a golden brown top with an internal temperature of 145 degrees.


Located in Abingdon, Maryland, our crab cakes are available year round and can be ordered online to be shipped straight to your front door. Order online here or call us at (410)-515-3662. If you ever have any questions or comments about Box Hill or our Maryland crab cakes, use our contact form here.


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