A Brief History of Maryland Crab Cakes - Boxhill Crabcakes


A Brief History of Maryland Crab Cakes

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Maryland’s long history of crab cake fame is as fascinating at the meal itself is delicious!

Maryland is known for many things, including our Baltimore-based baseball team (a great thing) and our humidity (a terrible thing). At Box Hill Pizzeria, we are famous for one of the best exports of the state, delicious Maryland crab cakes. We aren’t just known for our awesome Maryland crab cakes, we’re also known for our speedy crab cake shipping to bring dinner to you. Here is a brief history of the delectable treats we know as Maryland crab cakes.

Regional Origin

Starting in the late 19th century, crabs were typically only enjoyed along the coastlines in the United States and Canada. Since transport and refrigeration were not yet modernized, crabs weren’t eaten outside of the region. The meat was also pretty difficult to access and small for the amount of payoff, especially when compared to other types of shellfish. Once consumers got the hang of harvesting crabs and the meat inside, they became a much more popular and accessible meal.

Blue Crabs

Blue crabs, our famous local variety, are most common throughout the Chesapeake Bay. They thrive in estuarial regions, including Maryland, so they are an incredibly popular mainstay on local menus. Blue crabs make a large quantity of eggs every year, so the crop is typically abundant (and perfect for our crab cake shipping!). Maryland crab cakes have been made with different ingredients and amounts of filler over time depending on the economy and blue crab crop.

Just about everyone in the Baltimore area has their own “perfect” Maryland crab cake recipe that has been handed down from generation to generation. Most recipes center around the same staple ingredients combined in different proportions or with slightly different seasonings for a new flavor. At Box Hill, we make all of our Maryland crab cakes with little to no filler and gigantic pieces of delicious Maryland crab.

Crab Crake Shipping from Box Hill Crab Cakes!

Box Hill Crab Cakes is your source for the freshest, most authentic Maryland crab cakes—and we’ll ship them to your door! Our top-secret family recipe has been fine tuned for decades and we guarantee you will love them, just like all of the voters in the Best of Howard County contest did. Visit us online to place your order or give us a call at 410-515-3662. Want to get recipe ideas, updates, and information on sales? Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Google+, Trip Advisor, YouTube, and Twitter.

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