Maryland Style Crab Cakes

A recipe taken from America: The Cookbook
Maryland Style Crab Cakes
Maryland Style Crab Cakes

Maine lobster meat, chilled and mixed with mayonnaise and celery, is spooned into a buttered, toasted bun. Choose an active lobster; it should flip its tail back and move its claws when handled. Live lobsters should ideally be cooked the same day they are purchased but they may be kept in the refrigerator, in a pan covered with a cold damp towel, for up to 24 hours.

Preparation time: 20 minutes, plus cooling and chilling time
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Serves: 4


Per person:

2 live lobsters (1 1/2 lb/680 g each)
4 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 small stalks celery, minced (optional)
4 tablespoons (60 g) butter, softened
4 top-loader (split-top) hot dog rolls
Lemon wedges


In a large stockpot fitted with a steamer rack, bring 4 inches (10 cm) water to a boil. Lower the lobsters into the pot, cover, and steam until deep red, about 14 minutes. Remove each lobster from the pot one at a time. Slice a crack in the shell. If the meat is white, then the lobster is cooked. If it is still translucent, then it needs more time to cook. Let the fully cooked lobsters cool until they can comfortably be handled. Remove the meat from the tails, knuckles, and claws. (Save the shells for stock.) Cut the lobster meat into large chunks and mix with the mayonnaise and celery (if using). Chill for 1 hour. Spread each bun with 1 tablespoon (15 g) butter on the inside. Heat a frying pan over medium heat, add the buttered rolls, and toast open side down. Fill the buns with the chilled lobster mixture and serve with lemon wedges.



With 800 home-cooking recipes, America: The Cookbook is a celebration of the remarkable diversity of American food and food culture state by state. Features 50 essays and menus from a 'who's who' of 100 foremost food experts and chefs.

America: The Cookbook is the first book to document comprehensively – and celebrate – the remarkable diversity of American cuisine and food culture. A thoroughly researched compendium of 800 home-cooking recipes for delicious and authentic American dishes, America: The Cookbook explores the country's myriad traditions and influences, regional favourites and melting-pot fusion – the culinary heritage of a nation, from appetizers to desserts and beyond. A unique state-by-state section features essays and menus from a 'who's who' of 100 foremost food experts and chefs.