Crab Cakes

Shirley’s Original Crab Cakes

Developed by Shirley Phillips, co-founder and co-owner of Phillips Foods and Seafood Restaurants, this is the original crab cake recipe first used in Phillips Crab House in Ocean City, MD, in 1956, and is the same recipe used in all Phillips Seafood Restaurants today. Shirley’s Eastern Shore roots are showcased in every bite of these delicious crab cakes!
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8 oz. Phillips Crab Meat
1/2 tsp. Phillips Seafood Seasoning
1 egg
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/8 tsp. ground mustard
1 Tbsp. Hellmann’s mayonnaise
1/2 tsp. lemon juice
1 1/2 tsp. mustard
1 1/2 tsp. melted butter
1/2 tsp. parsley flakes
1/4 c. breadcrumbs or Ritz crackers, finely crushed

Cooking Instructions
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except for crab meat.
  • Gently fold in the crab meat, being careful not to break up the lumps.
  • Shape into cakes.
  • Pan fry or bake at 375° for 12-15 minutes or until evenly brown on each side and reaches an internal temperature of 165°.
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