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About crab cakes

Crab cakes originated in Maryland in the 1930s. Crosby Gaige first used this term in the New York World's Fair Cook Book. This book featured "Baltimore Crab Cakes." While the concept of combining crab meat with spices and crackers or breadcrumbs likely existed before this time, the publication of this recipe gave the dish a recognizable name and began the crab cake's rise to fame.

Maryland blue crabs are used in the most traditional version of Maryland crab cakes. However, some products switch out Blue Swimmer crab meat in place of blue crab meat because it's a more affordable alternative. Maryland crab cakes are prepared in two main styles. Restaurant-style crab cakes are comprised entirely of crab meat in large chunks. The crab is pattied and either cooked on a buttered pan or broiled over an open flame. Boardwalk-style crab cakes contain other ingredients. They're typically made with egg and breadcrumbs or crackers as a filler. They also contain more spices and seasonings.

Crab cakes in the northern part of New England are often made with a thick cream sauce. Down in Louisiana, crab cakes are zestier with the addition of hot sauce and Cajun spices. These crab cakes contain flour in the mix. They're dipped in an egg wash and breading, then pan cooked in oil. Louisiana crab cakes are traditionally made with blue crabs.

You can make crab cakes at home, but purchasing prepared crab cakes is a faster, easier way to get this delicacy on your plate. You can purchase prepared crab cakes from several different brands. Check the label for more details on the exact ingredients used in a particular recipe. 

It's important to note that not all store-bought crab cakes actually contain crab. Check the packaging for terms like "imitation crab meat," which is typically made from pollock that is processed to mimic the flavor and appearance of crab. You might also find vegan crab cakes that are made with plant-based seafood. Plant-based crab substitutes often use chickpeas and hearts of palm to imitate crab.

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FAQs About Crab Cakes

All crab cakes are made differently, so the exact nutrition will change from one product to the next. However, there are many benefits that you can enjoy from most crab cakes. The crab meat in these cakes is high in protein and free from carbs. Just one serving of crab delivers 20 grams of protein. 

Crab is also rich in folate and vitamin B12 which supports healthy blood cells. The iron in crab meat can boost your immune system and increase your focus and energy levels. The meat also has niacin, which helps support healthy cholesterol levels and selenium that can reduce your risk of heart disease. The omega-3 fatty acids in crab and other types of seafood further lower your risk for heart disease while reducing inflammation and supporting the immune system.

Unfrozen crab cakes are typically good for three to five days in the refrigerator. Once you've cooked the crab cakes, you can still freeze them for future use. Wrap them tightly in plastic wrap and place them in the freezer for up to a month. If you will eat the crab cakes within the next few days, you can also store them in the fridge and reheat them again later.

You can easily order prepared crab cakes through Instacart to make your dinner preparation easy. Just create an account online or with the Instacart app! You can then browse the available products at participating retailers in your area. An Instacart shopper will fill your order and provide home delivery or store pickup the same day!
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