Maryland Blogger: Favorite Crab Cake Recipe from Dolores Kelley

Favorite Crab Cake Recipe from Dolores Kelley

Favorite Crab Cake Recipe from Dolores Kelley


One of my sisters, Lynne Kelley, asked Chef Dolores for a crab cake recipe. Her favorite is the recipe from the Cavalier Golf and Yacht Club in Virginia Beach, VA. We were members of that club when we lived in Virginia Beach. This is a good recipe to share.


Cavalier Golf and Yacht Club Crab Cake Recipe


1 pound Backfin Crab (preferably Chesapeake Bay Crab not imported crab meat)

2 slices white bread

1 egg

2 dashes of Tabasco Sauce

2 dashes of Worcestershire sauce

1 Tbsp. Mayonnaise

juice of 1/4 lemon

salt and pepper


Mix egg, Tabasco sauce, Worcestershire sauce and lemon.

Cut crust from bread and cut  bread into 1/4" inch cubes.

Fold bread gently with crab and mayonnaise.

Add wet ingredients.

Mix and shape into 4 mounds.

Placed on greased cookie sheet.

Bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes or until brown.



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Comment balloon 18 commentsRoy Kelley • August 17 2019 02:56PM


Good morning, Roy Kelley I wish you had posted a photo of that recipe.... it reads like prize winning crab cake....

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) 12 months ago

Good morning Ray, it sounds like a fantastic recipe! You just can't beat fresh crab cakes, especially those from Maryland! Have a great day.

Posted by Matthew Klinowski, PA, Golf Community Real Estate Specialist (Downing-Frye) 12 months ago

Hi Roy... this one's a keeper... my husband loves crab cakes. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Realty) 12 months ago

Good morning Roy. Thanks to a heads-up from Nina Hollander, happy birthday. And next, will Delores be making you some crab cakes today? Either way, enjoy your special day! 

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) 12 months ago

Sounds great...finding crab...even sometimes just Snow crab in our part of the world can be a trick !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) 12 months ago

Good morning, Roy - that sounds like a recipe that is likely to be saved/served by many.  Yummy.  

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 12 months ago

I would certainly try these, I haven't had many crab cakes that I thought were delicious, but then again, I am in Arizona, haha.

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) 12 months ago


What a wonderful recipe, we both love crab to get some Chesapeake Bay Crab?  The only fresh I can get is from Louisiana.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 12 months ago

Happy Birthday, Roy!   Larry and I fell in love with Maryland crab cakes when we lived in Leesburq 


Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 12 months ago

Hi Roy Kelley,

One of my favorites!  I wonder if that crab meat is considered imported when sent to Arizona!  

Posted by Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR® (Coldwell Banker Realty) 12 months ago

Hello Roy,  I am printing this recipe out.  I have a good crab cake recipe but can combine try both together!

Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) 12 months ago

I love crab cakes but don't have them very often. The recipe sounds delicious.  I'm going to give it a try.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 12 months ago

Hi Roy Kelley,   our Family has been in the restaurant field for years;  always heard the Crab Cakes from your region - Maryland/Virginia - were the 'best in the world.'  Thank you Dolores and Roy Kelley.

Posted by Jane Chaulklin-Schott, TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836 (TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766) 12 months ago

Have not had crab cakes in ages. Miss them. Wonder if there is a way to make them without the bread?

Posted by Janice Zaltman, South Florida Residential Real Estate (United Realty Group) 12 months ago

OK Roy, I am going to take a shot at making these. We will see how they turn out (I am a terrible cook so I will not rate them).

Posted by Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty, Florida Space Coast Homes (Waves Realty) 11 months ago

My mouth is watering, there is nothing like a Maryland Crab Cake!  The recipe sounds amazing...heading to Maryland next month but in the meantime...

Posted by Christine O'Shea (Christine E O'Shea Broker) 11 months ago

Thank you! One of my fave dishes. I will have to impress at my next gathering with friends over. 


Posted by CA COASTAL ESTATES Lauren Selinsky Perez CRS, "Your Real Estate Broker" #oclauren (California Coastal Estates) 11 months ago

Thank you very much for your comments. It is always good to hear from you.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 11 months ago