Whole30 Baltimore Crab Cakes

I grew up in Baltimore and there was always an abundance of crab meat for recipes. Steamed crabs were part of every Summer, usually caught by my Grandfather and steamed at his home. My Mom made crab cakes as part of her regular dinner rotation. I never knew what a luxury this was until I was married and moved to Atlanta.

People don’t eat steamed crabs for sport there and finding a pound of lump crabmeat was difficult. My sweet husband even shipped in a bushel of steamed crabs for my birthday one year. They were cold and not quite the same experience, but the taste of Old Bay was delightful.


We are back living on the East Coast now and I never take the joy of eating crabs for granted. The proper way to make a great crab cake is simple — Crab meat, Old Bay seasoning, and mayonnaise. That’s it! No breading or filler needed. That’s what makes it the perfect Whole30 dish- so long as you use compliant mayo with no sugar added, like Primal Kitchen.

Here’s how I do it:

Mix one pound of crab meat with 2 Tablespoons Old Bay and half a cup of mayonnaise. Form into 6 patties and place on cookie sheet.

Broil for 8 minutes on HIGH in the oven, flip, and then broil other side. Watch carefully so they do not burn.

You can find crab meat at a seafood store if you are lucky but I have also been using Phillips Crab meat found at Costco! Phillips is a Baltimore company and I have had great success with their product. It’s delicious and has no shells!

I serve my crab cakes with lemon, mustard or homemade cocktail sauce. Tessemae’s makes a compliant ketchup and all you do is mix that with a little horseradish. If you are really wanting the full experience, make homemade fries and sprinkle with Old Bay.

I hope you give these a try and experience what a true Baltimore Crab Cake tastes like.

Theresa Newman is a Whole30 Certified Coach, based in West Chester, PA. She started her career as a Special Events Planner, organizing everything from corporate cocktail parties to movie premiers. Now an empty-nester after 27 years, she has reignited her passions for creating a beautiful home, a nourishing kitchen, and entertaining. In addition to her work as a Whole30 Certified Coach, she is certified in home staging and re-design. Learn more about her at https://www.theresanewman.net/ and follow her on Instagram at @tbnewmanwhole30 for more Whole30 inspiration!