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Crab cakes are a popular dish from the Chesapeake Bay region of Maryland. They are a mix of crab meat and seasonings. They usually contain bread picked apart in small pieces, mayonnaise, mustard, parsley, beaten egg, paprika and pepper.
Traditionally, crab cakes are fried in vegetable oil. They can be served between saltine crackers or on a roll. A typical size is 1/5 to ¼ lb. Often they are eaten with French fries and a soda or beer.