Maryland Crab Fluff
What is better than a tasty crab cake? How about a tasty, deep-fried crab cake? Introducing Maryland crab fluff, the best crab cakes you’ve never had.
Why This Recipe Works
Crab cakes are traditional fare all over New England, but in Maryland they batter and deep-fry the cakes for an altogether different treat: crab fluff. Instead of coating the delicate crab mixture in a flour-heavy batter, we make a light, tempura-like batter from seltzer and baking powder and mix it right into the crab. Saltine crumbs, egg, and a touch of mayo help bind the mixture, while Old Bay, scallions, Dijon, and hot sauce are classic flavorings. We use a greased measuring cup to drop dollops of the fluff into hot oil, where they fry up brown and crispy in just minutes.