Crazy-Good Outer Banks Crab Cakes

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Everything You Need to Know About Outer Banks Crab Cakes

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Atlantic Blue Crabs

What is a Crab Cake?

A crab cake is a combination of lump crab meat, panko bread crumbs, eggs, mayonnaise, and delicious seasonings that make for a hearty and flavorful patty.

Can the Crabs be found locally?

Crab cakes are popular along the coast of the Mid-Atlantic and South Atlantic states, where crabbing industries thrive. While meat from any species of crab can be used to make local crab cakes, it is said that the best tasting and traditional choice is the blue crab, whose native habitat is the Chesapeake Bay. The Blue crab population thrives in brackish estuaries and salt marshes. Blue crabs can also be found locally here on the Outer Banks in the Currituck, Pamlico, and Albemarle Sounds.

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Owens’ Restaurant

Crab cakes consisting almost entirely of lump crab meat are virtually prepared with no filler. Equally important, you may have the choice of the crab cakes being either fried or broiled. They can be served as a main dish or part of a surf and turf. In either case, likely garnishes are lemon wedges and a choice of a remoulade, tartar sauce, or cocktail sauce.

Owens’ Restaurant’s Traditional Crab Cakes

The crab cakes at Owens are so popular that “Our State Eats Magazine” published a feature story of Miss O and her signature crab cakes and hush puppies. In fact, the magazine calls Owens’ Restaurant “a time capsule of beloved seafood classics.” In case you didn’t know, Owens’ Restaurant is the oldest family-owned restaurant on the coast that has kept generations of Outer Banks families and tourists hungry for more.

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Oceanfront Grille

Crab cakes can also be served as an open-faced sandwich. The usual sides that come with a crabcake sandwich is French fries, coleslaw, or potato salad.

Crab Cake Sandwich at Oceanfront Grille at Corolla Light

The famous jumbo lump crab cakes at Oceanfront Grille at Corolla Light. Some would say are arguably the best on the Outer Banks. The Crabcakes entree is a house specialty – jumbo lump crab meat with little filler. It is not hard to understand why many locals and tourists alike are often heard to say that the Oceanfront Grille “has the best crab cakes that I have ever had.”

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Jolly Roger Restaurant 

Crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, and always flavorful! Each Outer Banks Restaurant has their own personal take on their crab cake recipe.

Jolly Roger Restaurant keeps doing it right.

These guys have been featured In The Kitchen on The Hampton Roads Show for their Signature Award Winning Crab Cakes. The same recipe that the chef has been using for over 24 years!

You can find some absolutely delicious and fresh crab cakes here on the OBX. Specifically, there are numerous Outer Banks restaurants from Duck to Nags Head that are well known for their irresistible crab cake recipes.

Leave it up to the Outer Banks Restaurant Guide to seek-out where to go to satisfy your crab cakes craving. As well as, learning about other Outer Banks food categories. You will not be disappointed!

Here are some of the popular places to get crab cakes on the Outer Banks:

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The Paper Canoe

Village Table Tavern

Village Table and Tavern 


Shipwrecks Taphouse & Grill

Black Pelican

Black Pelican Oceanfront Restaurant

Jimmy's Seafood Buffet

Jimmy’s Seafood Buffet

SandTrap Tavern

SandTrap Tavern

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TRiO Restaurant & Market

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Jolly Roger 

Awful Arthur's Oyster Bar

Awful Arthur’s Oyster Bar

Mako's Beach Grille

Mako’s Beach Grille

Miller's Seafood and Steakhouse

Miller’s Seafood and Steakhouse

Captain George's Seafood Restaurant

Captain George’s Seafood Restaurant

Dirty Dick's Crab House

Dirty Dick’s Crab House

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Tortugas Lie

Sooeys BBQ

Sooey’s BBQ & Rib Shack

millers waterfront restaurant

Miller’s Waterfront Restaurant 

Fish Heads

Fish Heads Bar & Grill

basnight's lone cedar

Basnight’s Lone Cedar Café 

Sugar Creek Seafood Restaurant Logo

Sugar Creek Restaurant 

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