Chesapeake Crab Fritters

These little fritters pack the taste of the Chesapeake Bay region into tasty little morsels. This recipe makes about 8 servings.


  • Peanut oil for frying

Dry ingredients:

  • 2 ¼ cups flour*
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp fresh ground pepper
  • 2 Tblsp Old Bay seasoning

Wet ingredients:

  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1 Tblsp dry sherry


  • 1 tsp garlic, chopped
  • 3 ears of sweet corn, kernels removed from cob
  • 1 lb crab (blue crab)
  • ½ cup chopped scallions
  • ½ cup Smithfield ham, small dice
  • 3 egg whites, beaten to soft peaks


  • Deep fryer or cast iron dutch oven
  • 2 large bowls
  • Whisk
  • Spatula


  1. Heat the oil in a deep fryer or Dutch oven (about 1 inch deep) to 375°F.
  2. Dry ingredients:
  3. Sift flour and baking powder into large bowl.
  4. Add salt, pepper, Old bay Seasoning. Stir to combine and set aside.
  5. Wet ingredients:
  6. In separate bowl, add milk, oil, and sherry. Set aside.
  7. Combine:
  8. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and whisk smooth.
  9. Add garlic, scallions, ham and stir to combine.
  10. Fold in egg whites until just combined.
  11. Drop by Tablespoonfuls into the hot oil.
  12. Fry until golden and completely cooked through, about 5 minutes.
  13. Drain on paper towels.

What you should know

If the batter is a little too runny, add a little more flour. But, It shouldn’t be too thick.

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