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These crab cakes are made with a light and delicious mayonnaise-based sauce that is perfect for pairing with your favorite seafood or chips.

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How to make crab cakes sauce

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This creamy and lemony Old Bay Crab Cake Sauce pairs amazingly with all types of seafood dishes like crab cakes and po’boys!

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Jump lump crab cakes are delicious in their own way, trust me, when I say this remoulade sauce for crab cakes is out of this world fantastic!

Made with tartar sauce, Old Bay seasoning, Worcestershire sauce, and lemon juice, this sauce is everything your crab cakes have been missing.

crab cake sauce in a white bowl with lemon wedges

Easy Crab Cake Sauce Recipe

Although crab cakes speak (and shine) for themselves, there is nothing better than the perfect dipping sauce to shake up the dish.

As a born and raised Marylander, I understand that crab crabs rank right under or right next to the air we breathe, so there is nothing more important than keeping my recipe authentic, delicious, and made to highlight the jumbo lump crab meat.

This aioli sauce features the authentic and true Maryland flavors of Old Bay seasoning, fresh lemon, creamy tartar sauce, and Worcestershire sauce.

Swing by your local fish market, grab some crab for the best homemade Maryland Crab Cakes, and let’s get cooking!

Crab Cake Sauce Ingredients

Tartar sauce: this is the base to our sauce. Some recipes call for mayo, but tartar sauce is so much better and carries much more flavor.

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Old Bay Seasoning: no true seafood recipe is complete without the flavors of Old Bay Seasoning. The seasoning is a mix of: Celery Salt, Red Pepper, Black Pepper, and Paprika.

Lemon juice: seafood’s best friend; lemon adds just the perfect amount of zest to the sauce making it refreshing and leaving you wanting more.

Worcestershire sauce: adds in the perfect balance of tangy, savory, sweet, and salty flavors. Worcestershire sauce is the perfect final ingredient to our sauce.

*For a detailed list of ingredients and measurements, please reference the recipe card down below.

How to Make Crab Cake Sauce

In less than 5 minutes, you can whip up the perfect sauce for any seafood dish; crab cakes, lobster rolls, po’boys, you name it!

To make the sauce, whisk together the tartar sauce, Old Bay seasoning, lemon juice, and Worcestershire sauce in a small bowl. That’s it!

mixing crab cake sauce ingredients in a mixing bowl

What sauce goes with crab?

One thing I love about seafood is the many different sauces you can pair with your dish. I highly recommend using a remoulade sauce for crab cakes.

However, if you are looking to adventure away from crab cake dipping sauces. Below are some other tasty recommendations:

  • Butter with Garlic sauce
  • 5 Minute Spicy Mayo
  • Chili Garlic Sauce
  • Chick-Fil-A Sauce

What is remoulade sauce made of?

Remoulade sauce (pronunced rei·moo·laad) was actually invented in France as a condiment originally meant for french fries! How crazy?!

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It has since transformed into different versions with different uses (although, you can still dip your french fries if you so choose.)

Depending on the area you are in your remoulade sauce will change. However, for the most part remoulade sauce has a creamy base like tartar sauce or mayonnaise, herbs, and spices. If you are in the south, expect some cajun seasoning or even boiled eggs!

sauce in a small white bowl, crab cakes in background

What goes well with crab cakes?

Crab cakes are your shining star, don’t try to outdo them with an overly fancy dish. Here are some of my favorites:

  • Roasted Yellow Squash
  • Red Wine Mushrooms
  • Air Fryer Broccoli
  • Roasted Broccolini
  • Israeli Couscous Recipe

What is the difference between tartar sauce and remoulade?

Remoulade and tartar sauce have very similar ingredients. However, remoulade adds a wide variety of herbs, vinegar, and sometimes hot sauce.

Tartar sauce is made up of just a few ingredients, typically mayonnaise, capers, and sweet pickles.

two crab cakes on a plate

What to serve crab cake sauce on

Besides crab cakes, there are plenty of other things that taste delicious with this Old Bay Sauce! Try some of these:

  • Blackened Shrimp
  • Salmon Cakes
  • Flank Steak Tacos
  • Shrimp Tacos

More Crab Recipes

  • Maryland Crab Pretzels
  • Best Maryland Crab Dip
  • Crab Cake Sauce
  • Maryland Crab Cake Recipe

More Recipes To Try

  • Air Fryer Filet Mignon
  • Creamy Garlic Tuscan Salmon
  • Hawaiian Shrimp Taco Bowl
  • Miso Glazed Chilean Sea Bass

What do you store your sauces in?

I love to store my homemade sauces in these Weck jars. You can also purchase wooden or plastic lids if you prefer those. The jars look so nice, I don’t mind leaving them on the counter!


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