The Baltimore crab cake (like this one from Andrew Zimmern) is iconic, but there are other insanely delicious dishes you can make with crab—aside from the obvious, steamed crabs. And Baltimore chefs, blessed with direct access to some of the best crabs in the country, know all about the crazy good things one can do with them. At down-home restaurants like Costa’s Inn, Ocean Pride and The Crackpot Seafood Restaurant, they serve everything from crab fluffs to crab soup to the mythical crab pretzel. Here, some of our favorite non-cake crab dishes.
Crab Fluffs (also called Crab Puffs): Why leave crab cakes at just that? Crab fluffs are crab cakes that get dipped in batter (if you’re lucky, beer batter) and deep-fried.
Crab Pretzel: A personal favorite, this dish is a giant baked soft pretzel, topped with hot crab dip and cheese, then broiled. Not to be believed. (It’s seriously worth a trip to Baltimore just for this.)