Specially Selected Crab Cakes

Aldi has some pretty tasty seafood options ranging from crab legs to shrimp to these Special Buy (ALDI Find) crab cakes. The Specially Selected Crab Cakes come in two varieties: Boardwalk Style or Maryland Style. We’ll take a look at both.

Specially Selected Boardwalk Style Crab Cakes

Specially Selected Maryland Style Crab Cakes

Both types of crab cakes are handmade and come two to a box, with one crab cake counting as one serving. I tend to prefer crab cakes that contain a lot of crab, with little in the way of fillers like a ton of bread crumbs or celery (I will not buy crab cakes that have celery). These crab cakes fit the bill. While they do contain bread crumbs, they are fairly far down on the ingredients list, with crab meat being the primary ingredient.

The crab cakes can be pan sauteed or baked. First, you must thaw them either in the refrigerator for 8-10 hours or in the microwave. To quick thaw in the microwave, place the crab cakes on a microwavable plate. Heat on high for 30 seconds, flip, and heat another 15 seconds.

To pan saute (the recommended preparation method), heat 2 tablespoons of oil per cake in a pan for 1 minute over medium-high heat. Carefully add crab cakes to pan, and cook 3 minutes. Flip cakes, reduce heat to medium, and cook an additional 2-3 minutes until golden brown. Crab cakes are done when they reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Place crab cakes on paper towels to remove excess oil before serving.

Specially Selected Boardwalk Style Crab Cakes

Specially Selected Boardwalk Style Crab Cakes

These crab cakes are distinguished from the other variety by the inclusion of red and green bell peppers, onions, and green onion. You might consider them the more “grown up” variety of crab cake because they contain veggies. The peppers and onions are not overwhelming, though, and I thought these were quite good; they are perhaps the best of the two types of crab cakes.

Specially Selected Maryland Style Crab Cakes

Specially Selected Maryland Style Crab Cakes

These are the more pedestrian-but-still-good crab cakes that contain mostly just crab and not peppers and onions like the Boardwalk style crab cakes. These were just as tasty, but their flavor was a little more one-dimensional because they contain just crab and some mild seasonings.

The Verdict:

Aldi’s Specially Selected Boardwalk Style or Maryland Style Crab Cakes are both winners. They contain a generous amount of crab and few fillers, cook easily, and taste great. Highly recommended.

About Rachael

Rachael is the Co-founder of Aldi Reviewer. When she isn't busy shopping at Aldi, she enjoys cooking, gardening, writing gothic romance, and collecting more houseplants than she probably should. You can learn more about her at rachaelsjohnston.com.


  1. I have been trying to find the crab cakes at my store in New Albany Indiana and they are out. Is there another option?

    • The crab cakes were ALDI Finds (Special Buys), which means they’re only available for a limited time. They often come back around the same time a year later.

  2. The Maryland Style were shockingly good, especially being frozen and out of a box. ALDI scores again! I liked them cooked somewhat longer than suggested.

  3. The had the crab cakes at the Ormond Beach Fl. Grand Opening. I haven’t seen them since

  4. I purchased the fremont crab cakes four in a pack today from aldi cooked them according to direction i let them cool. Once i begin to eat them discover that they were to salty with more bread crumbs than crabs.

    • Not the same! the ones she’s talking about only come in a two pack and very little bread fillers more crab than anything and not salty

  5. Barbara Watkins Henderson

    I agree they where very salty
    I buy them a lot this is the first time That I got a salty package. We couldn’t eat them. Not sure what to doI wonder if I can have my money back.

  6. Simply love shopping at aldis. Best ever,!,

  7. Thank you.

  8. They are excellent!!! tried for the first time last week and went back today and purchased 4 more boxes–better than my homemade and I tried many recipes I don’t think you will be disappointed

  9. These are not good. Not sure what kinda crab the use But it’s not snowcrab!! All fillers🫤🤮

  10. These are back in stores this week while supplies last!

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