Combine first 11 ingredients; stir well. Shape into six patties (mixture will be slightly loose). Cover and chill mixture 1 hour.
Combine 1 egg and water, beat well. Dip patties in egg mixture, then dredge in 3/4 cup bread crumbs. Saute crab cakes in butter, turning once, until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Serves 6.
» With their golden exterior and a creamy interior, it's easy to see why these cakes are so popular in the south.