1. Combine first eight ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Mix until well blended.
2. Add crushed Saltine crackers and blend in.
3. Add Crabmeat and gently fold into mixture taking care not to break up crab meat. You should have noticeable chunks of crab in the mix.
4. Using hands, roll the mix into balls (a little bigger than golf ball size). Place balls on waxed paper and fold paper so the balls have waxed paper under bottom and over the top of the balls. Using a spatula, flatten the balls to about 1/2 inch thickness.
5. Place enough vegetable oil in a heavy skillet to give about 1/2 inch depth of oil. Heat on medium heat.
6. Place crab cakes in hot oil and fry until golden brown on both sides (about 4-8 minutes).