Crab Cakes (Grain-Free + Dairy-Free, SCD, Paleo, Low Carb Options)
It’s officially spring, hooray!🌿 Time to start dishing out warm weather entrees! I suppose we might not be quite ready for Gazpacho or Vichyssoise just yet but I think it’s safe to break out the crab cakes. And oh how I love crab cakes!! This recipe is much like the variety I grew up on– Maryland jumbo lump style. I do not believe in a lot of filler in my crab cakes–the crab should be the star. (And rightly so).
Tips For Today:
-You can use my grain-free bread crumbs for this recipe, you can find them here and our SCD/Paleo breadcrumbs are here.
-If you don’t feel like making bread crumbs we have an easy “quick flour mix” alternative that is paleo + grain-free: In a small bowl, whisk together 1/3 cup almond flour, 1.5 tbsp of tapioca starch, 2 tsp of Italian seasoning and a tiny pinch of salt. Use this mixture in the recipe in place of the bread crumbs. (It may seem like a small amount of flour compared to the bread crumbs, but it will bind them beautifully).
Happy Crab Cake Making and enjoy the recipe!!
- 1 pound fresh crabmeat (preferably lump)
- 1 cup grain-free bread crumbs (or use our no bread crumb “quick flour mix” version, or our paleo/scd version, links to both in post above).
- 1 egg
- 1/3 cup mayonnaise
- 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce (Lea and Perrin’s Original is Gluten-Free). Eliminate for SCD version.
- 1/4 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning (+ more for dusting)
- 1/4 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
- 1 tablespoon butter (or vegan butter, ghee or just olive oil work as well).
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees
- Rinse and drain crabmeat. Dry with paper towel to absorb excess water. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, thoroughly combine mayo, mustard, egg, Worcerstershire, Tobasco and lemon juice. Add in Old Bay seasoning and fresh parsley and mix again.
- Pour crabmeat into egg/mayo/spice mixture and combine thoroughly.
- Add bread crumbs (or our quick flour mix-see post above for ingredients) and combine well.
- Line a baking sheet tray with parchment paper. Shape crab cakes and place onto parchment paper. Refrigerate for 1/2 hour.
- In a small dish, combine pepper, Italian seasoning and a pinch of Old Bay seasoning. Sprinkle this mixture lightly over the tops of the crab cakes. Carefully turn them over and sprinkle the other side as well. This will make for a flavorful crust.
- Heat a large pan with your butter and olive oil on medium heat. When butter becomes frothy, lower crab cakes into pan carefully by spatula to brown on both sides, about 2 minutes each side. (Golden in color).
- After they have been been lightly browned, transfer cakes back to parchment paper lined baking sheet and place in the oven at 400 degrees to cook through–about 15 minutes.
- Remove from oven and transfer to plate with spatula. Serve with lemon wedges and sauces. (Tartar, Cocktail or Louis sauce are our favorites). Crab cakes can be prepped and stored in the fridge the morning of and cooked later in the afternoon/evening. Enjoy!!!
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