Eat Well Aug. 6. 2019

Easiest Baked Crab Cakes

Aug. 6. 2019
McKel Hill Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

McKel Hill Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

Founder of Nutrition Stripped and the Mindful Nutrition Method™

Who says a delicious dinner has to be complicated? Next time you’re searching for a quick and easy dinner option, try these delicious Baked Crab Cakes!

Easiest Baked Crab Cakes

Seafood can be delicious and cooked healthfully to get the benefits of minerals, vitamins, protein, and healthy fats often contained in seafood. Crab cakes are one of many recipe requests we’ve heard from the NS community to give this dish an NS makeover. Typically crab cakes that you purchase from the store are packed with filler ingredients such as bread and less quality crab meat — we made this recipe with gluten-free bread crumbs so no matter what lifestyle you practice you can enjoy these crab cakes.

When we think of seafood meals, we always want the ingredients to complement each other, which means less of the bread and oil from frying, and more fresh herbs and fresh crab meat.

Choose what works for your lifestyle

Animal proteins aren’t part of everyone’s diet or lifestyle choice so for that reason, we try our best to come up with recipes that can easily substitute alternative protein sources for animal proteins. We even have a great article called the Guide to Eating Animal Proteins that can help you learn more about the process and even provides some excellent NS approved places to purchase animal proteins.

These Baked Crab Cakes are just as delicious with imitation crab, but you can even use firm tofu as a protein substitute! Just crumble the tofu and follow the same recipe steps and ingredients. If you don’t enjoy tofu, you can also try making these with mashed chickpeas, but you will need the egg or an egg replacer to bind the dish together.

The Recipe

Serves 4



1 pound jumbo lump blue crab meat

1/4 cup gluten-free bread crumbs

1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

2 tablespoons dijon mustard

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning

1 large egg

salt and pepper to taste

Make homemade tarter sauce here


Step 1

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl combine gluten-free panko, parsley, paprika, Old Bay, egg, dijon mustard and stir to combine. Gently fold in crab meat until well combined.

Step 2

Shape mixture into 4 patties and place on a baking sheet. Bake crab cakes until golden brown and cooked throughout about 20 minutes.

Serve with homemade tartar sauce, lemon wedges, and coleslaw on the side.


Have Leftovers? Here’s What To Do With Them:

As always, store in an airtight glass container that we recommend from the NS Shop for up to 3 days.

Can’t wait to see you try it!

Did you know that you can submit your own photo of whatever recipe you make from NS? Scroll down to the bottom right and you’ll see a section for you to show off your creations from home!

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