Delicious Vegan Crab Cakes Recipe - Crave-Worthy Plant-Based Delight 🌱

Hey there! I'm so glad you're interested in making a vegan version of crab cakes. They're absolutely delicious and a great way to enjoy a plant-based twist on a classic dish. Don't worry, I've got you covered with some easy and tasty tips!

To make vegan crab cakes, we'll be using some clever ingredient swaps that mimic the texture and flavor of crab. Here's what you'll need:

1. Heart of Palm: This magical ingredient has a similar texture to crab meat when shredded. Look for canned or jarred heart of palm in the grocery store. Drain and rinse them, then use a fork to shred them into small, crab-like pieces.

2. Old Bay Seasoning: This iconic seasoning is a must for that authentic crab cake taste. It's typically vegan, but always double-check the label to be sure. If you can't find Old Bay, you can make your own blend using paprika, celery salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and a pinch of nutmeg.

3. Binders: To hold everything together, we'll need some binders. Traditional crab cakes use eggs, but we'll be using vegan alternatives. A combination of ground flaxseeds and water works great as an egg substitute. Mix 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseeds with 3 tablespoons of water and let it sit for a few minutes until it thickens.

4. Breadcrumbs: Choose a vegan-friendly option, like panko breadcrumbs, to give your crab cakes that crispy exterior. You can find them in most grocery stores, or you can make your own by toasting and grinding up some bread.

Now, let's get cooking! Here's a simple recipe to guide you:


- 2 cans of heart of palm, drained and shredded

- 1/4 cup vegan mayonnaise

- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

- 1 tablespoon Old Bay Seasoning

- 1 tablespoon lemon juice

- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives

- 1/2 cup breadcrumbs, plus extra for coating

- 1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds mixed with 3 tablespoons water

- Salt and pepper to taste

- Olive oil for frying


1. In a large bowl, combine the shredded heart of palm, vegan mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, Old Bay Seasoning, lemon juice, parsley, chives, breadcrumbs, and flaxseed mixture. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Mix everything together until well combined.

2. Shape the mixture into patties, about 3 inches in diameter. Coat each patty with additional breadcrumbs, pressing gently to adhere.

3. Heat a thin layer of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Cook the crab cakes for about 3-4 minutes on each side, or until golden brown and crispy.

4. Serve your vegan crab cakes with a squeeze of lemon juice and your favorite dipping sauce. They're perfect as an appetizer, in a sandwich, or as the star of a main course.

Voila! You've just made delicious vegan crab cakes. Enjoy the flavors and textures that will remind you of the sea, all while staying true to your vegan lifestyle.

Remember, you can always find more vegan recipes, cooking tips, and lifestyle inspiration right here on Lonely Vegan. Happy cooking!

Ava Bloom
Vegan Lifestyle, Mindfulness, Sustainable Living, Coaching

Ava Bloom is a vegan lifestyle coach and a mindfulness practitioner. She guides our readers on how to seamlessly integrate veganism into their everyday life. Ava also shares tips on mindful eating and how to make conscious choices that are good for the body and the planet.