I love crab cakes, especially healthy crab cakes! Who doesn’t? My husband and I recently moved to a small beach house right on the water of the Puget Sound and we have the thrill of catching live Dungeness Crabs just a short boat ride from our front door. It is the most amazing feeling to pull those cages up and look over the boat into the water and see it floating up through the water swarming with crabs. Let’s just say that we did “very well” for ourselves and found ourselves with an overabundance of crab. We started to get creative with the crab to avoid eating the same thing day in and day out, although fresh crab is quite delicious.
Here is one of my favorite healthy crab recipes that I swear I will never get sick of! I have made this for my husband and I as well as a group of girlfriends and everyone has ranted and raved about it! I realize many people don’t live near the water and have the luxury of fresh Dungeness crab, but next time you are at the store, think about this recipe and GO FOR IT! Your family and/or guests will LOVE you for it and they won’t even know that it is a healthy crab cake recipe.
Healthy Edge Style Crab Cakes
*Makes 8 large crab cakes.
*Cut crab meat to 1 ½ cups for 4 crab cakes or 8 small crab cakes. This recipe is gluten-free and can easily be made dairy free by following the suggestions in the ingredients.
· 3 ½ cups crab meat
· ½ cup chopped scallions
· 1 organic egg
· ¼ cup organic Greek style yogurt or Veganaise™
· 2 Tbsp. chopped basil
· 1 cup oatmeal flour (make by grinding whole oatmeal in food processor or coffee grinder)
· ½ cup shredded organic cheese or vegan cheese substitute
· 1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
· 2 tsp. ground black pepper
· 1 organic Roma tomato, diced small
· ½ cup basil, chopped
· 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl using a fork to stir, shredding the crab meat as you stir.
2. When all ingredients are well combine, make sure hands are washed and begin scooping approximately ½ cup of mixture into hands and form into patties. Repeat until all of mixture is gone.
3. In a large skillet, drizzle olive oil and heat under medium-high heat. Use a spatula to cover the bottom of the skillet evenly with olive oil.
4. Once skillet it hot, place patties in skillet. Cook for approximately 4-5 minutes on one side and flip and cook 4-5 minutes on other side. Patties should be lightly browned.
5. To make topping, combine all ingredients together and stir.
This is a beautiful dish for healthy crab cakes can be served as an appetizer or as the main dish for dinner. The topping adds beautiful color and a fresh taste to the healthy crab cakes that there will be no need for any thick sauces.
Note: You can use whole oatmeal in this recipe instead of grinding it, but the cakes hold together a bit better when it is ground like flour. You could also substitute a different whole grain flour for this ingredient.