When the person you’re dating casually mentions that they like crab cakes, you find a way to make crab cakes.
Look, I don’t make the rules here, that’s just how it goes. Said person could have expressed an attraction to fugu or turducken, for all you know, so there’s no reason why such a simple desire can’t be indulged.
Making Vegan Crab Cakes
Crab has a fairly mild flavor, subtly sweet and oceanic, often compared to lobster, without the oily fishy flavor that smaller sea creatures are known for. Replicating this experience in a convincing way requires taking this unique taste and tender, shredded texture into account.
- Most plant based crab cake recipes feature jackfruit, the hottest tropical fruit to hit American dining room tables. Though I’ve previously used an unconventional combination of glass noodles and tofu to replicate that shredded, chewy texture, I wanted to tap a lesser known import for this version: banana blossoms. They’re very similar in the eating experience of brined young jackfruit packed in cans, but have a softer bite and slightly more natural taste. Banana blossoms can be found fresh in the produce section of more robust Asian markets, canned alongside the jackfruit, or frozen, nearby the other veggies and edamame in the freezer aisle. I used frozen which comes finely shredded and simply needs to be thawed. If you’re starting with larger pieces, you’ll want to thinly julienne them with a sharp knife, or pulse them a few times in your food processor.
- Nothing says “ship shape” like a pinch of dried wakame. It rehydrates about 3 to 4 times in volume, so I like to crush it roughly to better distribute the flakes.
- Panko breadcrumbs act as a binder and textural enhancement; contrary to antiquated approaches, it’s NOT a filler and is key for overall enjoyment. You can find gluten-free versions if needed, but don’t swap in standard Italian breadcrumbs, which will make the crab cakes too dense and heavy.
Crab cakes don’t need to get dressed up to go out; they always look fabulous, even without makeup on.
- Pass around a platter of crab cakes as a standalone snack or appetizer, perhaps with tartar sauce or sriracha mayo for dipping, and call it a night.
- Craft a complete meal around them, making them the star of the show. A voluminous arugula or spinach salad is a great way to get your greens without distracting from the headliners. On cold nights, saute, stir fry, or even cream those greens to serve the whole thing hot. For a different take on scampi or alfredo, crown your pile of garlicky noodles with crisp crab cakes, rather than more shrimpy fare.
- Leftovers make stunningly great sandwich fodder. They’re a bit fragile so they tend to fall apart when reheated. Don’t sweat it! Embrace the unraveling and add an extra dollop of vegan mayo to make an incredible crab salad. Slap it between two slices of bread with tomatoes, onions, lettuce, and anything else you like. Eat as is or brush with melted vegan butter and toast the whole thing.
Crab Cakes are an easy request to fulfill. Say you’re making them as a favor, but it’s okay to want them for yourself, too.
Crab Cakes (Made With Banana Blossoms)
Better crab cakes start with banana blossoms! This is secret ingredient makes incredible vegan crab cakes that everyone will love.
- 1/2 Cup Cooked White Beans
- 1/2 Cup Vegan Mayonnaise
- 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
- 1 1/2 Teaspoons Dijon Mustard
- 1 Teaspoon Soy Sauce
- 1 Teaspoon Smoked Paprika
- 1/2 Teaspoon Celery Seeds
- 1/4 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
- 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
- 1/2 Cup Finely Diced Celery
- 1/4 Cup Minced Shallot
- 2 Tablespoons Fresh Parsley, Minced
- 2 Tablespoons Fresh Dill, Minced
- 1 Teaspoon Instant Wakame, Roughly Crushed
- 1 Pound Shredded Banana Blossoms, Drained
- 1/2 Cup Panko Breadcrumbs
- 1 Teaspoon Ground Flaxseeds
- Begin by placing the beans and mayo in a large bowl and thoroughly mash. Make sure there are no whole beans remaining, but it doesn't have to be perfectly smooth.
- To the bean mash, add the lemon juice, mustard, soy sauce, paprika, celery seeds, pepper, and salt. Stir well to incorporate.
- Once all the seasonings are blended, add the celery, shallot, parsley, dill, instant wakame, and banana blossoms. Mix thoroughly to ensure all the ingredients are evenly distributed.
- Finally, add the panko and flaxseeds, folding gently. Cover the bowl and let rest in the fridge for 20 - 30 minutes before shaping the cakes.
- Divide the crab cake mixture into 8 equal portions, packing them firmly into patties. Place four at a time on an air fryer rack lined with foil. Lightly spritz with spray oil.
- Air fry at 370 degrees for 12 - 15 minutes, until golden brown all over. Repeat with the remaining crab cakes.
- Alternately, the crab cakes can be baked in a conventional oven at 400 degrees for 15 - 20 minutes.
- Serve hot, warm, or at room temperature.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 148Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 269mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 5gSugar: 2gProtein: 4g
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4 thoughts on “Crab Walk To A Better Crab Cake”
Brilliant banana blossoms! Have not had these in ages. A bit harder to find here but that texture is so right on. We have found this new vegan mayo that has a little bit of truffle aioli. Going to give this a go asap!
Truffle aioli sounds downright heavenly! I’d be all over that too.
Wow, I have never worked with banana blossoms and want to for this recipe. Thanks!
Using banana blossoms as a substitute for crab is such a unique and intriguing idea. I’ve heard of jackfruit being used in plant-based crab cakes, but banana blossoms sound like a delicious alternative, we too use a lot of banana blossoms and I know this would work.