Gluten-free and keto crab cakes are made with almond flour instead of breadcrumbs. They are wonderfully crispy and delicious!
These crab cakes are amazing. They are crispy, delicious, and filling. My entire family loves them, so I make them quite often.
They don’t contain any breadcrumbs. Instead of the traditionally used breadcrumbs, I use almond flour. The result is just as crispy and tasty as traditional recipes.
The ingredients you’ll need
You’ll only need a few simple ingredients to make this tasty appetizer (exact measurements are included in the recipe card below):
- Fresh lump crabmeat
- Minced garlic
- Chopped parsley
- Mayo and mustard
- Seasoning: Kosher salt, thyme, cayenne
- Almond flour
How to make gluten-free keto crab cakes
Simple! Scroll down to the recipe card for the details. Here are the basic steps:
- Mix together all the ingredients except for the butter, which you will use for frying.
- Form the mixture into four patties.
- Fry the patties in butter over medium heat, about 5 minutes per side.
Use fresh crabmeat
As always when using crabmeat in recipes (such as these amazing crab stuffed mushrooms), the fresher the crabmeat you use, the better the dish will taste. Fresh crabmeat is delicate and sweet. It is also very healthy.
But the supermarket lump crabmeat that comes in small plastic containers tends to be quite fishy. If you don’t want to steam your own crabs (who does?) and you have Whole Foods in your area, try the crabmeat sold at their seafood counter. It’s the best I’ve found, so far.
How to prevent gluten-free keto crab cakes from falling apart
It’s very important to chill them for at least an hour prior to frying, so please don’t skip that (admittedly annoying) step. They are very delicate and could easily fall apart when you fry them if they’re not chilled first.
How to serve them
If you’d like to serve them with a sauce, try mixing 1/4 cup mayonnaise with 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard, 1 tablespoon sugar-free ketchup, and 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder. Or try this delicious homemade tartar sauce.
What about side dishes? When I serve these gluten-free keto crab cakes as a main dish rather than as an appetizer, I like to serve them with cauliflower potato salad or with tomato asparagus salad. I like the fact that I can make both salads ahead of time so that I can focus on frying the crab cakes.
What about leftovers?
You can keep them in the fridge, in an airtight container, for up to 3 days. Make sure you reheat them very gently. You can use the microwave on 50% power, or reheat them in a 250F oven.
They are also very good cold, straight out of the fridge! I sometimes just grab one as a snack.
Gluten Free Keto Crab Cakes
- 8 oz fresh lump crabmeat, gently picked through and shells removed
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1/4 cup chopped parsley
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 1 tablespoon avocado oil mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/2 cup almond flour
- 2 tablespoons butter for frying
- In a medium bowl, use a fork to combine the crabmeat, garlic, parsley, egg, mayonnaise, mustard, kosher salt, thyme, cayenne pepper and almond flour.
- Form into four 1/2-inch-thick cakes, each weighing about 3oz (90 grams).
- Place the crab cakes on a platter lined with wax paper. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour.
- Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, about 5 minutes. Add half of the butter and brush to coat. Add the crab cakes. Cook 4-5 minutes without moving, until you can see on the edges that the bottoms are browned. Very carefully lift each crab cake with a wide spatula, add a little more butter to the skillet and lower the cake back into the skillet, to cook on the other side, 4-5 more minutes.