Since transitioning to a plant-based diet, I learned, over time, savory, delicious food can be made low fat and vegan without sacrificing taste. Vegan crab cakes, for instance, is one of my favorite weeknight meals.
My family LOVES vegan crab cakes, and more often than not, they ask for vegan crab cakes for dinner. According to my husband, who always eats two, says “these little devils melt in my mouth.”
Most of the time, I serve vegan crab cakes with lemon caper sauce or vegan tartar sauce. Both recipes, however, are included; you choose one or both. This time, I chose both. Also, I served brown rice with this dish, because it soaks up the lemon caper sauce.
In addition, I served roasted asparagus with the vegan crab cake recipe, because lemon and garlic go hand in hand with asparagus. In our house, the more lemon, the better.
VEGAN CRAB CAKES ARE EASY TO MAKE WHEN YOU USE THE RIGHT INGREDIENTS
For the best results, I suggest using a box grater to shred the pressed tofu. Once shredded, the other ingredients mix into the tofu to form a crab cake-like mixture ready for forming into patties. As a result, the tofu is ready to absorb all the wonderful ingredients.
Additionally, tofu is easily transformed into vegan crab cakes with the following additional ingredients:
- 2 11 ounce packages of Extra Firm Tofu, drained and pressed
- 1 cup Italian Panko Bread Crumbs
- 1/2 cup chopped Italian Parsley
- 8, chopped Green Onions
- 2 cloves, minced Garlic
- 2 Tablespoon Dulce Flakes
- 1/2 cup Cashew mayo or Silken Tofu (or for an even lower fat version Aquafaba (chickpea fluid)
- 1/4 cup Dijon Mustard
- 1 Tablespoons Creole Seasoning
- 2 Tablespoons Lemon juice
In order to make this dish, you a unique ingredient, Dulce Flakes. Not only does Dulse give the vegan crab cake seaweed flavor, it supplies a sea-like flavor, but it also gives the addition of a natural form of Iodine.
However, if you can’t find dulse flakes, you can use seaweed or roasted seaweed.
WHAT IS DULSE?
Dulse is a variety of seaweed that resembles leafy red lettuce when fresh. Its flavor will definitely remind you of the ocean — its minerality makes it a great stand-in for salt.
The benefits of Dulse, for example, are high levels of protein and fiber. Furthermore, dulse is a nutrient-rich red algae which has become increasingly popular in health food circles due to its nutritional properties. More and more experts are advising people to add sea greens into their diets, including dulse.
HERE ARE SOME GREAT WAYS TO INCORPORATE DULSE:
- Mix flaked dulse into homemade salad dressings.
- Use dried flakes on top of popcorn
- Add strips of whole-leaf dulse to your favorite pickled vegetables.
- Sprinkle flakes over your vegan poke bowl
- Steep whole-leaf dulse in water for a restorative and savory “tea.”
- Flaked dulse can be added to homemade bread dough.
- Add to a bowl of ramen.
- Sprinkle flaked dulse over a baked potato to amp up the flavor of a classic.
HOW TO MAKE THE PERFECTLY FORMED VEGAN CRAB CAKE PATTIES
For the best results, I suggest using a box grater to shred the pressed tofu. Once shredded, the other ingredients mix into the tofu to form a crab cake-like mixture ready for forming into patties.
Of course, you can use your hands to form the vegan crab cakes, but I use one of my favorite kitchens gadgets, my burger press. For example, I use this burger press for my Beet Burgers, Potato Vegetable Pancakes ,Vegan Veggie Benedict, and Vegan Jackfruit Benedict.
VEGAN TARTAR SAUCE GOES PERFECTLY WITH VEGAN CRAB CAKES
So, how is vegan tartar sauce made you may ask? I love making sauces, so I made a vegan tartar sauce to go with vegan crab cakes.
- 1/2 cup cashew mayo or Silken Tofu
- 1/4 cup. diced sweet pickles
- 2 teaspoons Lemon juice
- 3 teaspoons Dijon Mustard
Even though the vegan crab cakes are ready to cook, you can also make them ahead of time and refrigerate until ready to bake. And, vegan crab cakes can also be frozen. Since this vegan crab cake recipe makes 8 crab cakes, I freeze the extras individually. When it’s time to reheat, I suggest thawing completely before reheating.
IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR SIMILAR VEGAN DISHES LIKE THIS ONE, TRY THESE RECIPES
- Chickpea Tuna Salad
- Skinny Jackfruit “Tuna Salad”
- Vegan Clam Chowder Oh My!
- Corn Fritters
- Vegan Poke Bowl Recipe