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This recipe sort of came about by accident. I wanted to make some tuna cakes last night but after a quick glance into the pantry to see the one mere can of tuna at my disposal I realized that was not going to happen. I shifted my sights on the canned crab and set about making a delicious meal.
I feel for some there might be a slight ‘ick factor with canned crab. I’ve actually found Trader Joe’s canned crab to be quite delicious. Sometimes I’ll just heat a can up with a little ghee and feel like I’m eating crab legs with melted butter (maybe that’s just me). I assure you if you buy a good brand canned crab can be delicious as long as you use it for the right applications. Use it in a hot dip, in crab cakes, or piled high on top of a juicy steak, and you really can’t go wrong.
What I like about crab cakes you find out a restaurants is the nice crispy texture they always achieve on the outside. I wanted to take a shot at replicating that on my crab cakes. By coating them in a quick mix of rice crackers (by the way, I just discovered the original flavored Rice Thins from Nabisco, if you’re gluten free check them out!) and chopped pecans, the crispy crunchy exterior was perfected! I topped them with my Spinach Pesto (nut free/vegan) and served them over rice! Just wonderful. (Bonus: They are paleo, and egg/gluten free! Hurray!)
- Because these crab cakes are egg free they can be very delicate. Be gentle with them.
- To help get them to stay together after forming patties let them sit for a few minutes to allow them to bind up even more.
- Wait till that oil is hot before putting them in the pan, otherwise they will just soak up that oil.
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- OCD Kitchen Pesto (or 1 cup store bought)
- 1 tbsp shelled hemp seed
- 2 tbsp chopped pecans
- 10 Nabisco Rice Thins (any cracker like saltines will work)
- 2 tbsp chia
- 6 tbsp water
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 12 oz crab meat (I used canned leg meat)
- 3/4 cup cooked quinoa
- 1 tbsp ghee
- 2 tbsp grapeseed oil
- Place all ingredients in a small personal blender/food processor pulse until fine
- Set aside in bowl
- In small personal blender/food processor grind up chia seeds until fine
- Place seeds in small bowl, add 6 tbsp water, stir and let sit 3-5 min
- Mix salt, garlic powder, crab meat, and quinoa in a large mixing bowl, gently fold to combine
- Add chia egg, gently fold to combine
- Lay a piece of parchment on the counter to create a work area
- Take roughly 1/4 cup mix and form a round ball
- Press that ball gently into a patty, gently press sides of patty.
- Place patty in coating mixture and gently turn in coating getting all sides
- Place patty on parchment paper, repeat steps until patty mixture is gone
- Heat large frying pan over medium heat, add ghee and grapeseed oil
- When oil is hot gently lay patties in pan evenly spaced, cook 3-4 min a side or until golden brown
- Top with pesto, Serve
- *Because these crab cakes are egg free they can be very delicate. Be cautions when forming and flipping to keep them intact.
- *After forming patties let them sit for a few minutes to allow them to bind up even more.
- *Wait till that oil is hot before putting them in the pan, otherwise they will just soak up that oil.