Mini Keto and Primal Crab Cakes

crab cakes recipeCrab cakes may remind you of cocktail parties, weddings, or sun-soaked getaways to the seashore where you seek refuge from the sun at a fish shack that serves only the freshest local seafood. Most traditional crab cake recipes include breadcrumbs or flour (or both) and are deep fried in vegetable oil so the end result is a greasy, bready puck that disrespects the naturally sweet, succulent essence of lump crabmeat. We remade the classic crab cake to make it Primal and keto-friendly. Don’t be put off by the long list of ingredients; we like the way the vegetables and seasonings accentuate the crab, but if you prefer a pared-down version, the crab, almond flour, herbs, mayo, egg, lemon juice, salt and pepper would make a perfectly lovely crab cake, too.

Mini Keto & Primal Crab Cakes

Ingredients

crab cakes recipe

  • 8 oz. lump crabmeat
  • 2/3 cup almond flour
  • 1/3 cup parsley, chopped
  • 1/3 cup celery, chopped
  • 1/4 cup dill, chopped
  • 1/4 cup carrot, chopped
  • 1/4 cup red onion, minced
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. paprika
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp. Primal Kitchen Mayo
  • 1 tsp. dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tbsp. Primal Kitchen Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Avocado Oil

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Squeeze out any excess liquid from the crabmeat.

crab cakes recipe

Combine the crabmeat, almond flour, parsley, celery, dill, carrot, onion, salt, pepper, and paprika in a bowl. Mix in the mayo, mustard and lemon juice. Whisk the egg and mix it in with the crab mixture.

Form 16 small crab cake balls from the mixture.

crab cakes recipe

Heat the oil in an oven-safe pan over medium heat. Once hot, add the crab cakes to the pan and sear for 1-2 minutes. Carefully flip the crab cakes over and sear for an additional 1-2 minutes. Transfer the pan to the oven for about 15 minutes, or until the crab cakes are firm.

Allow them to cool slightly before removing them from the pan. Insert toothpicks and arrange them on a platter. Create a quick dipping sauce by mixing your favorite Primal Kitchen Mayo with a little lemon juice and paprika.

crab cakes recipe

Nutrition Information per serving (per crab cake):

Calories: 83
Total Carbs: 2 grams
Net Carbs: 1 gram
Fat: 7 grams
Protein: 24 grams

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  1. Hi Mark
    I absolutely love this recipe, I adore crab. I’m not a keto follower but I do like healthy recipes and consider this recipe to be very healthy. However, I have an issue with frying, I don’t think its particularly healthy so I adapted the recipe slightly which gave me delicious results. Instead of frying the crab cakes, I precooked the carrots, onions and celery and then mixed all the ingredients together as your recipe states and then I baked the crab cakes in the oven. Thank you so much for the recipe.

    1. Interesting, how long and at what temp did you cook these guys? Thanks.

  2. These look wonderful. I will be frying them however, I need more fat in my diet so that will help. My son LOVES crab cakes. It should be fun to see if he likes these.
    Thanks!