Many of our low-carb keto recipes carry fond memories and stories, and this Keto Crab Cakes recipe is no exception. It wasn’t just borne from a desire to make crab cakes keto. It was dreamed up after an inspiring beach trip spent feasting on seafood in a beautiful beach house. It doesn’t get more authentic than that!
Whether you’re craving a low-carb keto seafood dish or yearning for a coastal trip of your own, this gluten-free Keto Crab Cakes recipe will transport you to the sand and surf in no time.
It Started on Long Beach Island
In case you didn’t know, early September is the absolute best time to head down to the beach. My best friend just so happened to be visiting and as I was still in job search mode, I had plenty of time to get out of the city and head down to Long Beach Island.
The sand was clean and covered in beautiful shells, the water was the perfect temperature at all times of day and when Matthew came down on Friday the three of us were able to get a whopping score of 235 in beach paddle ball!
Obviously, when you’re at the beach, you get the opportunity to eat fresh-caught fish, crabs, shrimp and scallops. It was actually my first time trying crab and I immediately fell in love. I guess I could say that about anything I get to douse in butter – and crab is no exception.
Crab Cakes – with a ‘K’
There was a period of time that Matthew and I had the beach house to ourselves, so naturally, we jumped on the opportunity to create a new KetoConnect recipe. It was actually my best friend that came up with the idea of doing a Keto Crab Cakes recipe!
Granted, I’d never tasted crab (let alone crab cakes) before this trip – but I just knew this one was going to be a winner. And since crab cakes are so simple to begin with, we thought, what the heck, right?
With our new low-carb crab cakes dish in mind, Matthew and I went shopping. We found great, fresh lump crab meat and Matthew geniously (as per usual) blurted out “CRAB CAKES WITH A ‘K’!!”. So there you have it – we call these bad boys Keto Krab Kakes.
Simpler Than Simple
As I already mentioned, crab cakes are simple to make, but our Keto Crab Cake recipe is even simpler.
The beach house we were staying at was lacking in all spices and had very few condiments. We were almost in an improv cooking class which made the process even more fun.
The next time you cook, I suggest you minimize the number of ingredients available. It’s a fun challenge! And it totally worked with our crab cakes recipe.
The only thing we had to buy (besides the crab meat) was the Coconut Flour. Our crab cakes recipe needed a keto replacement for the breadcrumbs and it was between coconut flour and almond flour. We know how the two work pretty well by now and what kind of density and flavor they bring to the food. This cooking knowledge, along with cost (coconut flour is significantly cheaper), helped us make the decision.
Keto Connect Advice: sometimes money can be a major reason why we choose certain products and that’s totally okay! We all work within budgets and when an ingredient can be pricey, feel free to use another, cheaper version or brand for your recipe.
And of course, definitely reach out with any questions we can help with when it comes to substituting on a budget. We’re happy to help!
Making Crab Cakes Keto
When adding the coconut flour, we added it in slowly while gauging the consistency. We had to make sure the crab cakes wouldn’t fall apart when placed in the pan.
Matthew has the perfect, big, pillowy hands for making patties so I let him have at it! He formed six perfect patties and we crisped each crab cake up in some butter. Did I already mention dousing anything in butter is better?!
Personally, and I’m sure I can speak for Matthew when I say the most fun part for us was cooking and photographing in a new kitchen! The beach house had huge floor-to-ceiling windows that let in mass amounts of light, and we even found a cute little starfish to make the pictures of our crab cakes a tiny bit beachier.
Overall, this was one of our best beach trips – because nothing beats a beach getaway and some fresh lump Keto Krab Kakes.
The taste alone is enough for these Keto Crab Cakes to win anyone over, but the nutritional info for this recipe is seriously impressive, too!
Each serve contains:
- 442 calories
- 5 grams fiber
- 3 grams net carbs
- 31.3 grams fat
- 30.6 grams protein
With so few carbs and an impressive 30 grams of protein per serve, these low-carb Keto Crab Cakes are sure to become an all-time favorite for anyone on a keto diet. This great recipe also gluten-free!
What is Lump Crab Meat?
No, there’s no such thing as a “Lump Crab”. Much like cuts of steak, there are specific terms for the meat taken from different parts of a crab.
Lump meat comes from the muscles near the legs of a large crab, and is sold in big, broken-up chunks that are perfect for a recipe like crab cakes.
Where Can I Find Lump Crab Meat?
You can buy lump crab meat frozen, fresh or canned. While canned is cheaper, fresh or frozen will provide the most flavor for this recipe.
Most grocery stores will sell canned or even frozen lump crab meat. However, some stores may only sell mixed crab meat, rather than just the lump variety, so be sure to double-check those labels. The crab cakes work best with the large chunks from crab lump.
Of course, if you’re lucky enough to live near a fresh fishmonger or even the ocean, we recommend buying fresh crab meat to make Keto Crab Cakes. Nothing beats that flavor!
Create Your Own Keto Seafood Feast
If you ask us, these Keto Crab Cakes are amazing enough to eat on their own as a main dish – with mayo, of course! But if you’re feeling the ocean vibes and want to recreate that seafood restaurant feel at home, you might just want to go all out and have your very own keto seafood smorgasbord.
Don’t forget to add a fresh summer salad on the side – this Summer Time Cauliflower Salad is perfect, and so is this Keto Broccoli Salad. The side salads really make these Keto Crab Cakes all the more delicious.
Want to spice up this gluten-free recipe? Just drizzle each Keto Crab Cake with a squeeze of lemon juice. Lemon juice and seafood are a match made in heaven, and works amazingly over a dollop of mayo on top of these crab cakes!
Keto Krab Kakes
- Put crab meat in a colander to let out any excess water (we patted ours dry) and set aside.
- Combine mayo, mustard, Tabasco sauce, egg, salt and pepper. Fold in the crab meat until fully coated.
- Slowly add in flour while mixing by hand. Once fully incorporated fold in the fresh parsley.
- Form six uniform patties from the mixture.
- Heat a skillet to medium-low and add 2 tbsp of butter ( we used 2 tbsp for three patties - feel free to use less if desired). Place as many patties as can comfortably fit in the pan (remember you want to be able to flip them!)
- Flip after about 10-12 minutes (the side facing down should be browned).
- Repeat until all patties are fully cooked. We topped ours with more Tabasco sauce before enjoying!