Vegan Crab Cakes

December 17, 2010 by Keri

While I’ve read wonderful things about Match products on other blogs, they aren’t available around here, so I had never actually tasted them to see for myself.  But when I was ordering the Match roast from Vegan Essentials for the holidays, I decided it was a great opportunity to try one of their other offerings.  It was tempting to grab a sampling of everything, but in an effort to save the budget, I just grabbed a “crab” to try first.  Vegan crab cakes went to the top of my agenda!

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I found a vegan crab cake recipe on the Match website, and since I had most of the ingredients, I decided to follow it as best I could.  I was very surprised how well the mixture held together to form patties, because even with the best of vegan burger recipes, I’m always very careful not to break them before sauteing!   I was a little short on panko, so for the coating I crushed up a few organic saltine crackers and mixed those in with my remaining panko.  I thought the crabless cakes turned out excellent and it’s something I would definitely serve to guests! I’ll include how I made mine below, but definitely check out the original recipe. I know that red pepper would have been good in there if I’d had one!

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Vegan Crab Cakes

  • 3 tablespoons vegan mayo
  • 1 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoons cayenne
  • 1 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons dried parsley
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cups onion, fine dice
  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar
  • 1 pound Match Vegan Crab
  • 1 1/2 cups Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup crushed saltine crackers

In a large bowl, combine mayo, Dijon mustard, dry mustard, hot sauce, cayenne, salt, black pepper, dried parsley, onion, and agave nectar.  Mix in “crab”, followed by the Panko breadcrumbs. Divide mixture into 12 equal balls, place each ball in the crush saltines (or more Panko), and form into a patty.  Saute cakes in canola oil over medium heat until golden brown.  Bake at 350 degrees for 5-8 minutes and serve!

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Next time I make them, the red pepper is definitely going in there!  I think it would add great color and flavor, but either way, yum!

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  1. Noelle says:

    This is good stuff. I do not have it either in any stores near me but it is so worth it!

  2. Michal says:

    Woah! These look great! Ive never even thought about making vegan crab cakes before. Although ive never had the crab filled ones, so im sure i wouldnt even be able to tell the difference.

  3. Jess - The Domestic Vegan says:

    WHOA!!! These look so amazing! I have never seen Match in any store (in fact, I only recently learned of it in the new “Skinny Bitch” cookbook). I’m glad to know that Vegan Essentials sells it! I’ll have to buy some soon!

  4. Wow, these look excellent. I need to look for Match on my next Whole Foods trip, thanks!

  5. Leinana says:

    Yum! I have been wanting to try the Match crab meat for so long, but I can’t find it anywhere & I haven’t gotten around to ordering it online. I used to love crab cakes & these are the first things I want to make when I get my hands on some Match. You’ve inspired me to order it! 🙂

  6. Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) says:

    These look delish! And hope you had a merry xmas!

    Just cleaned out my comment spam (didnt even know i had a folder like that that existed) and girl I am sooo sorry there were like 20 from you in there, well maybe not quite but sorry they got trapped in there. Some of your comments get thru but then others, obvi werent! But i just read them all now: THANK YOU!!!! 🙂

  7. Sarah says:

    Wow, these look sinfully good. I have extremely fond memories of crab cakes from before I was vegan, and though I’ve had and made pretty good vegan “crab cakes”, they never really lived up to those glorious memories. But these look like they could be a contender! I haven’t tried Match yet, but I keep hearing more and more good things about them 🙂