Mini Crab Cakes


Mini Crab Cakes

Mini Crab Cakes
20 Min

Mini Crab Cakes are the perfect two-bite appetizer for your next gathering, even if all of your guests aren't on a diabetes diet. Loaded with crab meat, plenty of vegetables and spices, you might have to make another batch if you want leftovers!

What You'll Need

  • 2/3 cup Italian-flavored bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup egg substitute
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1/2 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 rib celery, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons light mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon crushed dried tarragon
  • 3 (6.5-ounce) cans lump crabmeat, drained
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

What to Do

  1. In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients except the crabmeat and oil; mix well. Fold in the crabmeat, being careful not to break up the crabmeat chunks.
  2. Form mixture into 36 equal-sized patties. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat oil until hot.
  3. Add the patties and cook in batches 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until golden brown. Serve warm.


  • Try this one with a zippy sauce you can whip up from 1/4 cup light mayonnaise, 2 teaspoons prepared horseradish, 1 tablespoon ketchup, and a squeeze of fresh lemon.
  • To find even more great-tasting diabetic-friendly recipes, as well as the complete nutritional information for this recipe, click HERE!

Nutritional InformationShow More

Servings Per Recipe: 18

  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Calories 71
  • Calories from Fat 25
  • Total Fat 2.8g 4 %
  • Saturated Fat 0.3g 2 %
  • Trans Fat 0.0g 0 %
  • Protein 6.7g 13 %
  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Cholesterol 21mg 7 %
  • Sodium 248mg 10 %
  • Total Carbohydrates 6.3g 2 %
  • Dietary Fiber 0.4g 2 %
  • Sugars 0.8g 0 %

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What are the nutritional facts?

Hi there! Sorry the nutrition wasn't showing before. It's updated now. You should be able to click on it at the bottom of the recipe. Have a great day! :)

I definitely plan to make these this week! Crab cakes are so expensive in a restaurant or when you buy them Frozen in the grocery store or Costco. I will use a regular real egg though and Panko bread crumbs. Panko makes a really nice Crispy Crunchy coating and I think I'll bake them to like was suggested here. I like the idea of being able to put them in the oven and make several at a time without them falling apart in the frying pan and of course baking is better than frying nutrition-wise. And as long as I'm baking I will make a side of oven grilled asparagus sprinkled with salt and pepper in olive oil. I'll make some homemade tartar sauce and cocktail sauce for dipping for those who are so adventurous! LOL

Will the recipe work using imitation crab meat?

Absolutely! You can use the same amount, too. :) Enjoy!

If you have a membership to Sam's or Costco, they have a good deal on gourmet jumbo lump crab cake. Each crab cake is just a mere fraction of the cost you pay in a restaurant or even in the frozen food section. Sam's lump crab is in the refrigerated case section na pint-sized plastic container. It is not Frozen. You can control the cost of each crab cake by the amount of crab you put in it but if you want to cut down on the crab you can break the lumps up into smaller pieces. It depends if you're making it for your family or a potluck! LOL

Can you bake instead of fry these crab cakes? If so, at what temperature and for how long? Thank you!

Yep! - You can bake them in a 350 degrees F oven for 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown. Enjoy!

Love to try this! I was impressed with the lump crab meat you used. Can you share what specific canned lump crab meat you used? I've not been able to find nice crab like that.

Hello! In this recipe we used Bumble Bee Lump Crabmeat, which can be found next to the canned tuna in your grocery store. Enjoy!

I use the same recipe for Stuffed Baby Bellas

fredhomer Great idea! I love stuffed mushrooms and bought them once or twice at the grocery store already made, but they're pretty expensive and I don't think they look too fresh. And none of them have been stuffed with crabmeat!

Well, yum! Sounds terrific, will be making soon.


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