by Lane | 5:38 am

Back in 2013-2014, I went to a vegan/raw restaurant with a friend for Mother’s Day.  Since I’d celebrated Mother’s Day with my mother the day before (I typically don’t go to restaurants the day of), I didn’t have anything to do on the actual day.

Anyhoo, I went to this restaurant with my friend and her mother.  Her mother ordered these vegan crab cakes that was just delightful.  They tasted and looked just like the real thing.  Upon asking about the ingredients, I found that they were made with tofu.  That started my long years of trying to experiment with vegan crab cakes recipes that was close or just like that recipe.

It took me the longest, and I do mean the longest time to find a vegan crab cake that was comparable to the one that I had in that restaurant.  I tried various ingredients and all of them were totally misses.  Until I came across this recipe.

I was introduced to this recipe around the same time, but I was turned off by it ’cause oyster mushrooms were kinda expensive, but in the back of my mind I kept saying that I was gonna try it.  Finally, I did.  I bought the mushrooms.  Oyster mushrooms are so light that you can get quite a bit for a pound.

Finally,  Eureka!!!  I did it.  This was such a hit.  I was in love.  I had to stop eating this because I had to save some for my son.  The best part is this:  If you have left overs, they taste so much better the next day.  I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I did.

Ingredients (10 Crab cakes)

Crab Cakes

  • 1 lb of oyster mushrooms, cleaned, broken in pieces with stems trimmed off
  • 1 can of artichokes, drained
  • 2 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 4 tbsp warm water
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • ¾ cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp Old Bay seasoning or Cajun Seasoning
  • 2 tsp parsley
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup vegan mayo
  • Canola oil

Bread Coating

  • ¾ Extra bread crumbs for coating the ‘crab cakes’
  • ¼ cup corn meal
  • ¼ cup flour

Vegan Crab Cake Sauce

  • 1 cup vegan mayo
  • ¼ cup Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup of ketchup
  • 1 tbsp horseradish sauce


For the sauce

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and generously add on top of crab cakes.  Refrigerate for about an hour.

For the Crab cakes

Combine the flax seed and water together in a small bowl.  Let that mixture form into a thick paste while you gather your other ingredients.  This is your ‘flax seed egg’.

Place the mushrooms and artichokes in a food processor (or Vitamix) and pulse until broken down finely– but not mushy.   Transfer to a large bowl.

In the mushroom bowl, combine your dry ingredients – breadcrumbs, garlic powder, onion powder, Old Bay seasoning or Cajun seasoning, parsley, salt, and pepper.

Next, add lemon juice, Dijon mustard, and vegan mayo.

Mix together well.  At this point, I typically like to allow my mixture to sit and form together in the refrigerator for about a half hour to an hour.  If you are in a rush, feel free to omit this step.

Also, because there is no egg or raw meat in this recipe, you can taste it to see if it is seasoned to your liking.

In another bowl, combine the bread crumb, flour, and corn meal together.

Begin to heat your oil in a skillet at this point.

Form crab cakes into patties and coat them in the bread crumb mixture.  Fry for about 3-4 minutes per side on medium heat.

Allow to drain on a napkin or towel.

Enjoy with your vegan sauce.


Kathy H

I can’t wait to try these vegan crab cakes!

Jun 06.2018 | 06:28 am


    I hope you enjoy them, lady.

    Jun 27.2018 | 06:16 pm


I’m not on a diet or whatsover, but this looks yummy! I think I’m gonna try this.
And forgive me for ignorance, but I never heard of vegan mayo until now… How does it taste? Aside from how it was made, How is it differ from the ordinary one?

Sep 29.2018 | 04:03 pm


    Hey Mina,

    Vegan Mayo is mayonnaise that is made without eggs. Typically mayo is made from a foundation of eggs and strengthened with oil. Instead vegan mayo has the same ingredients of regular may minus the eggs.

    I hope that helps.

    Oct 02.2018 | 10:25 am


This recipe sounds utterly awesome, and the list of ingredients very promising! I’ve tried quite a few crab cake recipes (not vegan ones) and I was usually a bit disappointed with the result. I don’t know wether it was me or the recipe. But I have very high hopes with this recipe – I’m going to try it out next weekend.
Thanks for sharing this great recipe!

Sep 29.2018 | 05:03 pm


    You’re very welcome. Should you try it, please touch base again and tell me what you think.

    Oct 02.2018 | 10:23 am


Oh wow, this recipe really intrigues me, I don’t follow a plant-based diet or anything like that but I just enjoy creative ways to make tofu. I am definitely saving this and going to try to make it one of these days. Thank you!

Oct 03.2018 | 04:24 am


    You’re welcome.

    Oct 03.2018 | 04:54 am

Dean Gunter

These crab cakes look delicious and thank you for the recipe, am in the process of cutting meat out of my diet, so a delicious recipe like this will surely help 🙂

Great looking article well done keep up the good work, take care.

Kind regards.

Oct 03.2018 | 05:57 am


    Thanks Dean. It is a long time coming for me. Don’t make the same mistake I did. I came across this recipe years ago, but just didn’t want to try the mushrooms. This is it. This is the recipe.


    Oct 03.2018 | 09:45 pm

Ahmad Ballard

Hello Lane, great review. I love crab cakes, as they are one of my favorite foods. I have never heard of vegan crab cakes before, but they look delicious despite that I am not a vegan. I do plan to try out the vegan life someday, plus them crab cakes.

Oct 03.2018 | 10:50 am


    LOL. Ahmad, I wish you the best in your journey. These are great. Let me know how you like it when you try it.

    Oct 03.2018 | 09:49 pm


I recently became a vegan around June. I’ve been trying to find different options available and this looks delicious! Lately I’ve only been eating spaghetti, rice and cereal with almond milk but I’m trying to expand my dishes. The process to make the vegan crab cakes looks pretty extensive but I’m pretty sure it’ll be worth the wait in the end. Thanks a lot for sharing this recipe!

Oct 03.2018 | 05:39 pm


    Hi James,

    Trust me, it’s not extensive at all. Believe it or not, it’s really a quick recipe. Jump on in. Let me know how you like it when you try ’em.

    Oct 03.2018 | 09:51 pm

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