Vegan Crab Cakes

February 26, 2018
By Jessica Carter

A vegan spin on crab cakes, these compassionate plant-based patties get their flaky texture from artichoke hearts and hearts of palm. Their distinct seafood flavor is fueled by Old Bay seasoning, dulse flakes, and vegan oyster mushroom sauce.

Vegan Crab Cakes

Prep Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 20 Patties


  • 2 15.5oz cans of chickpeas drained
  • 1 14oz can artichoke hearts
  • 1 14oz can hearts of palm
  • 2 tbsp dulse seaweed flakes can be replaced with kelp flakes
  • 2 tbsp vegetarian oyster sauce
  • 2 tbsp Old Bay seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3 whole green onions
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 2 tbs Neat Egg mix or milled chia seeds
  • ½ yellow onion diced
  • 1 handful fresh parsley leaves
  • Cooking oil spray
  • Topping: Vegan tartar sauce optional


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Add chickpeas, artichoke hearts, and hearts of palm to a food processor. Pulse for a few seconds at a time until ingredients are flaky and well combined. Do not overprocess or the mixture will become mushy. Add mixture to a large mixing bowl.
  • Add remaining ingredients to food processor and pulse until well combined. Everything should be finely minced until it is almost a puree consistency. Add to the chickpea mixture in the large mixing bowl.
  • Fold all ingredients together using a large spoon until well combined. Use a ⅓ cup measurer to portion patties and form into round discs, about 1-inch thick. Lightly spray the parchment-lined baking sheet with cooking oil and place in evenly spaced rows.
  • Bake in the 375-degree oven for about 40 minutes until the patties have an even golden-brown color. Remove from oven and allow to cool for around 10 minutes before serving.
  • Enjoy with vegan tartar sauce. The patties can also be used to make vegan burgers.
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Jessica Carter is the Vegan Food and Lifestyle Coach at Compassion Over  Killing (COK). Committed to making plant-based eating more accessible for all, she organizes and hosts cooking demos, develops online trainings and multimedia content for, and coordinates collaborations with vegan influencers. Her recipes have been featured on FOX45 BaltimoreLet’s Talk Live, and Good Morning Washington.

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