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Crabless Crab Cakes Recipe

Crabless Crab Cakes Recipe

These luscious cakes are filled with zucchini, red onion, and cheese (or soy cheese, for a vegan version), instead of crab. They’re a snap to mix and cook, kids love them, and they’re pretty as a picture.

Worcestershire sauce and Dijon mustard give them so much snappy flavor, nobody will miss the crab.

2 cups grated zucchini
1 cup seasoned bread crumbs
3/4 cup grated cheddar cheese or soy cheddar
1/2 cup finely diced red onion
1 egg, or egg replacer, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons mayonnaise or vegan mayonnaise
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup olive oil

1. Combine zucchini, bread crumbs, cheese, onion, egg, mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl.

2. Shape the mixture into 6 cakes.

3. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the cakes and cook 7 to 10 minutes on each side, turning once, until golden and cooked through.

Serves 6.

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Adapted from The Imus Ranch: Cooking for Kids and Cowboys, by Deirdre Imus (Rodale Press, 2004).

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11:33AM PDT on Apr 10, 2013


3:40AM PST on Jan 1, 2013

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12:50AM PST on Dec 8, 2012

Thanks for sharing.

9:46AM PDT on Sep 17, 2012

I've never heard of Worcestershire sauce. It isn't available in Poland, I suppose

8:24AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Lovely, am allergic to crab, but love zucchini! Especially with chocolate, a very moist cake but just as an all purpose veggie it is marvellous!

1:34AM PDT on Jul 19, 2012

I'm definitely going to make these, but
FISH ALERT: Vegetarians will want to know that Worcester Sauce contains anchovies.

6:51AM PDT on Jul 18, 2012

I am going to make these for dinner tonight but, being from Maryland, Crab Cake Capital of the World, I will have to put some Old Bay in there as well!

10:14AM PDT on Jul 17, 2012

thnx for this - could be my supper

3:07AM PDT on Jul 17, 2012


1:23PM PDT on Jul 16, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

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