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.

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


William C
William C8 months ago


W. C
W. C8 months ago

Thank you.

Patsy O.
Patsy Olive4 years ago


Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W5 years ago

Oops, I've already commented on this one...

Danuta Watola
Danuta W5 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W5 years ago

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

Dale Overall

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!

Magdalen B.
Magdalen B5 years ago

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

Linda T.
Linda T5 years ago

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!

Jane Warren
Jane Warren5 years ago

thnx for this - could be my supper