Vegetarian Crab Cakes Recipe (with Zucchini )

vegetarian crab cakesVegetarian Crab Cakes served at most restaurants are made of “stuff” that looks like meat, but is not actually meat! Not able to make myself eat one of those, I decided to go for a less glamorous but equally tasty option – Vegetarian “Crab” Cakes made with Zucchini! It tastes a bit like zucchini fritters except that it’s a healthier option. Feel free to experiment with other herbs that you like; in fact, parsley would be a great alternative to the cilantro I used! These Vegetable Zucchini Cakes can definitely give a tough competition to the original Crab Cakes recipe!

3 cups grated zucchini
3/4 cup bread crumbs
1/4 cup fat-free or low-fat milk
3 tbsp mayonnaise
2 tbsp cilantro -finely chopped
6 green onions – finely chopped
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
2-3 tsp chili garlic sauce
3 tbsp all purpose flour
2 tbsp olive oil
1 boiled potato – mashed
2 tbsp lemon juice

Drain all water from the grated zucchini by pressing tightly.

In a large bowl, combine the zucchini, bread-crumbs, potato, milk, mayonnaise, cilantro, green onions, salt, pepper and chili sauce. Moisten hands with water and form the mixture into 8 cakes. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Lightly coat each cake on both sides with flour. Heat olive oil or butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the crab cakes until crispy and golden brown, about 4 to 5 minutes on each side. Then allow to cool on a tissue paper.

Serve the delicious Vegetarian “Crab” Cakes with a dipping sauce of your choice!

Tip: To prevent the crab cakes from falling apart while cooking, make sure to refrigerate the cakes for at least an hour before frying.


  1. these are too good! I love crab cakes, but for once, these vegetarian pieces look more enticing!:)


  2. Anonymous says:

    wonderful recipe!

  3. I tried these out and they came out awesome! no one could say they were made from zucchini!! thanks so much for a brilliant recipe! everyone just loved it:)


  4. these have got to be the best veggie crab cakes ever:)thanks for the recipe!


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