low carb crab cakes recipe

Easy to make, Low carb Crab Cakes

There is no reason why you can’t enjoy delicious food when you are living with diabetes. These low-carb crab cakes are delicious and a diabetic-friendly meal option.

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Low carb crab cakes

Low Carb Crab Cakes

Easy to make Low Carb crab cakes with homemade tartar sauce.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6


  • 1 lb Crab Meat
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 1 Tbsp Grainy mustard
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • pinch of ground black pepper


  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine mayonnaise, both mustards, egg, salt, ground black pepper and Worcestershire sauce
  • In a separate mixing bowl combine crab meat with panko. Stir well to coat
  • Add panko covered crab meat to the wet mixture and stir well.
  • Remove 1/3 to 1/2 of the mixture and pulse in a mini chopper or food processor.
  • Once the mixture is like a lumpy paste, return it to the bowl with the other crab meat and combine.
  • Form into 6 patties, using your hands and place on a plate.
  • In a large skillet, heat oil.
  • Add crab cakes and cook for approximately 5 minutes and then turn over carefully.
  • Cook for another 4-6 minutes or until golden brown on both sides.
  • Serve with fresh tartar sauce.
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Crab Vs. imitation Crab Meat.

Real crab meat needs no explanation, but there are certainly differences when it comes to imitation crab meat. Imitation crab meat is made from other types of minced fish. There are many additives and preservatives that cause it to mimic the taste of real crab. Some of those additives are salt, egg whites, sugar and starch. Let’s compare imitation crab to Alaskan King Crab (popular crab meat)

Nutrition for 3 ozAlaskan King Imitation
Omega 3390 mcg25 mcg
carbohydrates012.7 g
Protein16.5 g6.5 g

It’s pretty clear after looking at the comparisons in nutritional information for the two, the healthiest option for anyone, but especially diabetics is the real crab meat. The nutritional value stated in my recipe is for using Alaskan king crab meat. If you opt for imitation crab meat, be sure to take that into consideration when counting carbs.

Panko breadcrumbs Vs. regular breadcrumbs

Panko breadcrumbs are lighter and crispier than regular breadcrumbs. This results in a crispier texture when using them for coatings. The advantage when using them for diabetic-friendly recipes is the carbohydrate content. Let’s compare regular breadcrumbs with Panko (average from general brands)

Nutrition in 1/2 cupPanko breadcrumbsRegular breadcrumbs
calories 110229
carbohydrate22 (21 net )41 (38 net)
fat1 g6g
sodium45 mg800

After comparing panko breadcrumbs against regular breadcrumbs, we can clearly see the benefit of using panko breadcrumbs, whenever possible, especially when cooking for diabetics.

Nutritional information for Low Carb Crab Cakes

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Recipe for homemade tartar sauce

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Low carb crab cakes

Tartar Sauce

This tartar sauce is the perfect accompaniment for our Homemade low carb crab cakes and low carb fish fillets.
Prep Time 10 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp sweet green relish
  • 1 tsp yellow mustard


  • In a small mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and whisk
  • Chill for 20 minutes or more before serving.

Nutritional value for homemade tartar sauce

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