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Keto Crab Cakes

These Keto Crab Cakes are a trust taste of the East Coast, packed with lump crab meat and flavor and none of the carbs!

If you’ve ever visited the East Coast of the United States, particularly areas like Maine or Boston, you’ll have run into crab cakes. These areas love crab everything, from crab rolls to fresh crab to crab cakes. It’s hard to walk into a restaurant without finding several crab dishes on the menu.

While I haven’t yet discovered a keto alternative to crab rolls, it was surprisingly easy to create a keto-friendly crab cake recipe. I replaced the bread crumbs with almond flour and pork rinds and viola, keto crab cakes!

The most important part of this recipe is to use REAL crab, typically found as lump crab meat. Imitation crab may be cheaper but it’s packed with chemicals and additives that may contain wheat, turning this keto recipe into a carb-fest.

Not to mention, did you know how healthy crab actually is? I know we think of it as something drowned in butter but crab itself is actually a healthy protein. Crab is packed with omega-3 fatty acids, phosphorous which helps your bones, vitamin B2, selenium, and can even work as an antioxidant to boost your immunity! Who knew!

How To Make Keto Crab Cakes:

Step 1. In a bowl, break up crab meat with a fork.

Step 2. Add egg.

Step 3. Toss in all other ingredients, except olive oil, and mix completely until evenly combined.

Step 4. Let the mixture sit for 2-3 minutes before forming 4 equally-sized patties.

Step 5. Heat olive oil and butter over medium heat.

Step 6. Cook each keto crab cake for 3-5 minutes on each side, until crispy and browned.

Step 7. Serve warm with sour cream and chives or parsley.


What variations can I make to Keto Crab Cakes?

Feel free to switch up the seasonings used. Some people like a spicer crab cake or prefer to use Old Bay Seasoning instead of the ones I used.

How should I serve these Keto Crab Cakes?

Keto Crab Cakes are a great appetizer or a light meal. When serving as an appetizer, I may even make smaller individual patties. Keto crab cakes also taste delicious on a salad for a light lunch.


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Keto Crab Cakes

Keto Crab Cakes


  • ●       8 oz. Crab claw meat
  • ●       1 Egg
  • ●       4 tbsp. Almond flour
  • ●       2 tbsp. Crushed pork rind crumbs
  • ●       1 tbsp. Lemon juice
  • ●       ½ tsp. Salt
  • ●       1 tsp. Garlic powder
  • ●       2 tbsp. Fresh chopped chives
  • ●       2 tbsp. Fresh chopped parsley
  • ●       1 tbsp. Olive oil
  • ●       1 tbsp. Butter


  1. If you are using packaged or canned crab meat, be sure to drain it well before using it in this recipe. The extra moisture could throw the measurements of the recipe off.
  2. In a mixing bowl, add 8 ounces of crab claw meat, and break it up into pieces with a fork.
  3. Mix in 1 egg.
  4. Toss in the almond flour, pork rind crumbs, lemon juice, salt, chives, and parsley.
  5. Stir the mixture together well until the ingredients are combined completely.
  6. Let the mixture sit for 2-3 minutes.
  7. Form the mixture into 4 equal cakes.
  8. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the crab cakes for 3-5 minutes on each side until they are seared and crispy on the outside, and cooked through.
  9. Serve with a dollop of sour cream, or fresh chopped herbs. 


Serves 2

Check out my best KETO recipes below:

Keto Creamy Cauliflower Chicken CasseroleIt’s creamy, cheesy, and oh-so-delicious while still following all keto lifestyle guidelines. What’s not to love?

Keto Sausage Breakfast Bites –  A great way to start your day with a good protein boost to get you going on the right foot. 

Keto NoodlesJust top with your favorite keto pasta sauce and enjoy it!

Keto Jalapeno Cloud Bread For this Jalapeno Cloud Bread, we took a traditional keto cloud bread recipe and spiced it up with…you guessed, it jalapenos.

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