Crab Cake Recipe Without Egg: How To

Last Updated on December 29, 2023

Today, we’re going to be looking at a crab cake recipe without egg. Crab cake is one of the most popular choices of starters – and it’s not too difficult to see why. Whether you bake it, fry it, grill it or broil it, crab cakes are absolutely delicious. And also the perfect choice for a summer dish. However, if you’re intolerant to eggs, or simply don’t like the eggs – you may be looking for an alternative, and you need to look no further. Let’s take a look at how to make a crab cake without using egg.

What Is A Crab Cake?

You’re probably already familiar with what a crab cake is. However, if you’re not, it’s one of the most popular choices of fish cake available. The main ingredient is obviously, crab meat. However, it’s also mixed with other ingredients such as breadcrumbs, mayonnaise, eggs, and seasonings. They’re golden, crispy, and can be cooked in a variety of ways; including, frying, baking, grilling, or broiling.

Ingredients in a crab cake

The ingredients in a crab cake can differ slightly depending on which recipe you’re following. However, the most common ingredients in a crab cake are:

  • crab meat
  • bread crumbs
  • mayonnaise
  • mustard
  • eggs
  • seasonings (salt, pepper, etc.)

Crab cake nutrition information

You may be curious as to the nutritional value of a crab cake. The average-sized crab cake (60g) contains the following:

  • Calories: 160
  • Fat: 10g
  • Sat Fat: 2.2g
  • Cholesterol: 82mg
  • Sodium: 490mg
  • Potassium: 162mg
  • Carbs: 5g
  • Dietary Fiber: 0.2g
  • Protein: 11g

1) Crab Cake Recipe Without Egg

Let’s move on to the reason you’re here – how to make a crab cake without using eggs. It’s much simpler than you may think! The recipe we’re looking at is inspired by Dinner Mom and these Maryland-style lump crab cakes are too die for!


The ingredients you’ll need for this recipe are:

  • 28 crushed saltine crackers
  • 1/3 cup of egg-free mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp. of spicy mustard
  • 1/4 cup of diced onion
  • 1/4 cup of diced celery
  • 1 tsp. of Old Bay Seasoning
  • 16 oz of crab meat
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil


Now all you need to do is:

Step 1: Prepare the crab cakes

Grab a bowl and add the saltine crackers, mayonnaise, spicy mustard, onion, celery, and Old Bay Seasoning. Mix until the ingredients are just combined. Once mixed, add the crab meat to the bowl, ensuring there aren’t any pieces that are too large. Now fold the crab into the mixture until well combined. Now take out around 1/4 cup as a portion size and shape into a round patty roughly with your hands. Repeat this until you have used all of the crab cake mixture.

Step 2: If pan-frying

Place a pan over a medium to high heat and add the olive oil. Add your crab cakes to the pan once the oil is hot (it may need a few rounds of cooking, depending on the size of your pan). Cook the crab cakes until golden brown on both sides. This should take around 2-3 minutes on each side. Be sure not to turn over too many times when cooking, as the crab meat with start to fall apart. Remove from heat and drain for a few minutes on paper towels. Serve with a dipping sauce of your choice.

Step 2: If baking

If baking, you’ll need to preheat your oven to 350F and put the crab cakes onto a prepared baking sheet. Be sure to grease the baking sheet before placing the crab cakes on. Now bake in the center of your preheated oven for around 35-45 minutes. You should turn the cakes over once after around 20 minutes. Remove from oven once the crab cakes are golden brown. Serve with a dipping sauce of your choice.

2) Egg-Free Tartar Sauce Recipe

There’s nothing that goes better than tartar sauce with crab cakes. However, tartar sauce isn’t typically egg-free – so let’s take a look at how to make your own. This recipe is inspired by the Minimalist Baker.


The ingredients you’ll need for this recipe are:

  • 1/2 cup of egg-free mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons of dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon of maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons of dill pickles (diced)
  • 2 tablespoons of shallot (finely diced)
  • salt (to taste)
  • pepper (to taste)


Now all you need to do is:

Step 1: Whisk

Grab a small bowl and add the mayonnaise, mustard, lemon juice, and syrup. Mix well until combined. Once combined, add the pickle, shallot, salt, and pepper. Give it a good mix until well combined.

Step 2: Adjust

It may need a bit of adjusting to your taste. If you’re finding it needs more sweetness, add some extra syrup. If you’re finding it’s lacking bite, add more mustard, etc.

Step 3: Enjoy!

Serve with your crab cakes. You can store any leftovers you may have in an airtight container in the fridge for around 3-4 days. However, for best results, enjoy fresh.

What is crab cake sauce made of


I hope this article has helped you to become more familiar with a crab cake recipe without egg. For whatever reason you don’t want to use eggs, it’s super easy to replace them and they still taste just as delicious.

Do you have any tips or tricks when it comes to making egg-free crab cakes? If so, please feel free to let me know in the comments below. Sharing is caring!


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