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Monday, March 18, 2013

Cauliflower "Crabcakes" (DF, GF, vegan)

Cauliflower "Crabcakes"
Cauliflower can be a very bland vegetable, but this preparation is full of flavor!  I modified a crabcake recipe, using the seasonings and techniques to gussy up the cauliflower, but instead of frying the cake, I baked it so I could still present a healthy veggie to the family :)

These cakes are fragile, so you'll need to handle them carefully to get them from the oven to the plate in one piece, but they really add a zing to your meal.  The combination of lemon juice, Old Bay and mustard powder adds great tartness to the creamy cauliflower.

Cauliflower "Crabcakes"

1 head cauliflower
2 Tbsp coconut oil
1 cup GF bread crumbs
1 lemon
1 Tbsp Old Bay seasoning
1 Tbsp dry mustard powder
1 tsp salt
1 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1 1/2 cups vegan mayonnaise

Chop the cauliflower into 1/2" pieces.  Do not use a food processor for this step, or the cauliflower will get too pulverized.  Your goal is to arrive at something that resembles egg salad.  I used my trusty old wooden bowl and crescent-shaped hand chopper.  Steam the cauliflower your favorite way until it is soft (I use the microwave for about 7 minutes with a few teaspoons of water).

Meanwhile, melt the coconut oil in a medium-sized bowl.  Mix in the bread crumbs to soften them (my brand of GF breadcrumbs is awfully crunchy).  Add the rest of the ingredients, except the mayonnaise.

Mix in the cauliflower to the bread crumb/spice mixture.  Add mayonnaise last, then mix well.  Shape into patties and set on a parchment-covered baking sheet (you will need two sheets).  If the patties aren't holding together well, add more mayonnaise.

Bake at 375 degrees for about 20 minutes, or until the cakes begin to brown nicely.  Transfer carefully to plates using a large spatula, as these are very delicate.  Serve warm; makes 12.

Shared with Slightly Indulgent TuesdayHearth and Soul HopAllergy Free Wednesday, Wellness Weekend, Healing With Food FridayGluten Free Friday, Gastronomical Sovereignty and On The Menu Monday.


  1. Found you through a link party today! Love this recipe! Definitely will be returning for more recipes! Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. I can't wait to try these! Old Bay really can make many combinations taste like yummy crab cakes. :-) Will share on my gfe Facebook page later.


  3. I have not seen old bay seasoning in my store. Do you have a recipe for a seasoning combination that would work. Or any other suggestions?
    Thank you

    1. Try this recipe:

  4. I am still making your cauliflower ricotta. I will have to try these as well. I have made zucchini crabcakes before and like them so this is a way to extend the season as it were. Thanks for sharing at Healing With Food Friday. Love your recipes.