Zucchini “Mock Crab” Cakes

We all know my vegetarian heart weeps for the seafood I do not eat.  There are a lot of good meat substitutes out there (fake hamburger, bacon, sausage, chicken strips, and hot dogs to name a few) but there just isn’t a seafood stand-in.  The best cure for the seafood-sick heart seems to lie in substitutions rather than swaps.  For example, instead of a fake tuna sandwich, you replace the tuna with chickpeas.

And instead of fake crab cakes, you replace the crab meat with shredded zucchini and carry on.  I know it sounds doubtful, but the combination of traditional seasonings and the texture of zucchini really do create a resulting dish that looks and tastes a lot like crab cakes. 

Along with a side salad and some tartar sauce for dipping, you’ve got a light, flavorful supper perfect for summer.

This post was inspired by the whale watch I went on last weekend with my family.  Also, please note that I decided to cut off most of my hair.  Welcome back, 2001 Aimee.

Zucchini “Mock Crab” Cakes
Adapted from The Washington Post

Ingredients
2 medium zucchini (2 cups when shredded)
1 cup bread crumbs (Panko work best)
1 egg, beaten
1 Tbsp. mayonnaise
1 1/2 tsp. Old Bay seasoning
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1/4 cup flat leaf parsley, chopped

Instructions

  • Coarsely grate the zucchini and place in a colander over a bowl.  Sprinkle with a few shakes of salt, and allow the zucchini to drain for 30 minutes.  Press the zucchini down to remove excess water, and pat dry with paper towels.  It should be damp, but not dripping.  Discard the water.
  • In a medium bowl, mix together zucchini and breadcrumbs.  In a small bowl, mix together egg, mayonnaise, Old Bay, mustard, lemon juice, and parsley.  Add egg mixture to zucchini mixture and combine.
  • Using an ice cream scoop, place portions of the mixture in your hands and form into a ball.  Press down lightly on the ball to form a cake.  Using the scoop will ensure that all of your cakes are equal size, so they will cook at the same speed.  Place the cakes on a piece of parchment paper until ready to cook.
  • In a non-stick skillet over medium-low heat, splash some olive oil, then gently transfer the cakes to the skillet using a spatula.  Turn the cakes after a few moments, then turn again, until they are golden brown and crispy.
  • Serve while hot with tartar sauce, lemon wedges, and a side salad.

Yield: 6-8 cakes.

Note:  Any cakes that you don’t cook right away can be stored in the fridge for up to 24 hours.  I just wrapped the parchment paper up around the extras and kept them in the fridge until ready to use.

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14 Comments on “Zucchini “Mock Crab” Cakes”

  1. August 27, 2011 at 7:07 am #

    I like your hair cut! And I like zucchini fritters, too. Yum.

    • August 27, 2011 at 4:44 pm #

      Thanks, Ursula! Nothing feels better than chopping off the hair. And these zucchini cakes are super good.

  2. August 27, 2011 at 7:09 pm #

    This looks like something that even meateaters would enjoy! They look spectacular, I want crab cakes now, lol!

  3. August 28, 2011 at 11:53 am #

    I’m a huge fan of zucchini “crab” cakes…or zucchini anything for that matter. Yours look beautiful!

  4. August 28, 2011 at 12:22 pm #

    Great whale pics! I love all things zucchini so I might have to make these.

  5. Ulla
    August 29, 2011 at 8:57 pm #

    Can’t wait to try these, Aimee. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  6. September 9, 2011 at 4:26 pm #

    For someone who loves the idea of “crab cakes” but doesn’t actually like crab, this looks awesome! Thank you so much for sharing – what a great option and addition to my recipe book!

    twentyeight
    http://threetwentyeight.com/category/food/

  7. Anonymous
    September 9, 2011 at 8:11 pm #

    My garden is producing approximately one zucchini per minute. I’m always grateful to find another tasty option for using up some of the bounty…

  8. September 12, 2011 at 4:17 am #

    I have recently made these with a very similar recipe of my mother’s, and it was delicious. At this time of year the average gardener is knee high in courgettes/zucchinis so this is a perfect way for vegans and omnivores alike to sensibly use these mild vegetables. Gotta have the Old Bay though. I always buy a few tins when I am in the States visiting my Dad, with a few as ‘gifts’ for foodie friends. Thanks for reminding us of this simple and yummy recipe.

  9. September 22, 2011 at 2:57 pm #

    These look awesome. I love seafood but I love zucchini too and these sound right up my alley!

  10. October 15, 2011 at 9:44 am #

    What a great idea – old bay seasoning with zuks. Love it.

  11. Bonne B
    March 4, 2012 at 11:43 am #

    I’m from Virginia where we’re raised crabbing in the summer with a string, a chicken neck and a big wire net on the end of a stick. I’ve been making these for years and its amazing that people will argue with me that there is actually crab or “sea leg” meat in these! I’ve been complemented on getting all the shell out before! HA!

  12. August 1, 2012 at 2:17 pm #

    Oh yum! I have a big zucchini at home.. I know what I’m making now!

    xo Jennifer

    http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

  13. Anonymous
    September 28, 2012 at 1:38 pm #

    We have made it a couple of weeks ago and are going to make it again.! Absolutely delicious recipe.I have not changed anything.Thank you so much for this simple and nutricious dish.

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