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Gluten Free Crab Cakes

IBS diet plan - Gluten Free Crab Cakes

I love a good crab cake especially during the summer months as makes for a perfectly light appetizer or even main dish.  Unfortunately, when ordered out at a restaurant they are usually heavily fried and pre-mixed with breadcrumbs, garlic, and onion.  This lightened up version is delicious and no one would bat an eye that it was gluten-free.  These are also a crowd pleaser and are super easy to make for a crowd plus fits right in with your IBS diet plan.

What are some of your favorite summer light bites?  Looking for other recipe ideas? Check out some of my favorites: tomato bruschetta, shishito peppers, and hummus.

Crab mixture being mixed together in a glass bowl.

Crab mixture ready to be formed into patties

Frying FODMAP safe crab cakes in a large pan.

Pan frying crab cakes

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IBS diet plan - Gluten Free Crab Cakes

Gluten-Free Crab Cakes

  • Author: Fit fab FODMAP
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 28 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


A crab cake recipe that is not only gluten-free but also free of garlic and onion!


  • 2.5 Tablespoons Gluten Free Bread Crumbs
  • 1 Tablespoon Fresh Parsley, chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon Green Onions, diced
  • 1 Tablespoon Mayonnaise (I used vegan)
  • 1 Teaspoon Grated Lemon Rind + more for garnish
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt & Pepper
  • 1 Large Egg, lightly beaten
  • 8 Ounce Lump Crab meat, drained
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil


  1. In a medium size bowl gently combine all of the ingredients except the butter and olive oil. Chill for at least 15 minutes in the refrigerator.
  2. Divide crab mixture into 4 even portions and shape into patties.
  3. Melt the butter on medium heat on a large skillet. Add oil and coat the pan.
  4. Gently add the patties and cook 4 minutes on each side or until the crab cakes are golden brown.
  5. Place on paper towels for a minute to drain any excess oil.

Keywords: crab cake recipe, fodmap crab cakes, fodmap seafood recipe

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  • Kristin
    September 13, 2018 at 11:06 pm

    Making these tonight! Do you have a suggestion for a side to go with these, if I’m making them for a summer main dish?

    • Fit Fab FODMAP
      September 14, 2018 at 2:09 am

      YAY! I can’t wait to hear how they turn out. A few ideas I would pair with crab cakes: grilled vegetables, potato salad or coleslaw. All the recipes are on my website!!

  • Kristin DeLooff
    September 24, 2018 at 11:23 pm

    We were not super jazzed by how these turned out. They were kind of bland and dry. I’m used to crab cakes with a remoulade or aioli; there’s a fodmap-safe lime aioli on Kate Scarlata’s blog I might try with these next time.

    • Fit Fab FODMAP
      September 28, 2018 at 12:23 am

      I’m bummed to hear that! I haven’t had that experience. I wonder if you need more mayo so it won’t be as dry.