Two Paleo & Keto Crab Cakes on a plate
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Keto Crab Cakes Recipe

A savory, rich crab cake with none of the carbs, this keto crab cake recipe brims with sweet delicate lump crab meat. Perfect for a date night or special occasion at home. Also Whole30 and paleo-friendly.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Crab
Servings: 10 crab cakes
Calories: 192kcal
Author: Davinah S. Smith


  • 1 lb lump crab meat
  • 1 lb claw crab meat
  • 1 shallot thin slices
  • 3 baby bell peppers thin slices
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup Real Hellmann’s Mayo
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp white pepper
  • 1/4 cup Fresh parsley chop or rip by hand
  • 1.5 tbsp Old Bay
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp dry mustard or 2 tbsp mustard from a bottle
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • Olive Oil for pan frying


  • Heat a medium skillet on medium heat with olive oil
  • Add peppers, onions, and garlic to pan and cook until translucent (~3 minutes). Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Put crab meat into a large bowl. Use your hands to feel for shells. Remove if necessary.
  • Mix eggs and mayo in a small bowl
  • Add salt, pepper, parsley, Old Bay, lemon juice, mustard, onion/pepper/garlic and egg/mayo mix to crab meat. Mix to fully incorporate.
  • Add almond flour and mix (the purpose of the almond flour is to hold the crab cake together when you form a patty in your hand. This was enough for me, but if you want more hold, simply add 1 tbsp at a time)
  • Form crab cakes and allow to chill for 20-30 minutes
  • Wipe the pan used for onions, pepper and garlic
  • Heat the pan to medium with about 1/2 inch of olive oil
  • Cook crab cakes until browned on both sides (3-4 minutes per side)


This made 10 large crab cakes. I put two on the plate with easy asparagus and a quick tartar sauce.


Calories: 192kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 76mg | Sodium: 960mg | Potassium: 240mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 483IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 1mg