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Whole30 Crab Cakes Gluten-Free

I’m loving these Whole30 gluten-free crab cakes because they are such a decadent meal. Since starting Whole30, I feel fantastic! I love the fresh approach to eating that it provides. Since the plan doesn’t include grains, I got creative with the ingredients in these gluten-free crab cakes so that they both taste fantastic and hold up.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Fish/Seafood
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crab cakes, gluten-free crab cakes, whole30 crab cakes
Servings: 6 crab cakes
Calories: 80kcal
Author: Chandice


  • 1 can 6 oz. Crown Prince wild caught crab
  • 1 T homemade Whole30 mayo or Primal Mayo
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 C chopped raw veggies I used celery and red & yellow pepper
  • 1/4 C almond flour plus 1/2 C more for dusting
  • 1/2 lime juiced
  • 1/2 tsp. Real Salt
  • 1 tsp. hot pepper sauce
  • 1 T dried parsley
  • coconut oil for frying


  • Drain the crab and flake it using a fork
  • Add all ingredients and form into patties
  • Add additional almond flour as needed to keep your patties together
  • Press both sides of the gluten-free crab cakes in more almond flour
  • Meanwhile, heat 1 T coconut oil over medium heat
  • Once the oil is hot, fry 3-4 minutes on each side until golden brown
  • Enjoy with more fresh squeezed citrus juice


These both taste fantastic and hold up well while frying. We found that almond flour and an egg worked fantastically together to achieve this. 
For the mayonnaise, you will need to use a Whole30 approved brand (like this Primal Kitchen one that I love) or make your own Whole30 mayo like Cheryl over at 40Aprons did. Everyday Maven also has a great recipe and shows you how to make homemade mayo
Feel free to venture out of your comfort zone and try chopping up any vegetables you like to make your Whole30 gluten-free crab cakes unique.
Pro Tip: To ensure your crab is truly gluten-free, only use real crab meat and not imitation. 
Pro Tip: You can also use another nut flour like chestnut or tiger nut if you aren't as fond of almond flour. You could also use coconut flour if you'd prefer.
Pro Tip: You can fry these gluten-free crab cakes in ghee or bacon grease for even more flavor. 


Calories: 80kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 209mg | Potassium: 33mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 425IU | Vitamin C: 3.4mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 0.5mg