Vegan Chickpea Crab Cakes

Don’t be deceived by the title as they are actually only chickpeas.

The recipe title may be quite deceitful and it may make you hesitant to view but fear not as this is a full vegan recipe.

Of course being vegan covers not harming anything from the ocean. But if you are new to being vegan, then this might be a good way to start it. This will be a very good start for your transition without having to say that you completely went cold turkey from what you used to have for meals.

The flavors are just the right combination that they actually make one hell of a crab cake considering that you will be using chickpea instead of actual crab meat. It is very satisfying and a really good party dish or something to serve if you have guests staying over for a meal. You will definitely not regret trying this.

Check out the awesome recipe below.

Vegan Chickpea Crab Cakes


Chickpea Crab Cakes:

Two 15-ounce cans chickpeas, drained and 1/4 cup liquid reserved
Pinch cream of tartar
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon lemon juice, plus lemon wedges for serving
2 teaspoons Old Bay Seasoning
1 teaspoon honey mustard
2 slices of white bread or 1 hamburger bun, torn into small pieces
Kosher salt
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
Vegetable oil, for frying
Tartar Sauce:
1/4 cup vegan mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon honey mustard
Pinch Old Bay Seasoning
1/2 whole dill pickle, finely chopped
1 tablespoon dill pickle brine



For the chickpea crab cakes: Place the reserved chickpea liquid into a large bowl, then add the cream of tartar and whip vigorously until foamy and thick.

Whisk in the parsley, lemon juice, Old Bay and honey mustard, then add the bread pieces and toss to coat. Let sit until the bread is soft, about 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, finely chop the chickpeas (alternatively, you can pinch or smush them). When the bread mixture is ready, add the chickpeas and toss and squeeze the mixture until it holds together. Form into eight 3/4-inch thick patties with nice rounded edges. Cover and chill them for at least 1 hour.


For the tartar sauce: Whisk together the mayonnaise, honey mustard, Old Bay, pickle and pickle brine in a small bowl. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Whisk a large pinch of salt into the flour and put on a plate. Pour enough oil to cover the bottom of a large nonstick skillet and heat over medium-high heat. Dredge half of the cakes in the flour. Once the oil is hot and shimmering, add the cakes and cook until crunchy and deep golden brown, about 3 minutes per side. Adjust the heat as necessary to keep them from browning too quickly. Transfer to a baking sheet and repeat with the remaining cakes. Sprinkle each with salt, then bake until heated completely through, about 5 minutes.
Serve the chickpea crab cakes with the tartar sauce and lemon wedges.


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