Yield: 14 patties/cakes

Hearts of Palm "Crab" Cakes {vegan, gluten-free, grain-free option}

Your new "wow" recipe: "crab" cakes made with shredded hearts of palm! Light, crispy, tender, and utterly delicious, these will dazzle you, as well as family and friends.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes


  • 1 can (14 to 15 ounces) hearts of palm, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup vegan mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay or other seafood seasoning
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped green onions
  • 1 cup gluten-free panko (Japanese bread crumbs), divided
  • Optional Accompaniments

Optional Accompaniments

  • Lemon wedges
  • Chopped fresh parsley
  • Cocktail sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 400F (200C). Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Thinly slice hearts of palm lengthwise; cut slices crosswise into 3/4-inch lengths. Transfer to a medium bowl and, using fingers, gently press and break apart into shreds.
  3. In another medium bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, Old Bay seasoning, salt and pepper until well blended. Stir in hearts of palm and green onions until well combined (I like to get my hands in, to further break up hearts of palm).
  4. Sprinkle half the panko over hearts of palm mixture and mix in thoroughly (do not mash). Form into fourteen 1.2-inch thick patties (I used a #40 cookie scoop to portion).
  5. Spread the remaining panko in a small dish. Dredge patties in panko, pressing gently to adhere. As they are dredged, place patties on prepared baking sheet, spacing them evenly. Spray with cooking spray. Discard any excess panko.
  6. Bake for 18 to 22 minutes until light golden brown.
  7. Turn on broiler to HIGH. Broil for 30 to 90 seconds (keep checking, it happens fast!) until deep golden brown. Serve immediately with suggested accompaniments, as desired.


Grain-Free Option: Replace the panko with the following: 1/3 cup almond flour + 1-1/2 tablespoons coconut flour + 1/4 teaspoon baking powder + 1/8 teaspoon salt. Stir ingredients in a small bowl. Add half to the hearts of palm mixture (same as panko) and use the other half for dredging.

Options: If you are not following a vegan or gluten-free diet, feel free to use the mayonnaise of your choice and regular panko.

Nutrition Information

Serving Size

1 cake

Amount Per Serving Calories 47Total Fat 2.6gSaturated Fat 0.3gCholesterol 0mgSodium 71mgCarbohydrates 4.7gFiber 0.62gSugar 0.29gProtein 0.86g

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