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Fab Cakes

Nicole Kearsley
These Vegan Crab Cakes are crispy on the outside, yet moist & flaky on the inside. They can be enjoyed as an appetizer, side or a main dish.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American, Vegan
Servings 2 Servings


  • 1 can Garbanzo Beans
  • 1 stalk Celery
  • 1 Jalapeño
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1/2 cup Panko Breadcrumbs
  • 1 can Hearts Of Palm
  • 1 Avocado
  • 1 Orange
  • 2 Radishes
  • 1 Scallion
  • 4 ounces Kale & Chard Chopped


  • Drain and rinse the garbanzo beans. Roughly chop the celery. Deseed and roughly chop the jalapeño. Combine the garbanzos, celery, as much of the jalapeño as you’d like, Old Bay seasoning, and just 1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs in a food processor. Pulse until well combined, but not fully broken down about 10 to 12 pulses. Transfer the garbanzo mixture to a large bowl. 
  • Drain the hearts of palm and pat dry with a paper towel, roughly chop. Add just half the chopped hearts of palm to the bowl with the garbanzo mixture. Season with 1/2 tsp salt and 1/8 tsp pepper and stir well.
  • Form the fab cakes mixture into 6 patties and place in the refrigerator.
  • Halve the avocado and remove the pit, dice the flesh and add to a large bowl. Peel and chop orange into bite-sized pieces. Dice the radishes. Thinly slice the scallion. 
  • Add the chopped orange, diced radish, sliced scallion, remaining hearts of palm, and a pinch of salt and pepper to the bowl with the avocado. Toss the avocado citrus salad.
  • Add the remaining panko breadcrumbs to a plate and coat the fab cakes patties on both sides, pressing gently to coat. Place a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat with 2 tbsp vegetable oil. Once the oil is hot, add the fab cakes and cook until golden brown, about 3 to 5 minutes per side. Transfer the patties to a paper towel-lined plate and sprinkle with salt.
  • Return the skillet to high heat with 1 tsp vegetable oil. Add the chopped kale and chard, a pinch of salt and pepper, and 1/4 cup water. Cook until greens are just wilted, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Divide the sauteed greens and fab cakes between plates. Plate with the avocado citrus salad.


COOK IT HEALTHIER: If you want to make a healthier version of this dish, you can definitely bake these. Just set your oven to 400 degrees F. and bake about 8-10 minutes on each side. Make sure to lightly grease your baking sheet too.
*REMOUlADE SAUCE: The fab cakes is best to dip in remoulade sauce!
**SERVING: This recipe yields 20 grams of protein for each serving.
Keyword plant based, vegan