Lion's Mane "Crab" Cakes
This vegetarian version of the classic crab cake is fantastic. With a terrific flavor and texture, this is perfect as an appetizer or main course!
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Course: Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Vegetarian
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 252kcal
Author: Chef Bill Collins

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Lion's mane mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • ½ cup bread crumbs
  • 2 large eggs, slightly beaten
  • 2 scallions, finely chopped
  • 1 ½ tablespoons mustard
  • 7 dashes Tabasco (or other hot sauce)
  • 8 dashes Worcestershire Sauce (vegetarian Worcestershire, if you'd prefer)
  • ¾ cup cornmeal
  • ¼ cup Panko (Japanese breadcrumbs) (Optional)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper

Instructions

  • With your fingers, shred the lion’s mane mushrooms into pieces, until it resembles crab meat. Put these into a saucepan with the water and ½ teaspoon of salt. Bring to a simmer, stir, and cover. Reduce the heat to low, and cook for 2-3 minutes, until the mushrooms are wilted and have given up their liquid (they’ll be much softer that when you shredded them)
  • Allow the mushrooms to cool, then squeeze out as much water as you can
  • In a bowl, combine the mushrooms, bread crumbs, eggs, scallions, mustard, Tabasco, and Worcestershire sauce. Refrigerate, covered, for one hour. You can also do this up to 24 hours ahead
  • Shape the mixture into 4 round patties 
  • Combine cornmeal and Panko, and roll the patties in the cornmeal mixture.
  • Heat a large skillet over a medium heat. When it’s heated, add the olive oil.  Sauté the crab cakes until golden colored, approximately 4-5 minutes per side

Notes

Makes approximately 8 cakes, or 12-15 mini-cakes
Serve with remoulade sauce
Nutrition Facts
Lion's Mane "Crab" Cakes
Serving Size
 
3 g
Amount per Serving
Calories
252
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
8
g
12
%
Saturated Fat
 
2
g
13
%
Trans Fat
 
0.01
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
2
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
4
g
Cholesterol
 
82
mg
27
%
Sodium
 
253
mg
11
%
Potassium
 
201
mg
6
%
Carbohydrates
 
35
g
12
%
Fiber
 
4
g
17
%
Sugar
 
2
g
2
%
Protein
 
8
g
16
%
Vitamin A
 
184
IU
4
%
Vitamin C
 
2
mg
2
%
Calcium
 
56
mg
6
%
Iron
 
2
mg
11
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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