Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  188
  • Protein  13 g
  • Carbohydrates  5 g
  • Fat  13 g
  • Cholesterol  111 mg
  • Sodium  342 mg
  • Potassium  317 mg
  • Phosphorus  185 mg
  • Calcium  52 mg
  • Fiber  0.5 g

Crab Cakes

DaVita renal dietitian, Becky from Nebraska, shares her delectable Crab Cake recipe. Shellfish lovers unite and delight with Becky’s flavorful, kidney-friendly recipe.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita renal dietitian Becky from Nebraska.

Portions: 6     Serving size: 1 crab cake (4 ounces)


    • 1 pound crab meat
    • 1 egg
    • 1/3 cup bell pepper
    • 1/4 cup onion
    • 6 Ritz® low-salt crackers
    • 1/4 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
    • 1 tablespoon dry mustard
    • 1 teaspoon black pepper
    • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley
    • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
    • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
    • dash cayenne pepper
    • 3 tablespoons olive oil


  1. Finely chop bell pepper and onion. Crush crackers.
  2. Combine all ingredients listed above except the oil; shape into 6 patties.
  3. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat.
  4. Cook patties for approximately 4 to 5 minutes, or until browned. 
  5. Flip patties and cook other side until browned, about 4 minutes.
  6. Serve warm.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 2 meat
  • 1 fat
  • 1/2 vegetable, medium potassium

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • Adjust seasoning to taste. Avoid adding additional ingredients that increase sodium content.
  • Fresh or pasteurized crab meat is the lowest in sodium. Frozen and canned crab meat usually has added sodium preservatives.

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Crab Cakes

kwbess95 says:


I made these for dinner tonight! They were delicious!! I will make them again! YUMMY

Sep. 21, 2014, 4:15 PM - Inappropriate review?

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madaw77 says:


my hubby cannot digest bell peppers; is there something else I can add? Dietitian comment: I suggest omitting the bell peppers[INVALID]no other changes needed since there are plenty other flavor ingredients in the recipe.

Mar. 04, 2014, 5:11 PM - Inappropriate review?

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Jacksonfoxy says:


These are a two thumbs up favorite in our house! Love it, love it.

Feb. 13, 2014, 2:16 PM - Inappropriate review?

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Romanito1202 says:


Love it love it love it....

Sep. 19, 2013, 3:35 PM - Inappropriate review?

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hkuber2012 says:


I made this a wk ago for my mom and myself and WOW-UNREAL!!! The taste is amazing-no salt whatsoever...Best thing is-no funky fish taste either.

Aug. 22, 2012, 2:26 PM - Inappropriate review?

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maxx says:


Add dill to the crab cakes mixture or make a sauce of mayo,dill,lemon juice, lemon pepper or ground pepper and paprika. Adjust seasonings according to taste and measure. You can also add a hot sauce in the sauce or in the crab cake mixture for a little bite to it. I also made sandwiches out these crab cakes with a sub roll and added to the sandwich lettuce and one slice of diced tomatoes. They are so good!!

Mar. 08, 2012, 12:08 PM - Inappropriate review?

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jazz8610 says:


Love crab and this recipe is easy since most of the ingredients I have on hand, yes even the crab. I save it for Sunday dinners.

Feb. 19, 2012, 9:55 AM - Inappropriate review?

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wfsjr says:


just finished dinner with the crab cakes. best I have ever had, and I am from tidewater VA area origionally

Apr. 06, 2011, 4:01 PM - Inappropriate review?

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diamondkay says:


My mother just loves these crab cakes, too bad the crab is so expensive. She would eat them everyday if she could thanks DaVita

Jan. 31, 2010, 11:39 AM - Inappropriate review?

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Teechie says:


This a really good recipe for me as I really like fresh crab and crab cakes. Your helpful hints section is also very useful.

May. 26, 2009, 1:43 PM - Inappropriate review?

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This recipe is absolutely fantastic. I made it for my patients right before Christmas and got wonderful reviews. I served it as an appetizer for Christmas dinner and was extremely well-received. Highly recommended!

Jan. 03, 2009, 1:39 PM - Inappropriate review?

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