Crab Cakes (okara & jackfruit)

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These are delicious. They are crunchy on the outside and soft in the inside. Unfortunately, this recipe may not be for everyone as it is made with okara, the pulp left over from making soy milk. I have seen on some blogs that you can use tofu instead of okara, but I have not tested the recipe to see how that would turn out.

Yield: about 10 (34 g/1.2oz)


  • 1 pkg jackfruit (300 g/10 oz), drained and rinsed
  • ¾ cup okara* (5 oz)
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 ½ tsp nori powder
  • 1 ½ tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp Old Bay Seasoning
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 8 turns, fresh ground pepper
  • 2 Tbsp mayonnaise or use Cashew Sour Cream
  • ¼ cup soft bread crumbs
  • 1 cup panko for breading
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ tsp psyllium husks*


  1. Drain and rinse the jackfruit. Using a salad spinner to remove excess moisture is ideal.
  2. Add to a large mixing bowl the jackfruit, okara, onion powder, garlic powder, nori powder, parsley, and Old Bay. Mix well to incorporate.
  3. Season with salt and pepper. Mix in the mayonnaise and soft bread crumbs. The mixture should be moist, not wet, and should hold together well when squeezed together.
  4. Put panko onto a shallow plate. In a small bowl mix together the water and psyllium. Let sit for 5 to 8 minutes to thicken slightly.
  5. Using a scant ¼ cup mixture form into little cakes, about 5 cm/two inches in diameter and about 1.25 cm/half inch thick.
  6. One by one, dip crab cake into the wet mixture then dredge both sides in panko.
  7. Traditionally these are pan fried, but are very nice baked or done in an Air Fryer without the addition of oil. These can also be breaded the day before and baked when you want them.
  8. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  9. Place crab cakes on a nonstick baking pan. Bake for 15-20 minutes per side. Serve alone or with Vegan Tartar Sauce.
  10. Add the bread crumbs and mayonnaise. Mix well to incorporate.


  • Psyllium husk is a natural soluble fiber that can be used as a binding agent/egg replacement.
  • I strain my soy milk through an unbleached cotton soy bean milk bag which results in okara with very little moisture in it. This is important to the success of this recipe.

Air Fryer Instructions

  1. These can be done in an Air Fryer, but time will vary depending on the size and brand you have. Set temperature to 400°F and start checking after 12-15 minutes.