Gardein is a vegan company changing the opinions of veganism around the nation. In my household alone, we have a few of their products in current use. If I were to be asked one company that was pivotal in the changing of veganism in the eyes of processed products on the market in the USA, I would have to say this company would be at the top of the list. Sure, other vegan products have been available longer in duration but this is the company that keeps bringing out new items, ones that would never have been thought possible just 5 years ago. A new product that hit the markets worldwide a few months ago is the Crabless Cakes. Vegan crab cakes you ask? Why yes you are reading that correct, just click for more information below.
There is no doubt, if you are a Genki Friend, you have heard of my families’ love for Gardein’s Fishless Filets. This simple meal can be prepared in 30 minutes or less, perfect for Friday nights when a long day was endured and cooking is not in my interests. So, when Gardein came out with another option for fishless crab cakes, I was more than eager to find it in our local supermarkets. One frozen bag of these crabless cakes are sold for around $5.00, a little over the price of the fishless filets. Now we do live just outside LA, so the prices might be a more steep than in other areas of the nation, not certain.
The entire frozen bag of crabless cakes is shown above, suggested serving of 3 per bag. Which brings me to another thought, why 3? Most families have at least 2 children, bringing a total family count to around 4, so why 3? This always perplexes me. But, if you have a family of three you are all set to go. If you have 2, then you have just won the lottery since you get to have 1.5 servings each. With 6 grams of total fat per serving, I am not sure if it’s a winner or loser in that retrospect. Total calories per servings states 130 calories and 9g protein, so these little appetizers do have some benefits per person. But let’s face, we don’t eat crab cakes (or crabless in this case for the nutritional value), so what about the taste?
Each crabless cake has a nice texture on this inside, very similar to the original fish cake. The outside is a little crispy and has a slight crunch when bitten into it. But as a true former crab cake lover, devouring them from a young age through multiple travels on the eastern coast, these little cakes did not come up shaking the boat in the taste category. Normally Gardein does the texture on point, the taste is always a bit subdued, probably to reach all the customers’ tastes instead of just my own. To compensate the bland flavor, I tried to add a bit of a spicy punch by whipping up some hot sauce with vegan mayo. It’s not traditional, I know, but crab cakes are supposed to have a bit of a spicy after kick. None here though.
Would I buy these again? Probably not. The texture inside was right on, which is an art in itself. Also, these were super easy to make, just takes a bit of time and patience to watch. For our tastebuds, we did not like the greasiness on the outside (seen on the plate too) and the taste was just too bland to be called a crab cake in our opinion. There are people that probably will love these, ones that have never appreciated the taste of fish crab cakes. If you are one of these people, go on with your bad self and enjoy this new option on the market. For us, we are traditionalist and just had a hard time finding true joy in the flavor to justify for the fat content.