While they have been out for a while, I haven't tried them until this week. The Gardein mini Crabless Cakes are widely available in grocery stores around the country. They come frozen and all you need to do is heat them up. Before going vegetarian in 1995, I never liked any kind of fish or seafood. Therefore I steered clear of these Gardein Crabless Cakes. The thought of them grossed me out, in all honesty.
However, there was a BOGO sale recently on Gardein products, so I decided to get one bag for us to try. I served them up as a side dish with a pasta that made for dinner (the pasta had sundried tomatoes, fresh basil, and broccoli). For the dipping sauce, I whipped together some vegan mayo, a little mustard, and a dash of garlic powder. That's always a quick and easy dipping sauce that tastes delicious.
The Gardein Crabless Cakes were easy to heat up in the pan with a little oil. Everyone liked them (kids included)! They are small, round, cakes that are soft on the inside and crispy on the outside. They were really good. Do they taste like crab cakes? I have no idea (I hope not for my sake, but I hope so for the sake of someone wanting to replace crab with something cruelty free). I've never in my life tasted crab, thank goodness, so I can't say if they do. I'd much prefer they be called something else and lose the "crab" reference all together. I wish it had more of a plant-based name.
Two thumbs up for the Gardein Crabless Cakes! We'd buy them again.