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Potato Fritters With Crab Meat | Gluten Free

Crispy potato fritters made with shredded potatoes and crab meat perfectly seared with lightly soft centers and crispy exterior, unlike regular potato pancakes, no flour is needed. They make a delicious appetizer, finger food or can even be served for breakfast. You can make big ones for a side dish, or snack size for nibbles.

These potato fritters are similar to potato pancakes and naturally gluten free, dairy free, paleo friendly and one of my favorite clean eating recipes that tastes good without processed ingredients.

Potato Fritters Recipe With Crab Meat

This recipe for potato fritters is pretty easy to make and perfect for meal prepping, they can be stored for up to 5 days. I these potato and crab fritters several times already and turned great each time. I usually like to serve these potato fritters alongside a creamy coleslaw, a radish salad or a pickled salad like this fermented carrot salad or a beet and cabbage sauerkraut. The sourness pairs beautifully with their mild taste.

It’s very important to use fresh, good-quality lump crab meat. I used crab claw meat shredded with a fork. As for the potatoes, any would work, you just need to grate them and squeeze the liquid out. This will ensure you get nice and crispy potato fritters.

Ingredients For Potato Fritters

what you need:

Ingredients needed to make potato and crab fritters mixed in a bowl.
  • Grated potatoes (any white potato) – raw, liquid squeezed.
  • Crab lump meat – squeezed of all liquid.
  • Egg – used as a biding agent.
  • Onion – to add flavor.
  • Mustard – yellow or Dijon mustard, to give a zesty kick, you can also add some lemon juice.
  • Seasonings (black pepper, smoked paprika, salt).
  • Fat – for searing (you can use avocado oil, grapeseed oil, ghee, butter or bacon fat).

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How To Make Potato Fritters With Crab Meat

Process shots: how to make potato fritters with crab, the process of frying.

1. Gather and prepare the ingredients (grate the potatoes, prepare the crab meat, finely chop the onion).

2. Mix: In a large bowl, combine all ingredients, add seasonings and give it a good mix.

3. Cook: Heat the oil/ fat in a large skillet over medium high heat. Scoop about 1.5 tablespoons of mixture for each fritter, flattening with a spatula, and cook until the underside is nicely golden brown, about 2-3 minutes. Flip and cook on the other side. Continue cooking, adding more oil if needed.

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Potato fritters with crab arranged on a platter.

Prep Tips For Perfect Crispy Potato Fritters

Less moisture: remove as much moisture as possible from the potatoes. Once grated, put them in a kitchen towel or cheese cloth and squeeze them out as much as you can.

Size: be sure they are uniformly flat so they cook inside well at the same rate. Make large potato fritters or small – to be served as finger food / appetizer.

Temperature: for a crisp potato fritter make sure the pan and oil is hot enough, the fritters should sizzle when dropped in. Make sure it’s not too hot though, you need them to cook inside too.

Bitten potato fritter held in a hand.

PRO Tip

While frying the potato fritters there might be some liquid gathering at the bottom of the bowl. Give it a mix every time you get a portion of the mixture to incorporate it back. The liquid contains egg and it helps with binding, so don’t discard it.

Mini potato fritters with crab meat served as finger food / appetizers topped with mayonnaise and garnished with dill.
Make mini potato fritters and serve as finger food / appetizers. Top with sour cream or mayonnaise and garnish with dill or parsley.

Recipe Variations / Substitutions

  • Don’t like crab meat? Then use salmon, tuna, bacon, or any other preferred meat.
  • Add more flavor: parmesan cheese would be great addition and will also help with binding the mixture better. Look for dairy free cheese alternatives if dairy is not tolerated.
  • Make bite size potato fritters and serve them as finger food, along with a sauce (like my BBQ sauce, or any of these creamy sauces) or dip.
  • Or serve them as breakfast. Sometimes I make my sweet potato latkes for breakfast.

Storing The Potato And Crab Fritters

Storing leftovers: Refrigerate the potato fritters for up to 5 days in an airtight container. Or freeze for longer.

Freezing: Freeze for up to 3 months, in an airtight container.

Thawing: The best way to defrost is to let them slowly thaw in your refrigerator for at least 24 hours.

Reheating: Once refrigerated (frozen) they will get moist. To regain the crisp crust is best to reheated in the preheated oven at 350F for 10-15 minutes.

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Potato Fritters With Crab Meat

Crispy potato fritters made with shredded potatoes and crab meat perfectly seared with lightly soft centers and crispy exterior. Unlike potato pancakes, no flour is needed in this recipe. They make a delicious appetizer, finger food or can even be served for breakfast. You can make big potato fritters for a side dish, or snack size for nibbles.
Prep Time12 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time47 mins
Course: Appetizer, Breakfast, Side Dish
Cuisine: Clean Eating, DairyFree, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Paleo
Servings: 11 potato fritters or 22 small
Calories: 53kcal
Author: HealthyTasteOfLife
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Ingredients
 

  • 8 oz potatoes - ~ 1.5 cups, raw, grated, liquid squeezed
  • 8 oz lump crab meat - squeezed of all liquid
  • 1 egg
  • 1 small onion - finelly diced
  • 1.5 tsp yellow mustard - or Dijon mustard
  • 3/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/3 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1/3 tsp sea salt
  • 4-5 tbsp fat – for searing - you can use avocado oil, grapeseed oil, ghee, butter or bacon fat.

Instructions
 

  • Gather and prepare the ingredients (grate the potatoes, prepare the crab meat, finely chop the onion).
  • Mix: In a large bowl, combine all ingredients, add seasonings and give it a good mix.
  • Cook: Heat the oil/ fat in a large skillet over medium high heat. Scoop about 1.5 tablespoons of mixture for each fritter, flattening with a spatula, and cook until the underside is nicely golden brown, about 2-3 minutes. Flip and cook on the other side. Continue cooking, adding more oil if needed.

Notes

 

Tips For Perfect Potato Fritters

  1. Less moisture: remove as much moisture as possible from the potatoes. Once grated, put them in a kitchen towel or cheese cloth and squeeze them out as much as you can.
  2. Size: be sure they are uniformly flat so they cook inside well at the same rate. Make large potato fritters or small – to be served as finger food / appetizer.
  3. Temperature: for a crisp potato fritter make sure the pan and oil is hot enough, the fritters should sizzle when dropped in. Make sure it’s not too hot though, you need them to cook inside too.
  4. Add 2 tbsp flour (or gluten free flour) only if the potato fritters fall apart, I make them without flour and they keep their shape well.
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Nutrition

Serving: 1fritter | Calories: 53kcal | Protein: 4.76g | Fat: 2g | Potassium: 161mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 0.44g | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 0.42mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator.

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