Chatelaine Kitchen

Recipe makeover: Gluten-free quick curried crab cakes

This month we’re recreating one of our most popular recipes with the help of a gluten-free cereal.

Photo by Roberto Caruso

Curried crab cakes recipe
Photo by Roberto Caruso

This month we’re recreating our quick curried crab cakes and making them gluten-free. In our original recipe we use panko (Japanese-style bread crumbs) to give our crab cakes a light, crispy coating. As a gluten-free substitute, we recommend using gluten-free Chex rice cereal (available at most grocery stores). We crushed the cereal to a fine crumb (not powder), and used it exactly as we would panko. The result was a light, crispy coating that doesn’t go soggy when baked!

Gluten-free quick curried crab cakes

Prep 10 min  Total 25 min  Serves 4










  • 2 cups gluten-free Chex rice cereal
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped chives
  • 1 tbsp Thai yellow or red curry paste
  • 1/2 tsp hot-chili-garlic sauce
  • 440 g chopped fresh or canned crabmeat, about 2 cups


  • PREHEAT oven to 400F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • POUR cereal in a resealable bag and crush with a rolling pin into small crumbs.
  • WHISK mayo with egg, chives, curry paste and chili-garlic sauce in a large bowl. Stir in crab just until combined. Scoop out 1/4 cup of crab mixture, roll in panko and form into a 1-inch-thick cake. Repeat with remaining crab mixture and panko. Arrange cakes on baking sheet 1/2-in. apart. Lightly spray tops with oil.
  • BAKE for 20 min. Let stand on baking sheet for 5 min before removing to a large platter. Serve with Tangy Thai Salad.

Nutrition (Per serving)

328 calories, 25 g protein, 13 g carbs, 19 g fat, 743 mg sodium.

Try our panko switch-up in these other Chatelaine recipes:

Better fried fish
Thai red curry tilapia
Crunchy artichoke with creamy lemon dip
Crispy dijon potatoes
Crunchy garlicky green beans