Gluten Free Crab Cake Bites with Spicy Aioli

These gluten free crab cake bites make the perfect appetizer topped with a spoonful of spicy aioli and freshly minced chives.

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Gluten Free Crab Cake Bites

Living a gluten free life is cool and all but finding appetizers is basically impossible! Most appetizers on the average menu are dipped in bread crumbs, stuffed with some kind of wheat filled mixture, and/or deep fried. 

Sure, those appetizers are freaking delicious. But so totally off limits if you have allergies or are trying to eat healthy. These bites use my favorite gluten free bread crumbs and are baked in the oven to avoid the unnecessary grease!

The World’s Easiest Spicy Aioli

This spicy aioli just might be the easiest recipe you will ever find. 5 simple ingredients, 1 bowl, 1 simple direction. That’s it!

It’s an absolutely essential topping for these gluten free crab cake bites as it adds a bit of heat and a lusciously creamy sauce to the crunchy bites. 

One important step if you’re allergic to soy is finding a mayonnaise that’s soy free.

gluten free crab cake bites with spicy aioli

A Quick Backstory 

This is one of those recipes I’ve made a thousand times but never thought to add to the blog. It’s one of those appetizers that’s perfect for catering gigs and it actually took a guest at one of the events I catered asking me for the recipe to push me to write this blog! 

These crab cakes are almost always the first app plate to empty and 90% of the time I get a question about what kind of crab I’m using. People always seem impressed by how moist (sorry, this word applies here) they are inside and how crunchy they are on the outside. 

Crab cake bites might not seem like the easiest recipe to make for a party of 75+ but this is actually a go to appetizer of mine for a reason. They are surprisingly easy to prep and shape ahead, stick in the fridge and bake when the time is right. 

So what are you waiting for? Make these gluten free crab cake bites this weekend and enjoy as an appetizer, salad topper or late night snack!

Allergen Tags

This recipe does not contain the following allergens:  

Wheat FreeMilk & Dairy FreeTree Nut FreeSoy FreeFish FreePeanut Free


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gluten free crab cake bites with spicy aioli

Gluten Free Crab Cake Bites with Spicy Aioli

  • Author: Salima's Kitchen
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 20-25 crab cake bites


These gluten free crab cake bites make the perfect appetizer topped with a spoonful of spicy aioli and freshly minced chives.


For the Crab Cake Bites:

-1/4 cup mayo

-1 tbsp mustard

-1 tbsp sriracha

-2 tsp salt

-1 tsp pepper

-1/4 cup minced chives

-1 egg

-1 1/4 cup gluten free bread crumbs (Amazon affiliate link)

-12 ounces lump crab with shell removed

For the Aioli:

-1/2 cup mayo

-1 tbsp sriracha

-juice of 1/2 lemon

-1 tsp salt

-1 tsp pepper


  1. preheat oven to 450. in a large mixing bowl combine all ingredients except crab and bread crumbs. mix well. gently fold in crab and bread crumbs just until combined. be careful not to over mix.
  2. form into tablespoon sized balls using a cookie scoop or your hands. bake for 10 minutes on a parchment lined pan.
  3. while the crab cake bites are baking, get a small bowl and combine all ingredients for the aioli. top the finished bites with a dollop of aioli and minced chives.


If you aren’t gluten free or allergic to wheat you can substitute out the gluten free bread crumbs for normal bread crumbs!

  • Category: seafood
  • Method: baked
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: gluten free crab cake bites, gluten free, spicy aioli, crab cakes

Gluten Free Crab Cake Bites


gluten free crab cakes with spicy aioli


Author: Salima's Kitchen

Salima Benkhalti is a personal chef in Portland, Oregon. Contact with inquiries about private events, meal plans or taking cooking classes at !

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