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 on a cutting board

Crab Cake Bites

We are all fully aware of how good crab cakes are. So it’s no surprise that they make an excellent appetizer when shaped into smaller bite sized pieces.

white crab meat in a bowl

The world’s easiest spicy aioli + side salad

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.

As for this side salad, we’re taking lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper and tossing it with some fresh arugula and shaved parmesan. One bowl, full of flavor and health benefits!

A lemony arugula salad with parmesan

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!

gluten free crab cake bites on a sheet pan
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gluten free crab cake bites on a sheet pan

Crab Cake Bites with Spicy Aioli

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  • Author: Salima Benkhalti
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 20-25 crab cake bites
  • Category: seafood
  • Method: baked
  • Cuisine: American


These 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!