Lion’s Mane Crab Cakes with shredded butternut squash are layered with awesome flavor and are super easy to make. This amazing recipe has a crispy golden-brown outside and a moist center.
Serve with a dollop of homemade tartar sauce to create a flavorful hors d’oeuvre. My mushroom crab cakes have an earthy flavor from the home-grown lion’s mane mushrooms.
Create on your Blackstone Flat Top Griddle for a quick and easy mouth-watering appetizer. These crab cakes are perfect for a backyard party, Super Bowl party, tailgating event, or any get together that you might be having.
Make on a Blackstone Griddle to feed a hungry crowd. Use my step-by-step instructions to learn how to make the best Lions Mane crab cake recipe that will impress your friends and family.
Lion’s Mane Mushroom Recipes
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What is Lion’s Mane Mushrooms?
This mushroom is a bright white, plump, dense fungi with the looks of a long flowing lion’s mane. Growing in clumps, this Lion’s Mane mushroom does not have the typical traits of a mushroom such as a cap and a stalk.
As this fresh mushroom ages, it turns from super white in color to shades of yellow and then finally brown when the mushroom is bad.
Lions Mane Mushrooms typically grow in the outdoors, on dead or dying hardwood trees. Foragers can find them in late summer through the early fall in North America and throughout Europe.
Where Do I Find Lions Mane Mushroom?
You can forge for wild Lion’s Mane Mushrooms if you are with an experienced mushroom hunter. Try your local farmers market and ask around for a local grower.
After asking in my community, I was surprised at how many farmers were growing these mushrooms in my area.
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Can You Grow Lion’s Mane Mushrooms?
If you are like me, start growing your own Lion’s Mane Mushrooms. You can buy a mushroom grow kit HERE!!
This kit has you growing your mushrooms indoor on hardwood sawdust bags under the right conditions within several weeks. To try growing your own Lion’s Mane Mushrooms there is several choices, so make sure to do some research.
If grown correctly, you should be able to get several harvestings from just one bag. I was able to get 5 harvests with a lot of nurturing.
How To Clean and Store the Lion’s Mane Mushrooms
When the mushrooms are harvested be careful with them because they will bruise easily. They will last up to a week if properly stored.
To store, place the Lions Mane mushrooms in a single layer in a paper bag. Seal the bag and carefully put in the refrigerator until ready to use.
To clean the mushrooms, use a dry paper towel or dry brush. Brush or cut off any debris where you find it. Do not soak or wash the mushrooms in water.
What Does Lions Mane Taste Like?
People have asked me what Lions Mane Mushrooms taste like? Others say that it tastes like lobster or has a seafood flavor.
I personally say that fresh lions mane mushrooms taste delicious and take on the flavor of the dish. I love mushrooms and these are no exception!!
When I eat Lions Mane Mushrooms they have a hearty, spongy feeling with a mild flavor. When cooked with other foods, they take on the great flavor of what it is cooked in.
Lions mane mushrooms are being tested for their health benefits. To learn more about these lions mane mushrooms and how to cook them go HERE.
How to Make Lion’s Mane Crab Cakes
Shred the fresh butternut squash with a box grater.
Add the crab meat, Panko breadcrumbs, shredded butternut squash, diced Lion’s Mane Mushroom, egg, salt, and pepper to a large bowl. Mix to combine by gently folding with a spoon or your hands.
Set the bowl aside and preheat your Blackstone Griddle to medium heat. Back to the crab cakes mixture to make the formed cakes.
Split the mixture into 5 even balls. Working with one ball at a time, place into the palm of your hand.
Squeeze the crab cake mixture together to form a small patty. This will take patience and a little practice.
Gently squeeze the mixture to bind together. Place the delicate flat patties on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Make your patties thin for a crispier crab cake or make the patties thicker for a softer center. You want the patties to be about 2 inches wide.
Place in the refrigerator until ready to cook. This step can be done ahead of time and kept cold until ready to cook.
How to Cook Lion’s Mane Mushroom Crab Cakes
If needed, add more oil. Cook the second side until that side is golden brown. Do not overcook your crab cakes!
Serve immediately while they are hot. Pair your favorite dipping sauce such as tartar sauce and a sprinkle of minced parsley.
Quick Tartar Sauce Recipe
Combine your favorite mayonnaise, with pickled relish, a little lemon juice and your favorite seasonings. Add fresh chopped parsley if desired. Stir all together and serve with your lions mane crab cakes.
How to Store Mushroom Crab Cakes
If you have leftover crab cakes store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 6 days. Reheat in the microwave, air fryer, sauté pan on the stove, or on the flat top griddle.
Crab Cakes Add-Ins
- Hot sauce
- Garlic powder
- Dijon mustard
- Finely diced Parsley or Fresh Herbs
- Soy sauce
- Worcestershire sauce
- Flavored salt
- Old bay seasoning
- Hot sauce
Pan Fry Lions Mane Crab Cakes Recipe
If you don’t have a Blackstone Griddle, then you can easily pan fry these crab cakes. Prepare the patties according to the directions.
Cook patties in a large skillet over medium heat. Heat oil of your choice in the pan and add butter for extra flavor.
Then carefully set the patties into the pan. Sauté until crispy golden brown and gently flip.
Serve hot and with your favorite dipping sauce. Add a side of lemon wedges and a sprinkle of parsley.
Lion’s Mane Crab Cakes – FAQ
Some say that Lions Mane Mushrooms taste like seafood but the mushrooms that I have grown have a mild earthy flavor and take on the flavor of the dish that you are cooking.
Tartar sauce is a great choice to dip your crab cakes into. To make an easy tartar sauce, mix mayo with some pickled relish, a dash of lemon juice and your favorite seasoning. If you want other Blackstone Griddle appetizers to go along with your mushroom crab cakes try my Fried Cheese Sticks Recipe, Loaded Tater Tots, Mini Mushroom Swiss Smashed Burgers, Sheet Pan Nachos Supreme, White Queso Dip, Fried Mozzarella Balls, or Cheesy Tater Tots.
Lion’s Mane Mushroom Crab Cake Recipe
- Crab Meat, White 6 ounce
- Butternut Squash, Shredded 1 cup
- Breadcrumbs, Italian 3/4 cup
- Lion's Mane Mushroom 1/2 cup
- Egg 1 each
- Salt 1/2 teaspoon
- Pepper 1/4 teaspoon
- Olive Oil 1 tablespoon
- Shred the butternut squash with a box grater.
- Gather all your ingredients to make the mushroom crab cakes. The crabmeat that I used was Bumble Bee white crab.
- Add the crab meat, breadcrumbs, shredded butternut squash, Lions Mane Mushroom, egg, salt, and pepper to a large bowl. Combine by gently folding with a spoon or your hands.
- Set the bowl aside and preheat your Blackstone Flat Top Griddle to medium heat.
- Split the crab mixture into 5 even balls. Squeeze the crab cake ball mixture together to form a small patty. This will take patience and a little bit of practice. Gently squeeze the crab mixture to bind together. Place the flat patties on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. You want the patties to be about 2 -3 inches wide. Place the patties in the refrigerator until ready to cook. This step can be done ahead of time and kept cold until ready to griddle grill.
- On a preheated Blackstone flat top griddle, place a thin layer of olive oil (or oil of your choice) and spread around with a griddle spatula.
- Cook on medium heat.
- Carefully place the mushroom crab cake patties onto the hot greased griddle. Allow to cook until golden brown (about 4 minutes) and flip with your spatula. If needed, add more oil. Cook the second side until it is golden brown. Do not overcook your mushroom crab cakes!
- Serve right away while they are hot. Top with your favorite dipping sauce such as tartar sauce and a sprinkle of minced parsley.
Substitute another mushroom of your choice for the Lions Mane Mushroom.
If you don't have a griddle, use a saute pan on the stove-top.
Add-In one or more of the following for extra flavor: Hot sauce, Garlic powder, Dijon mustard, Finely diced Parsley or Fresh Herbs, Soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, Paprika, Flavored salt, Old bay seasoning, or Hot sauce.
Professional Box Grater, Stainless Steel with 4 Sides, Best for Parmesan Cheese, Vegetables, Ginger, XL Size, Black
BUMBLE BEE Premium Select White CRABMEAT 6oz. (3 Cans)
Blackstone 36" Cooking Station 4 Burner
Blackstone 1542 Flat top Griddle Professional Grade Accessory Tool Kit (5 Pieces)
Grow Your Own Mushrooms Kit - Fully Colonized Lion's Mane Mushrooms - Indoor Grow Kit - Grow up to 4 Pounds
Amount Per Serving Calories 151Total Fat 5gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 70mgSodium 481mgCarbohydrates 17gFiber 2gSugar 2gProtein 10g
Note: For exact nutritional information, consult your dietitian. All nutritional information is simply a guideline.
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