This vegan crab dip, made with jackfruit, is so creamy and mild in flavor, perfect for spreading on crackers or for dipping with your favorite veggies.
Our vegan version is every bit as good as the conventional recipe. Shredded young jackfruit is surprisingly similar in texture to crab, and the flavors of the Dijon, Old Bay seasoning and the other spices are spot on.
Recipe and photos from Great Vegan BBQ Without a Grill by Linda and Alex Meyer, the mother-daughter team behind Veganosity. © 2018, Page Street Publishing, reprinted by permission.
In case you’re not familiar with Old Bay seasoning, let us acquaint you. Old Bay is a fragrant mix of spices, such as celery salt, mace, cloves, ginger, cardamom, and more.
It’s what gives most crab cakes their flavor, and it’s what brings this crab dip to life. (You can grab yourself some right here!)
To get the texture and mouth feel of crab, we used shredded jackfruit, and the creaminess of mayonnaise comes from cashews.
It’s the ultimate party food. Bring this, and your appetite, to your next get together. You and your friends are going to love it! Serve with crackers, toasted sliced bread or corn chips.
And if you enjoy vegan-izing your favorite recipes, be sure to check out our free vegan substitution cheat sheet. It's packed with all my favorite plant based substitutions to make vegan cooking easy!
If you love this recipe, be sure to check out these other easy vegan appetizers:
Vegan Jackfruit Crab Dip
- 2 cups raw cashews soaked in 2 cups water overnight
- 1 large clove garlic
- ¼ cup cashew milk unsweetened, or other dairy free milk
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
- ½ tsp Old Bay seasoning
- ½ tsp ground sea salt
- ¼ tsp ground paprika
- ⅛ tsp onion powder
- 14- ounce can young jackfruit packed in water or 1½ cups fresh jackfruit
- Drain and rinse the cashews and put into a high-powered blender or food processor. Add the garlic, cashew milk, lemon juice, mustard, Old Bay seasoning, salt, paprika and onion powder and blend for approximately 2 minutes (scrape the sides frequently), or until it’s smooth and velvety. You shouldn’t see or taste pieces of solid nuts.
- Scrape the cashew mixture into a medium bowl.
- Drain and rinse the jackfruit well. Shred the jackfruit with a fork or in a food processor and put in the bowl with the cashew mixture. Gently fold until fully combined. Serve with crackers, toast or sliced vegetables.