Tender & Juicy Vegan Crab Legs

Updated: Feb 12

Depending on your reason for going vegan you may or may not enjoy finding creative ways to replace meat or fish with vegetables. My main focus for transitioning to a vegan diet is for my health. So, from time to time there are certain foods that I miss. Crab legs are one of them. It seems like right after making this change several new crab leg restaurants sprung up around the city. This has been a challenge for me.

Recently, I had the idea to try recreating crab legs using Hearts of Palm. I had great results when trying Tabitha Brown’s method of using these to make a Vegan Fried Fish. I thought that I would take things a step further by trying vegan crab legs. I will say that I am happy with how they turned out. The only thing I may do a little different the next time is add a hint of sweetness because as I remember how real crab legs taste, there is a slight sweetness to them. Nevertheless, I will definitely add this recipe to my list of meals to eat. Each time I’m sure they will get better and better. Here is what I used if you would like to try these too.


4 Whole Hearts of Palm

Vegan Fish Sauce

Bragg’s Sea Kelp Delight Seasoning

Old Bay

Plant Butter

Sweet Onion Sliced (As much as you desire)

Lemon Pepper


Chili Powder

Wedge of Lemon


Marinate Hearts of Palm in Vegan Fish Sauce covered with the Bragg’s and Old Bay. I used a very generous amount of the seasoning. They were a little on the salty side but not overpowering. If you prefer less saltiness then you would want to use less seasoning. Marinate for at least 1 hour. (I marinated for 3 hours because I had an errand to run.)

After marinating, preheat the oven to 420 degrees. Place the Hearts of Palm in foil and cover with a little bit of the marinade. Then shake on a little of the turmeric and chili powder. I added this simply for coloring. Then top with sliced sweet onion and plant butter. I initially forgot to add the lemon pepper at this step so you can add it here or after they come out of the oven. Loosely close the foil making a tent and place in the heated oven for about 30-35 minutes until tender.

Remove from the oven, add more butter and squeeze some lemon juice on top. Enjoy!


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