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Paleo Crab Cakes

By July 6, 2011December 3rd, 2020Main Dish

crab cakes


Do you or someone you know suffer from an auto immune disease? Alopecia is an auto immune disorder is close to my heart. One client really sticks out in my mind. Kiki, was a middle-aged woman who came into my office. I saw her often in the weight lifting class that I take three times a week, but I never talked to her. It was impossible to ignore that she always wore a bandana on her head, but I never knew why. Her story is that in her 20’s she started losing her hair and by the time she came into my office, it was completely gone.

I love this story because Kiki was a professor so I never saw her at the gym during the school year. After 6 months of my anti-inflammatory, keto-adapted, gluten-free diet, Kiki walked into the gym with a bandana on like usual and ran up to me with a huge grin. She ripped her bandana off and had a full head of hair. She said with delight, “I had my first hair cut in 10 years!” As a woman, I can’t imagine. I use to let those “bad hair days” upset me, but after meeting Kiki, that just seems silly.

She thought I was crazy when I told her that she had a food allergy causing her to lose her hair. She is a total believer now! She was so excited that she had her first hair cut in over 10 years!

We eliminated certain foods and added in some specific supplements to help with skin and hair conditions. Also, in the cases that I see of autoimmune disorders (like alopecia) adding in certain supplements to heal the gut and the immune status.

30 Day Accelerated Testimony: “I’ve been eating your meal plans for about 3 wks now and there hasn’t been a recipe I didn’t like. Normally when I get a recipe book there’s only a handful that are good but all of yours are. I have to pinch myself daily that I’m actually eating healthy and I feel so much better. I‘m at 5 wks postpartum and I already fit into my pre having kids jeans and that usually takes 4-6 months. My husband’s also lost 8lbs of “sympathy” weight. I am so glad I stumbled upon your blog. It has been life-changing for my whole family” – Amber”

If you or someone you know is interested in getting on the right path, please email me for a consult. I would be honored to help! Click HERE to get started!


crab cakes



1 pound crabmeat (Trader Joe’s and Sam’s Club carries large cans of lump crabmeat)

2 TBS diced green bell pepper
1 TBS Primal or homemade mayonnaise
2 TBS coconut flour
2 eggs
2 tsp seafood seasoning
1 tsp fish sauce (Optional: umami flavor)
2 TBS coconut oil, for frying

4 eggs

1 TBS coconut oil or butter
14 oz fresh spinach
1 tsp Celtic sea salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/4 tsp nutmeg

CRAB CAKES: In a medium-large bowl, mix all ingredients except oil until blended. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. With a spoon, place 2 TBS of the crab mixture into the pan for mini-cakes. Cook until golden brown, about 2 minutes, and then flip and cook another minute.

EGGS: Heat pan to medium-high heat. Place 1/4 cup water in the pan. Crack in the egg, cover the pan so it traps any air (see photo: an easy way to ‘poach’ an egg). Cook the egg just until the whites is cooked, but the yolk is still soft and runny.

GREENS: Heat the coconut oil or butter in a frying pan over a low to medium heat. When it has melted, add the spinach and cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly, until wilted. Add the spices to the desired taste.

Spoon the cooked greens into the center of a plate. Place 2-3 crab cakes on top of each portion, and top with an egg. Then watch the yolk pour all over the delicious crab cake as you break it open with a fork! Makes 4 servings.

Traditional Crab Cake = 480 calories, 20g carbs, 0g fiber
“Healthified” Crab Cake = 359 calories, 22g fat, 34g protein, 6.9g carbs, 3.9g fiber
(55% fat, 38% protein, 7% carbs)


One staple that every cook should have in their fridge is Fish Sauce. It is a special ingredient that takes good food for amazing food. Fish Sauce, mushrooms, and aged cheeses have something called “UMAMI.” Umami is a pleasant savory taste produced by glutamate and ribonucleotides, chemicals that occur naturally in many foods. Umami is subtle and not generally identified by people when they encounter it, but blends well with other tastes to intensify and enhance flavors; it plays an important role in making food taste delicious. Red Boat brand is traditionally fermented, not with wheat like most others. This bottle will last you a LONG time – you only use a few drops per dish, it’s strong stuff!

Maria Emmerich

Maria is a wellness expert who has helped clients follow a Ketogenic lifestyle to heal and lose weight for over 20 years. She has helped thousands of clients get healthy, get off medications and heal their bodies; losing weight is just a bonus. She is the international best selling author of several books including "Keto: The Complete Guide to Success on the Ketogenic Diet.".


  • How wonderful. It’s lovely to see people overcome their obstacles by changing their FOOD and not by being medicated. This recipe looks super yummy! I will have to try! Plus, GREAT idea on the poached egg technique. I always fail egg poaching.

  • Thanks SO much for your kind words! It was neat to see the tears of happiness in this woman’s eyes. As women (men too) hair is a huge part of our appearance and confidence. It was nice to see her get that back!

    I learned the poached egg trick from a coffee shop I worked at in college! Happy Eating:)

  • Anonymous says:

    How did they find it was a food allergy? I have a ton of hairloss and keep going through tests with no findings.

  • Maria says:

    Autoimmune diseases are linked to food allergies. We did an elimination diet. She didn’t want to spend the money on a stool test; we found it on our own:)
    Hair loss could also be a mineral deficiency like iron…

  • Anonymous says:

    wow, nobody can figure out why mines coming out. All my vitamin levels came back fine other than high cortisol and slightly low T3

  • Hm, I would try gluten free (100 percent… No cheating) for 3 months. It is worth a try. I don’t have to be gluten free, but I feel way better without it!;)

  • Maria, do you have a recipe page (an entry with links to recipes)?

  • No, … A recipe page? I’m not sure what you mean but I’m intrigued! 😉 are you talking about a specific website?

  • Most of the seafood are tasty and also healthy. This one is really amazing. Thanks for sharing it here. Stay in touch and keep posting more.

  • hi maria,

    my daughter has down syndrome and also had alopecia totalis at the age or 2.5. She is 6 now, and i have tried different “treatments” for her and was going to try a gluten free diet but her dematologist said it would not cure it. I am now wanting to give it a try, or do you suggest having her dr run a test on food allergies first? Although, i really want to start with a gluten free diet, i know it is going to be difficult for my 6 year old with a mind of her own. Also, you think it will take 4 months to see any results, or did your client see some change before then? i appreciate your time and any insight you can provide me.

    Jo Anne

  • Yes Jo Anne-
    With children, elimination diets are too hard. I would do a stool test (blood tests are 70% inaccurate). Check out https://www.enterolab.com/

    Not all alopecias are the same. But in 4 months you would definitely see results. My client also eliminated her migraines eating gluten free!

  • Maria, with recipe page I meant a blog entry with links to individual posts (recipes).

  • Maria, with ”recipe page” I meant a blog entry with links to individual posts (recipes).

  • Maria, with ”recipe page” I meant a blog entry with links to individual posts (recipes).

  • Maria, with ”recipe page” I meant a blog entry with links to individual posts (recipes).

  • No. Sorry I don’t. I’m not very savvy. I do have a blog list on the lower right hand side where it lists them by month. I also have a cookbook that might make it easier;)))

  • Anonymous says:

    Maria: has anyone else had such success through diet change? What diet changes specifically must be made? I’ve had alopecia areata for over ten years now and just really really want my hair back already.
    I saw this on Pinterest(hence the year-later reply), please help!
    Thanks, Catherine H

  • Anonymous says:

    My husband was recently diagnosed with Autoimmune ear disease after suddenly losing his hearing. Do you think a food allergy could be the cause? What is the best way to determine an allergy? Should we go to an allergist? We are looking for ANYTHING to help him regain his hearing. His job depends on it! It is super scary to think of what we do to our bodies with FOOD! Everytime I read something, I just feel sick. Any advice for him? Idon’t know where to begin!

  • Jenell v says:

    I have been loosing alot of hair recently. Red spots on my scalp with no hair, from what I’ve read it sounds like I have some kind of autoimmune disease. I’ve been eating grain/gluten free since I discovered you a couple years ago. The only thing I can think that I eat alot of is eggs…I have no idea how to give those up to do an elimination!!! How long do you have to eliminate??

  • Laura says:

    Just made these but cooking for one.. curious how long can I keep them in the fridge and/or freezer?

  • D S says:

    Oh my gosh, I can’t even imagine there is hope for me, everyone says take biotin, msm and silicone. I’m going to see if this fish sauce is in your amazon store. If I live off of crab cakes and fish sauce I should see results?? Please tell me which package I need to work on this problem.

  • Carla Elmore says:

    Hi Maria! I’m thrilled to have come across your site. I have alopecia universalis. I’ve had it for over a year now. It started out as alopecia areata, and continued. I was told I had alopecia ophiasis, which has a poor prognosis, and that I would eventually lose all of my hair, which I did. I’ve tried steroid injections, which didn’t help, and have had multiple blood tests done, which always come back normal. I am desperate to find something that will help. I would like to discuss your diet plan with you to see if it can help me, or what other suggestions you may have. Thanks in advance!

  • Anonymous says:

    Found this post via Pinterest & I am intrigued. I am aware this post was from several years back but maybe you can offer some advice.
    I was diagnosed with alopecia areata 2 years ago, I had started losing my hair 9+ months prior to my diagnosis & I happened to be pregnant when I first noticed my hair loss. From start to finish, I lost 90% of my hair & lost both eyebrows & have a couple bald patches on my arms. Multiple blood tests were done but they could not identify what had caused the hair loss. In the last year I have had significant hair regrowth but there are still large patches of baldness on my scalp. I can see where hair is starting to grow but it is very slow growing.
    Would it be beneficial for me to do a stool test?

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