The graphics on the packaging are remarkably similar for each product in terms of colors and layout.
Gardein – Inside the resealable bag are ten mini-cakes. They are frozen individually and are loose in the bag.
Sophie’s – A cardboard box contains four large Crab Cakes, vacuum sealed and frozen together. They require thawing in the fridge prior to cooking.
Gardein – Two bites each
Sophie’s – Five bites each
Both companies suggest pan frying with oil for best results. Disclaimer: We baked them on parchment and did not add oil.
Gardein – Light, thin, crumbly breading similar to their Crispy Chick’n Patty. The breading stayed soft.
Sophie’s – Hearty, thick and crispy without being overpowering. They crisped up on their own and surpassed expectations.
Gardein – Small short strings. Not chewy but pleasantly moist and dense. If you’ve had Gardein’s Crispy Chick’n Tenders you’ll see a texture comparison.
Sophie’s – Chewier and stringier. Sophie’s has the texture of seafood mastered. The strings are large and tear away with a light snap as you bite and pull the cake from your mouth. (If you enjoy the authentic seafood texture, I recommend their Breaded Vegan Scallops. Amazing!)
SCENT & FLAVOR
Gardein – Very fragrant with strong notes of mayonnaise and bell peppers. It almost smells like seafood mixed with a veggie cream cheese. Sweet and tangy. Craby flavor. Reminiscent of a Crab Puff appetizer or a Crabmeat Rangoon hors d’oeuvre.
Sophie’s – Straight forward very passable substitute for a non-vegan crab cake. A light general seafood scent and crabby flavor. The breading has a hearty, malty, seven-grain bread fragrance.
BEST WAY TO ENJOY THEM
Gardein – Excellent as an hors d’oeuvre or part of a platter. Delicious with the traditional squeeze of lemon, Follow Your Heart Tartar Sauce and cocktail sauce. I also tried them as a sandwich on toasted French peasant bread, with FYH Tartar and lettuce — so good!
Sophie’s – Perfect as a meal or as part of a platter. Also, delicious with the traditional squeeze of lemon, Follow Your Heart Tartar Sauce and cocktail sauce. I feature them in my Crab Stuffed Mushroom recipe, a holiday favorite. I’ve even topped a Beyond Meat Beast Burger (read my review) with them to create a “Crabby Patty”.
PLATTER ADD-ON SUGGESTIONS
Steak Fries (chips in the UK)
Gardein Golden Fishless Filet (has an incredible batter, think Long John Silver’s)
Wedge of Lemon
Follow Your Heart Tartar Sauce
CAN’T FIND IT AT YOUR LOCAL STORE?
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