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Easy Air Fryer Crab Fried Rice

Easy Air Fryer Crab Fried Rice is a quick recipe that will show you how to cook white or brown rice in the air fryer with eggs and so much flavor.

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I am a huge fan of fried rice. I especially love seafood crab frice. Be sure to check out my Spicy Shrimp Fried Rice recipe using a wok.

That recipe can be prepared using an Air Fryer by following similar instructions. Also, this recipe can be prepared using a wok, following similar instructions within my shrimp recipe.

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There are a couple of Thai restaurants in Kansas City that have crab fried rice dishes that are to die for! When I have a craving for it, it is pretty much impossible to resist giving in.

This recipe allows me to give into those cravings, without any of the guilt. The restaurant-quality crab fried rice is usually prepared with jasmine rice, which isn’t terrible (in terms of macros). However, preparing the rice at home allows me to use whole grain brown rice, which is my favorite. 

Air Fryer Crab Fried Rice in a white bowl with a large spoon of rice on a dark surface with a red napkin and chopsticks

How to Make Fried Rice in the Air Fryer

  1. Place previously cooked, cold rice into a push pan sized for your air fryer.
  2. Add sesame oil, onions, green onions, garlic, and crushed red pepper to the rice and stir.
  3. Air fry for 15 minutes on 375 degrees.
  4. Open the air fryer and add lump crab, soy sauce, and fish sauce.
  5. Air fry for an additional 5 minutes.
  6. Remove the pan and add cooked and scrambled eggs.

I love eggs so I definitely wanted to include them in this recipe. You can use egg whites as well, or a combination of both. 

close up photo of air fryer crab fried rice

Substitution Tips

There are so many ways you can vary this recipe. You can use bean sprouts, carrots, peas, fresh cucumber. I have had fried rice prepared many different ways.

close up photo of air fryer crab fried rice
Air Fryer Crab Fried Rice in a white bowl with a large spoon of rice on a dark surface with a red napkin and chopsticks
collage photo of 2 pictures of air fryer crab fried rice with a red napkin and chopsticks

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close up photo of air fryer crab fried rice
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Air Fryer Crab Fried Rice

Air Fryer Crab Fried Rice is a quick and easy, healthy recipe with seafood jumbo lump crab meat, whole grain brown rice, protein-filled eggs, and loads of flavor.
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Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine Asian
Keyword air fryer fried rice, air fryer rice
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 268kcal


  • 6 oz lump crab meat
  • 2 medium eggs scrambled and cooked
  • 2 packets Ready Rice Brown Rice cooked, I used 2 packets of Ready Rice
  • ½ red onion chopped
  • 3-4 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 green onions chopped
  • 3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil I use the hot chili sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil For the bottom of the round pan
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder optional for spice
  • 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes optional for spice
  • Salt and pepper
  • cilantro optional


  • Cook the brown rice and place in the refrigerator. The rice will need to cool for 15-20 minutes. You can also place it in the freezer until cold.
  • Add 1 teaspoon of sesame oil to the bottom of the push pan. 
  • Combine the cold rice, garlic, red onions, green onions, and red pepper flakes in a large bowl. Drizzle the remaining sesame oil throughout and stir. 
  • Add the mixture to the push pan. Place the push pan in the Air Fryer. 
  • Place the Air Fryer on 375 degrees. Cook for 15 minutes. 
  • Season the crab with the paprika, chili powder, salt, and pepper.
  • Remove the push pan. Add the crab, fish sauce, and soy sauce to the rice. Blend well.
  • Cook for an additional 5 minutes.
  • Remove the rice. Mix in the scrambled eggs. Sprinkle with cilantro.
  • Cool before serving.



Temperature and total cooking time may vary depending on the Air Fryer brand that you use. Use your judgment by looking at the color of the rice. It has finished cooking when it is dark brown in color and has reached your desired crunchiness.
Feel free to add more or less soy sauce. I usually cook mine using the serving noted above. For my own personal serving, I usually add a little more.
Add fresh squeezed lemon or lime juice for additional flavor!
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 268kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 11g
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Recipe Rating


Wednesday 29th of September 2021

Amazing! I want you to know I made rice the day before with the sole purpose to make this recipe. My son (3) loves fried rice. He said mama it was delicious and I agree! I added shrimp and crab to mine. Definitely a go to now!

Phyllis Christiaens

Sunday 12th of July 2020

Do you think you could use cauliflower rice instead of real rice?


Sunday 12th of July 2020

Sure, if you want.

Crab Dynasty

Sunday 4th of February 2018

Serves as an excellent side dish to a fish or chicken dish. The eggs combined with the crab meat give this dish incredible flavor. It is a must-try.


Sunday 4th of February 2018

I am so glad you enjoyed it!

Abeer Rizvi

Monday 29th of January 2018

This looks like such an easy weeknight meal.


Monday 29th of January 2018

I happened on your recipe and luckily had an air fryer... made this for lunch and it was Amazeballs! Definitely making this again!


Monday 29th of January 2018

So great to hear!