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Easy Air Fryer Crab Cakes

These Easy Air Fryer Fifteen Minute Crab Cakes are so quick to make! If you are a fan of Maryland jumbo lump crab cakes, you will love this recipe! Freeze these for later and reheat them easily from frozen.

air fryer crab cakes on a white plate with fresh lemon

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This post was originally published in 2017. It has since been updated.

red peppers, green peppers, lemon, lump crab, mayo, and garlic in separate bowls

Old Bay crab cakes are one of my favorite seafood dishes. Every time I visit the DMV area (usually during my visits to Washington D.C.) I have to get my fix of Maryland crab cakes. They are so yummy.

This is such a quick and easy recipe. You combine all of the ingredients. Use your hands to form patties and then let the Air Fryer do the rest of work.

I have made crab cakes several times before. This was my first time testing them out in the Air Fryer. If you don’t have an Air Fryer, be sure to check out my Crab Cake Sliders recipe. The ingredients are exactly the same.

What Type of Crab to Use

I prefer to use jumbo lump crab meat. You can use any real crab meat. Crab meat can be found in the refrigerated aisle of the grocery store. Sometimes you will have to ask the butcher for it. I do not recommend imitation crab or canned crab.

jumbo lump crab in a can for crab rangoon dip

How to Make Air Fryer Crab Cakes

  1. Combine crab meat, breadcrumbs, Old Bay Seasoning, red peppers, green peppers, mayo, and lemon juice.
  2. Use your hands to form 4 patties.
  3. Dust the top of each with flour and spray with cooking oil.
  4. Air fry.
collage photo of lump crab, green peppers, red peppers, mayo, and Old Bay seasoning in a glass bowl
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uncooked crab cakes in air fryer

Air Fryer Temperature

I recommend 370 degrees.

crab cakes in air fryer

How Long to Cook/Cook Time

Cook for 10 minutes.

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Freezer Tips

You can freeze these up to 3 months. Reheat in the air fryer on 370 degrees for 6-8 minutes until warm.

Chipotle Mayo is my favorite sauce to use as a topping for crab cakes. Be sure to check the recipe out here.

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Easy Air Fryer Fifteen Minute Crab Cakes

These Easy Air Fryer Fifteen Minute Crab Cakes are so quick to make! If you are a fan of Maryland jumbo lump crab cakes, you will love this recipe! Freeze these for later and reheat them easily from frozen.
Course Appetizer, dinner, lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer crab cakes, air fryer crab rangoon
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 160kcal


  • cooking oil I used olive
  • 8 ounces of jumbo lump crab meat
  • 1 tablespoon Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1/3 cup breadcrumbs I used whole wheat.
  • ¼ cup red peppers diced
  • ¼ cup green peppers diced
  • 1 medium egg
  • ¼ cup mayo I used reduced-fat.
  • ½ lemon juice of
  • 1 teaspoon flour


  • Spray the air fryer basket with cooking oil.
  • Mix all of the ingredients together, with the exception of the flour.
  • Form the mixture into 4 patties. Apply a dash of flour to each of the patties.
  • Place the crab cakes in the Air Fryer. Spray the crab cakes with cooking oil.
  • Cook for 10 minutes on 370 degrees.
  • Cool before serving.



If you don’t have Old Bay Seasoning you can use a combination of 1 teaspoon celery salt, 1/2 teaspoon paprika, 1/8 teaspoon ground pepper, 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper, and 1/8 teaspoon dried nutmeg.
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 1crab cakes | Calories: 160kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 8g
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Sunday 15th of November 2020

Nice lil protein packets from Ms Brandi. If you can make tuna salad, you can level up and make this.


Wednesday 18th of November 2020

That's true! They are easy, right?!

Julie Guenther

Wednesday 11th of November 2020

I was so happy to see you posted a recipe for crab cakes in the air fryer! Sadly, we do not eat whole wheat bread crumbs (we eat no grain products at all) - so I wonder if you think pork rind dust/flour would be good as a substitute. I really don't want to ruin a batch of lump crab meat. Thanks!


Thursday 12th of November 2020

I've never tried that so I can't tell you definitively. It will probably work, but yes you will have to test it and risk it maybe not turning out how you like.


Friday 23rd of October 2020

The fact that these are beyond easy to make is an absolute blessing! I’m not a cook but my son was so intrigued he wanted to help! They’re AMAZING! Like amazingly wonderful in all the right ways. I’m from the north east and currently residing in the South and cannot find a good crab cake to save my life! Now I can make my own! A little piece of home.


Monday 26th of October 2020

Yes! So much better at home.

K. Phillips

Saturday 19th of September 2020

Fantastic! There's 5 in my household so I cooked them in a cast iron skillet on the stove top.The recipe is solid! It reminded me of the days when I could order apps at the bar of my favorite restaurant. With a recipe this easy, I can enjoy them whenever the mood strikes.


Monday 21st of September 2020

Yes! Great crab cakes right at home!


Thursday 20th of August 2020

These crab cakes turned out amazing. I didn’t have eggs so I used chia seeds and a bit of water as a substitute and it worked great.


Thursday 20th of August 2020

I'm glad that worked for you!