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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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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.
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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

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.

Video

Notes

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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Recipe Rating




Diana

Thursday 17th of June 2021

Amazing and super easy recipe. My kids ate every last drop and were asking for more. Brandi hit it out of the ball park yet again!

staysnatched

Sunday 20th of June 2021

Yay! Thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed them.

Kathy Camp

Thursday 25th of March 2021

There Awesome !!!!

staysnatched

Saturday 27th of March 2021

Wonderful! So glad you enjoyed them.

Ashley

Wednesday 10th of March 2021

Question, do you drain the crab meat? I am assuming yes since the photo of the ingredients in the bowl does not look wet. Thanks! Can't wait to try them!

Ashley

Friday 12th of March 2021

@staysnatched, Thank you!

staysnatched

Wednesday 10th of March 2021

Mine doesn't come with any liquid to drain. If yours does, I would.

Amanda G.

Wednesday 17th of February 2021

I’ve always been hesitant to make crab cakes for my fiancé and I. I have a running joke with him that because his stepdad makes such great crab cakes, anything I made wouldn’t even hold a candle to them! But tonight I made these, and they were excellent! Turned out perfect and even the fiancé loved them too 😜.

staysnatched

Thursday 18th of February 2021

I'm so glad you both loved them!

Lara

Wednesday 17th of February 2021

Super easy and flavorful! This was one of my first air fryer recipes I tried, and it definitely did not disappoint. I love that Brandi offers easy to follow recipes with videos! Low carb and healthy! My family was impressed.

staysnatched

Thursday 18th of February 2021

I'm glad the family was impressed!