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Air Fryer Crab Cakes

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These Air Fryer Crab Cakes are filled with loads of crab meat, seasoned to perfection and mixed with breadcrumbs and mayonnaise to create a perfect appetizer that is ready in minutes. Dip them in our homemade tartar sauce for a healthy air fryer meal that is sure to bring a whole lot of smiles and compliments. 

Air Fryer Crab Cakes 

If you love crab cakes then you are going to want to make these Air Fryer crab cakes! You will love how easy they come together as well as the delicious flavor that is in every single bite! They are crispy on the outside and nice and tender on the inside. Whether you serve these as an appetizer or as a complete meal it is one recipe that everyone will keep asking you to make! 

Air Fryer Crab Cakes

If you love Air fryer recipes you will definitely want to grab the recipe for our Air fryer Garlic Parmesan Fries and our Air Fryer Pizza Pretzel Bites.  

Air Fryer Crab Cakes

What do I need to get started?

  • Crabmeat – fresh or canned lump crab meat
  • Panko breadcrumbs – regular or seasoned
  • Seafood seasoning – Old Bay, or other
  • Eggs 
  • Mayonnaise – your favorite brand
  • Red bell pepper – yellow or green
  • Celery 
  • Dijon mustard 
  • Lemon 
  • Jalapenos – this is optional, if you don’t like it spicy, just omit
  • Sweet pickle relish 

How to Make Air Fryer Crab Cakes

  • Line the air fryer basket with tinfoil and spray with cooking spray.
  • Combine the crab meat, breadcrumbs, seafood seasoning, eggs, mayonnaise, bell pepper, celery, Dijon mustard, lemon zest, and lemon juice, and stir till well mixed.

  • Shape a large tablespoon of the crab into a small patty and place it in the air fryer basket.  Do not overcrowd.  Do this in batches.

Air Fryer Crab Cakes
  • Place the basket in the air fryer and set it to 375° for 10 minutes.
  • Carefully flip the crab cakes and cook for an additional 5 minutes.

Air Fryer Crab Cakes
  • While the crab cakes are cooking, combine the ingredients for the tartar sauce and stir well.
  • Plate the crab cakes and serve with the tartar sauce.
Air Fryer Crab Cakes

Tips Tricks and FAQs

* To ensure your crab cakes are nice and moist, add the breadcrumbs to the crabmeat and then refrigerate for 1 hour prior to adding in the other ingredients. 
* You can easily make the tarter sauce ahead of time and store it in the fridge until you are ready to use it. 
* When making crab cakes you want to use a good quality crab. The fresher the better! 
* Mix and shape gently. This helps the crab from falling apart and the crab cakes from becoming too dense. 

To ensure your crab cakes are nice and moist, add the breadcrumbs to the crabmeat and then refrigerate for 1 hour prior to adding in the other ingredients.  You can easily make the tarter sauce ahead of time and store it in the fridge until you are ready to use it.  When making crab cakes you want to use a good quality crab. The fresher the better!  Mix and shape gently. This helps the crab from falling apart and the crab cakes from becoming too dense. 

Storage

You will want to store your crab cakes in an airtight container in the fridge. These will last up to 5 days. 

Air Fryer Crab Cakes

Can you freeze crab cakes?

Yes! You can freeze crab cakes. Let them completely cool and then place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and place them in the freezer until frozen. 

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Once they are frozen, you will want to add them to a freezer-safe bag for up to 3 months. 

When you are ready to enjoy, thaw in the fridge and then reheat in the air fryer for 3 to 4 minutes. 

Air Fryer Crab Cakes

Air Fryer Crab Cakes

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

These Air Fryer Crab Cakes are filled with loads of crab meat, seasoned to perfection and mixed with breadcrumbs and mayonnaise to create a perfect appetizer that is ready in minutes. Dip them in our homemade tartar sauce for a healthy air fryer meal that is sure to bring a whole lot of smiles and compliments.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound of fresh crabmeat
  • 3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 teaspoons seafood seasoning (Old Bay)
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup finely diced red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup finely diced celery
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Spicy Tartar Sauce:
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2-3 tablespoons chopped pickled jalapenos
  • 2 tablespoon sweet pickle relish
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

Instructions

  1. Line the air fryer basket with tinfoil and spray with cooking spray.
  2. Combine the crab meat, breadcrumbs, seafood seasoning, eggs, mayonnaise, bell pepper, celery, Dijon mustard, lemon zest, and lemon juice, and stir till well mixed.
  3. Shape a large tablespoon of the crab into a small patty and place it in the air fryer basket.  Do not overcrowd.  Do this in batches.
  4. Place the basket in the air fryer and set it to 375° for 10 minutes.
  5. Carefully flip the crab cakes and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
  6. While the crab cakes are cooking, combine the ingredients for the tartar sauce and stir well.
  7. Plate the crab cakes and serve with the tartar sauce.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 733Total Fat: 59gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 48gCholesterol: 234mgSodium: 1700mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 2gSugar: 5gProtein: 27g

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