Delicious Air Fryer Crab Cakes (Super Easy)

There is nothing like a delicious and juicy crab cake that’s every single chew is tender, tasty, and packed with delightful crab meat. The supreme crab cakes are with a golden crust on the exterior and juicy, flavorful meat inside.

Whether you have a get-together or go to restaurants, crab cake should be there as the main dish or as a starter meal. The air fryer crab cakes with red bell pepper and green onion give a unique mix of taste and adding seasoning makes them amazing Maryland-style crab cakes.

Thanks a lot to the air fryer for making so easy crab cakes, I can make crab cakes with less chaos and not as much of a hassle. Air fryers make crab cake more crispy and tenderize the inside.

So if you want to cook delicious crab cakes in an air fryer, I have the right method and recipe for you in this article. Stick with me till the end.

air fried crab cakes
Air-fried crab cakes

What does crab cake taste like?

The taste of Crab cake mainly depends on the type of crab meat and all ingredients used to make them.

Some people like savory and others love to eat sweet one. Due to the use of old bay seasoning and salt, crab cake gives a fish-like flavor. The white crab meat is like chicken but its taste is different.

It is the favorite dish of a seafood lover. Now crab cakes are eaten all over the world but it is the main dish of the U.S.

Crab cakes in an air fryer basket
Crab cakes are loved all around the world


For making crab cake at home you would need:

  • 1 beaten large egg: helps in binding all ingredients
  • 2 tablespoon mayonnaise: mayo make your cake creamy and moist from inside
  • 1/3 panko bread crumbs: panko give your cake a crispy texture.
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard: give a delicious taste
  • zest of 1/2 lemon: gives an amazing look
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice: I enjoy it more, give the zesty flavor
  • 2 teaspoons of chopped parsley, 2 teaspoons chives: give a fresh look
  • 1/4 ground black pepper and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt: make crab cake taste.
  • 8 ounces fresh lump crab meat: it is easiest to lump crabmeat


  • Step 1: beat egg in a bowl.
  • Step 2: add mayonnaise to a bowl and mix them.
  • Step 3: stir to combine all ingredients completely.
  • Step 4: shape into patties, Just light, and moderate cuddle to make sure they are together.
  • Step 5: preheat the air fryer and spray the basket to make them non-stick also spray the top of the cake for a golden appearance.
  • Step 6: place them in the air fryer basket. Cook at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.

Note: Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 30 minutes to allow panko to absorb moisture and bind the cake. To prevent crab cakes from falling apart include a small amount of flour in them.

Check out the following video to know how to make air fryer crab cake:

Air fryer Crab cake

Tips For Making Delicious Crab Cakes

To make crab cake at home, follow some tips to make sure that it would come out as flavorful as you like in restaurants.

  • Crab quality: For a better flavor of crab cakes, it is important to use fresh, best-quality lump crab meat. the second option is refrigerated crab meat, I prefer refrigerated crab in comparison to frozen one.
  • Mixing: Mix gently with a plastic spatula, to avoid breaking up lumps of crab. while shaping the cake using a soft hand, over-shaping can break the cake.
  • TemperatureAlways regularly check the internal temperature when your crab cake starts cooking and check until it reaches 145 Fahrenheit.
  • Serve with: Chipotle Sauce, horseradish mayo, chipotle aioli, remolding, or tartar sauce.

Nutritional value:

Crab meat serves loads of healthy benefits. Here’s a chart for the nutritional value filled in crab cake:

Calories 124g
Total fat 3g
Saturated fat 0g
Trans fat 0g
Cholesterol 100mg
Dietary fibers 0g
Total sugar 1g
Sodium 877mg
Carbohydrates 7g
Nutritional value of crab cakes

How do you know when a crab cake is cooked?

Place crab cakes on a pan and top with butter, lemon juice, and/or white wine to taste. Place crab cakes in the preheated air fryer for approximately 20 minutes or until the cakes are golden brown on top and firm to the touch. 

The internal temperature should be 145° F when you remove the crab cake from the air fryer.

FROZEN: Cook for 25 minutesTHAWEDCook for 15 minutes.

What kind of crab meat is best for crab cake?

I recommend fresh, lump crab meat. it is costly, but once you try this high quality meat, you will get restaurant-style crab cake at home.

It gives the best taste and flavor to a crab cake. While buying meat it’s crucial to make sure that crab meat should be of good quality and stored in a clean vessel.

crab cakes
You can easily cook crab cakes at home with an air fryer

Why are my crab cakes mushy?

Crab cake becomes mushy when we add more stuff. Using minute filling will break up or crumble the crab cake but large amount of filling makes cake mushy and taste just like filler.

Therefore, ensure to use a moderate amount of filling to make it tasty and perfect in appearance.

Can you air fry store-bought frozen crab cake?

Yes store bought crab cakes can be air fried.

For this, preheat the air fryer and put the cake in the air fryer basket. Cook at 360 degrees F until it becomes golden. For frozen, store-bought crab cakes, air fryers take more cooking time than fresh ones.

How do we reheat crab cakes in the air fryer?

It is very easy to reheat crab cakes in the air fryer. It make crab cakes more crispy, golden in appearance and juicy from inside.

Follow these instructions to reheat them:

  • Preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees
  • Put the crab cakes for 3-4 minutes in the air fryer
  • Remove the cakes from the air fryer.

Why do we use an air fryer for crab cake?

  • Easy: Crab cakes in the air fryer are so easy to make without any chaos, very less or no oil is required. You can use a small amount of oil to spray the cakes to make them crispy.
  • Taste: The flowing air in the Air fryer makes crab cakes’ outer side crispy and crunchy and the inner side more juicy and tender.
  • Fast: Crab cake can be cooked in a very short time in the air fryer.
  • Easy clean-up: Air fryer is very easy to clean up and if we use foil then it’s even easier to clean.


  • Fresh, lump crab meat is best for making crab cake.
  • Store-bought crab cakes can be air fried.
  • We can freeze and reheat the crab cakes in the air fryer.
  • Crab cakes can be served as a main dish or as an amazing appetizer.
  • Air-fried crab is easy to make, tasty in flavor, and fast to cook.

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