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Easy Air Fryer Crab Cakes

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These Air Fryer Crab Cakes are so easy to make thanks to the Air Fryer. Every bite is full of delicious juicy crab meat.

crab cake on a plate with remeloude sauce on top

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There is nothing like a delicious golden on the outside and moist and flavorful on the inside crab cake. And thanks to the Air Fryer, I can make delicious crab cakes with less mess and less stress.

I call myself a bit of a crab cake snob as I have eaten a ton of crab cakes over the years. If I see it on a restaurant menu I order it and sample it. Here’s what I’ve learned:
  • The best crab cakes taste like crab, lol. Meaning you don’t want too many fillings or ingredients that overpower the taste of the crab.
  • Less bread crumbs and more crab makes a supreme crab cake.
  • Use lump crab or jumbo lump crab meat when making crab cakes. You should be able to find this in the seafood section of your local grocer. It ain’t cheap (Mine was $14 for 8 oz) but it’s so worth it.
  • No eggs needed for this recipe. You want a moist crab cake but crab meat by itself is moist and since it’s made in the Air Fryer, you won’t need to flip it and you’ll still get that nice golden crust. 

How to make Air Fryer Crab Cakes

Start by finely chopping your red bell pepper and green onion.

Next, add your crab meat, red bell pepper, green onions, mayonnaise, dijon mustard, breadcrumbs, and old bay seasoning to a bowl. Stir until combined.

crab cake ingredients in a bowl stirred up

Gently form 4 patties with your crab meat mixture. Don’t smoosh them together too hard. Just a light and gentle squeeze to ensure they are together.

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Place them in your Air fryer basket. I use these parchment paper liners to line my basket first. It makes for easier clean up and it ensures my basket is non-stick.

crab cakes in air fryer basket

Please make sure you place the crab cakes on the liner before starting the Air Fryer. You need the weight of the crab cake to hold the liner down so it does not fly up into the fan and heating element.

Slightly spray the top of the crab cakes with your favorite cooking oil. I used canola but vegetable, avocado, olive oil will all work.

Close your Air Fryer basket and cook on 370 degrees fahrenheit for 10 minutes. Once done, open air fryer and remove crab cakes and paper liners if using.

crab cakes in air fryer basket

That’s it! So easy. For the perfect dressing for this crab cake, I recommend this homemade remoulade sauce.

I love how these crab cakes are made from scratch so you control all the ingredients.

Looking for more Air Fryer Recipe appetizers? Try these out:

crab cakes on white plate with sauce being poured on top

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Easy Air Fryer Crab Cakes

Easy and delicious crab cakes that are made in the Air Fryer with less mess and less stress. Nice crust on the outside with flakey and flavorful crab meat on the inside.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer crab cakes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 123kcal
Author Tanya


  • 8 Oz lump crab
  • 1/4 cup red bell pepper chopped
  • 2 green onion chopped
  • 2 Tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 2 Tablespoon bread crumbs
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon old bay seasoning
  • Oil for spraying
  • Squeeze of lemon


  • Place lump crab, red bell pepper, green onion, bread crumbs, mayonnaise, dijon mustard, and old bay in a bowl and stir until combined.
  • Gently form 4 patties with mixture.
  • Place in Air Fryer basket and lightly spray tops with oil.
  • Air fry on 370 degrees Fahrenheit 10 minutes. Open and Squeeze a bit of lemon over the tops before serving.



I suggest serving this crab cakes with remoulade sauce.


Calories: 123kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 598mg | Potassium: 162mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 365IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 0.8mg
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Saturday 7th of January 2023

Nice but please eliminate the onion and red bell pepper if you want to make “real” Maryland crab cakes. (And everyone knows although Virginia is for Lover, Maryland is for Crabs.) Plus out with the breadcrumbs, in with just a scant amount of Saltine cracker crumbs. Enjoy!


Saturday 31st of December 2022

Wow! These are the best crab cakes! So flavorful & delicious. I’ve tried other recipes but hands down this is the best . I doubled the recipe & added a bit of hot sauce. The remoulade sauce was also delicious !


Tuesday 3rd of January 2023

Thanks so much MrsSC! Glad you enjoyed the recipe :)

Kris Marie

Sunday 25th of December 2022

Made these last night for Christmas Eve dinner, they were absolutely delicious! And I made your remoulade sauce too! A keeper and Merry Christmas! Thank you!


Sunday 25th of December 2022

Thanks Kris! So happy you liked the crab cakes.

Amy Klare

Thursday 15th of December 2022

Great recipe, Tanya! Mine tuned out perfect! ❤️


Saturday 17th of December 2022

Thanks Amy! So happy you like the recipe.


Sunday 7th of August 2022

What kind of bread crumbs do you use? Also, is the parchment paper necessary? Thanks!


Monday 8th of August 2022

Hi Tammy, I use plain breadcrumbs. It's not necessary, just makes the crab cakes easier to remove from the air fryer.