Craving a delicious, crispy crab cake? Look no further than your air fryer! With minimal effort and a few simple ingredients, you can make your own delicious crab cakes in no time. Read on to learn how to make the perfect crab cake in your air fryer for a delicious meal or appetizer.

1. How To Cook Crab Cakes in Air Fryer


  • Lump Crab Meat
  • Red bell pepper
  • Green onions
  • Mayonnaise
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Old Bay Seasoning
  • Lemon Juice


Step 1: In a large bowl, add the lump crab meat, red bell pepper chopped, green onions chopped, mayonnaise, breadcrumbs, old bay seasoning then mix them all until just combined

Step 2: Use your hands to gently form 4 evenly sized crab patties

Step 3: Spray the basket with oil spray or use parchment paper to line the bottom then put crab cakes into  air fryer basket.

Step 4: Air fry crab cakes at 370 ° F for 16 minutes, after the frist 8 minutes; press pause to check and flip them over.

Step 5: Use kitchen tongs to transfer crab cakes to a plate; sprinkle lemon juice on top and serve with your favorite sauce.

2. Tips When Cooking Crab Cakes in Air Fryer

  • Leave some space between crab cakes so the hot air of the air fryer can spread all sides evenly.
  • Flipping crab cakes after half the cooking time is very important. This ensures that both sides of them are evenly cooked.
  • You don’t need to preheat the air fryer before cooking
  • How long to cook crab cakes in the air fryer will depend on the thickness of them.
  • Your crab cakes after cooking must reach a minimum internal temperature of 165 ° F. So, you should use a meat thermometer to check.
  • You should use parchment paper so that you can easily clean the basket after frying

3. What To Serve With Crab Cakes?

When it comes to side dishes for crab cakes, the options are endless. A simple green salad with a light vinaigrette dressing is always a great accompaniment. Alternatively, a mixed vegetable side dish such as roasted asparagus or zucchini is also a great idea. If you’d like to add a bit of starch to the meal, a side of roasted potatoes or steamed rice would be perfect.

If you’re looking for something a bit more substantial, a grain-based side dish such as quinoa or couscous is a great option. Not only are they delicious, but they also add a healthy dose of fiber and protein to the meal. To make the side dish even more flavorful, add some fresh herbs and spices, such as dill or parsley. For a more substantial side dish, a creamy risotto with peas or roasted garlic and mushrooms would be a great choice.

Finally, don’t forget about the condiments. A tasty tartar sauce is a must-have for crab cakes. Additionally, a flavorful aioli or remoulade sauce can take the meal to the next level. Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, spicy mayo or salsa would be a great choice as well.

By following the simple steps outlined in this article, you can easily cook delicious and healthy crab cakes in your air fryer. No matter your experience level in the kitchen, you can make delicious crab cakes in your air fryer in no time!

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I'm the founder of the blog Air-Fryer.Recipes. My favorite cooking method is using an air fryer, and I want to share great recipes when using this kitchen appliance.

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