Easy Air Fryer Crab Cakes

This post contains links to affiliate websites, such as Amazon, and we receive an affiliate commission for any purchases made using these links. Amazon doesn’t support my blog. We appreciate your support!

Sharing is caring!

Elevate your seafood game with these Air Fryer Crab Cakes. Crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, these delicious crab cakes are a breeze to make in the air fryer. With the perfect balance of flavors and a golden brown finish, they’re sure to become a favorite for seafood lovers. Let’s dive into how to make these irresistible crab cakes that are perfect for any occasion.

Crab Cakes20850

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • The recipe is super easy, and is perfect to whip up when I’m craving for some Maryland style crab cakes.
  • It is super versatile- I can enjoy it in a number of different ways including serving with Crab Dip.
  • It is protein rich and healthy, and a great dish to make for the entire family.
Crab Cakes20846

Recipe Ingredients

You’ll need two sets of ingredients to make these Air Fryer crab cakes.

Remoulade Sauce

  • Creole Seasoning or Old Bay Seasoning: Adds a kick of spice and depth of flavor to the remoulade sauce, giving it that authentic Southern taste.
  • Paprika: Lends a smoky flavor and vibrant color to the sauce, enhancing its overall appeal.
  • Minced Garlic and Ginger: Add a pungent, spicy-sweet flavor that complements the creaminess of the sauce and the sweetness of the crab.
  • Mustard: Contributes a tangy and slightly spicy element to the sauce, balancing out its creaminess.
  • Hot Sauce (Franks, Tabasco, or any other brand): Gives the remoulade an extra zing, making it even more flavorful and exciting.
  • Greek Yogurt or Sour Cream: Provide the creamy, tangy base for the remoulade, complementing the spicy and savory elements perfectly.

Crab Cakes

  • Egg: Acts as a binder for the crab cakes, helping all the ingredients stick together during the air frying process.
  • Mayonnaise and Mustard: Give the crab cakes their moistness and tangy flavor, enhancing the sweetness of the crab meat.
  • Hot Sauce: Adds a touch of heat to the crab cakes, creating a nice contrast with the other flavors.
  • Seafood Seasoning or Old Bay Seasoning: Enhances the natural flavors of the crab, adding a savory note to the dish.
  • Lemon Juice: Lemon juice provides a fresh, citrusy counterpoint to the rich crab meat, brightening up the overall flavor profile.
  • Crab Meat or Imitation Crab: Is the star of the dish, offering a sweet, delicate flavor and tender texture that’s highlighted by the other ingredients.
  • Saltine Cracker Crumbs: Help to bind the crab cakes and also add a bit of crunch, providing a nice textural contrast.
  • Diced Green Onions: Provide a hint of freshness and a slight bite, complementing the richness of the crab cakes.
  • Lemons for Lemon Wedges: Allows individuals to add an extra splash of citrusy brightness to their crab cake if they wish, rounding out this satisfying dish.

How To Make Air Fryer Crab Cakes?

Once you have all your ingredients ready, here’s what you’ll need to do to make these crab cakes.

Step 1: Prepare The Remoulade Sauce

Add all the ingredients for the remoulade in a bowl, and mix well until incorporated. Place in the fridge to chill while you prepare the crab cakes.

Crab Cakes20734 1

Step 2: Create The Binder Sauce

In another large mixing bowl, crack and whisk the egg. Add the mayonnaise, mustard, hot sauce, seasoning, and lemon juice. Gently fold the mixture until incorporated to create the binder sauce

Crab Cakes20735

Step 3: Prepare The Crab Cake Mixture

In a large bowl, add the cracker crumbs and crab meat. Toss until mixed. Add the binder sauce and mix by hand. This process will create a bound crab mixture.

Crab Cakes20736

Step 4: Refrigerate The Crab Cake Mixture

Refrigerate the crab mixture for 1 hour to allow the cracker crumbs to soak up the binder sauce. This will make for an easy forming. 

Step 5: Shape The Crab Cakes

With a 1/4-quarter cup, scoop out the mixture and form it into a ball. You can compress the cakes or leave them in a ball. I prefer the cakes to be round as they stay moist more than the compressed cakes. The compressed cakes are crispier throughout. 

Crab Cakes20737
Crab Cakes20739

Step 6: Give The Crab Cakes An Extra Coating (Optional)

To get an extra crunchy texture on the outside, you can also coat the crab cakes in some more panko breadcrumbs or regular bread crumbs before you transfer them to the Air Fryer basket.

Step 7: Preheat The Air Fryer

Preheat the Air Fryer and place the crab cakes in the Air Fryer basket. Cook the crab cakes for 7-8 minutes or until they are deep golden brown. Make sure you flip the cakes midway through the cooking process so that they cook evenly.

Crab Cakes20790

Step 8: Air Fry The Crab Cakes And Serve

Serve the Air Fryer crab cakes with some tartar sauce and lemon wedges on the side.

Crab Cakes20792

Cooking Tips

Before you jump in and give this easy recipe a shot, here are some tips and tricks you might want to take note of.

  • Remember that different Air Fryers cook differently, and to get the perfectly cooked crab cakes, you’ll need to check the crab cakes once in between the cooking process.
  • Also make sure you lay a parchment paper inside the Air Fryer basket or lightly spray it with some cooking spray before you place the crab cakes in there. The cooking spray will ensure that the crab cakes don’t end up sticking to the basket.
  • If you don’t have the saltine cracker crumbs that the recipe calls for, you can use panko breadcrumbs or classic bread crumbs too!
  • To lend some extra flavor to the crab cake mix, I like to add a dash of Worcestershire Sauce too.
  • To bring some freshness and a bit of tanginess into the crab cakes, you can also add a bit of lemon zest.
  • I also like to add some finely chopped bell pepper into the crab cake mixture to make them more nutritious and healthy. I love using red bell pepper, but you can use almost any other kind of pepper of your choice.
  • If you don’t have an Air Fryer, you can also bake them! Simply start off with some cooking spray on a baking sheet, and place the coated crab cakes
Crab Cakes20848 1

Storage & Reheating Instructions

  • Refrigeration: Store leftover crab cakes in the fridge for 2-3 days for optimal taste and texture.
  • Freezing: To freeze crab cakes, place them in a single layer in a freezer bag, removing as much air as possible. Mark the date and use within 2-3 months for the best quality.
  • Reheating: For a crunchy outer layer when reheating crab cakes, place them in a preheated oven at 375°F (190°C) for approximately 15-20 minutes.

What To Serve With This Recipe?

  • Zesty Coleslaw: Shredded cabbage and carrots tossed in a oily dressing for a crisp contrast to the succulent crab cakes.
  • Avocado Salsa: Diced avocados, tomatoes, onions, and cilantro tossed in lime juice, creating a refreshing salsa.
  • Sweet Potato Fries: Crispy, seasoned sweet potato fries for a delightful mix of textures.
Crab Cakes20848

FAQ’S

Best Crab Meat For Crab Cakes

The best crab meat for crab cakes is typically fresh lump crab meat, known for its sweet and delicate flavor. Look for jumbo lump crab meat or lump crab meat, which consists of large, whole pieces of crab meat, providing the perfect texture and taste for succulent crab cakes.

Can I Make Crab Cakes Ahead of Time?

You sure can! You can either prep the patties and make them ahead of time and freeze them, or just freeze the mixture, which you can then defrost and then put together when needed.

Remember that to cook frozen crab cakes in the Air Fryer, you might need a longer cooking time.

air fryer crab cakes

Easy Air Fryer Crab Cakes

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 31 minutes

Delicious Air Fryer Crab Cakes

Ingredients

  • Remoulade Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon creole seasoning or Old bay seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon paprika 
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic 
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger 
  • 1/2 tablespoon mustard 
  • 1-2 teaspoons hot sauce; Franks, Tabasco, or any other brand.
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt, or sour cream
  • Crab Cakes
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise 
  • 1 tablespoon mustard 
  • 1-2 teaspoons hot sauce; Franks, Tabasco, or any other brand of your choice.
  • 2 teaspoons seafood seasoning or old bay seasoning
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1lb chunk crab meat or imitation crab
  • 1 cup saltine cracker crumbs 
  • 1/8 cup diced green onions 
  • Lemons for lemon wedges

Instructions

Step 1: Prepare the Remoulade Sauce
Add all the ingredients for the remoulade in a bowl, and mix well until incorporated. Place in the fridge to chill while you prepare the crab cakes.

Step 2: Create the Binder Sauce
In another large mixing bowl, crack and whisk the egg. Add the mayonnaise, mustard, hot sauce, seasoning, and lemon juice. Gently fold the mixture until incorporated to create the binder sauce

Step 3: Prepare the Crab Cake Mixture
In a large bowl, add the cracker crumbs and crab meat. Toss until mixed. Add the binder sauce and mix by hand. This process will create a bound crab mixture

Step 4: Refrigerate the Crab Cake Mixture
Refrigerate the crab mixture for 1 hour to allow the cracker crumbs to soak up the binder sauce. This will make for an easy forming. 

Step 5: Shape the Crab Cakes
With a 1/4-quarter cup, scoop out the mixture and form it into a ball. You can compress the cakes or leave them in a ball. I prefer the cakes to be round as they stay moist more than the compressed cakes. The compressed cakes are crispier throughout.

Step 6: Give the Crab Cakes an Extra Coating (optional)
To get an extra crunchy texture on the outside, you can also coat the crab cakes in some more panko breadcrumbs or regular bread crumbs before you transfer them to the Air Fryer basket.

Step 7: Preheat the Air Fryer
Preheat the Air Fryer and place the crab cakes in the Air Fryer basket. Cook the crab cakes for 7-8 minutes or until they are deep golden brown. Make sure you flip the cakes midway through the cooking process so that they cook evenly.

Step 8: Air Fry the Crab Cakes and Serve
Serve the Air Fryer crab cakes with some tartar sauce and lemon wedges on the side.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 273Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 112mgSodium: 1097mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 18g

Did you make this recipe?

Please leave a comment on the blog or share a photo on Instagram

More Air Fryer Recipes

If you enjoyed trying this crab cake recipe in the Air Fryer, and are inspired enough to try some more Air Fryer recipes, here are a few good ones you might want to take a look at.

Similar Posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *