Air Fryer Crab Cakes


These air fryer crab cakes are flavorful, crisp, and lighter than if cooked with oil in a skillet. Air-frying crab cakes means less mess and less cleanup but at no sacrifice to taste. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce, aïoli, or tartar sauce, as well as fresh lemon wedges.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 25 mins
8 crab cakes


  • 1 large egg, beaten

  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise

  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

  • 1 teaspoon seafood seasoning (such as Old Bay)

  • ½ teaspoon hot pepper sauce

  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped green onion

  • 1 pound lump crabmeat, drained and picked over

  • 3 tablespoons milk

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 11 saltine crackers, crushed

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 4 wedges lemon

  • olive oil cooking spray


  1. Combine beaten egg, mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, seafood seasoning, and hot pepper sauce in a large bowl. Stir in green onion and set aside.

  2. Place crabmeat in a medium bowl and break up with a fork. Add milk, salt, and black pepper; toss to coat. Add saltine crackers and baking powder; toss lightly to combine. Add to egg mixture, stirring gently and being careful not to break apart crab lumps.

  3. Scoop crab with a 1/3-cup measure and form into 8 patties. Place patties on a plate, cover, and refrigerate until firm, 1 to 8 hours.

  4. Preheat an air fryer to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  5. Spray crab cakes on both sides with cooking spray and place in the air fryer basket.

  6. Cook in the preheated air fryer for 5 minutes. Turn crab cakes over gently and continue cooking until crispy brown, about 5 minutes more.


The top-of-the-line crab is lump crab meat, and although delicious, it's expensive. So I typically use claw meat for crab cakes, which works well.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

242 Calories
9g Fat
11g Carbs
28g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 242
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 2g 9%
Cholesterol 136mg 45%
Sodium 937mg 41%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 28g
Vitamin C 16mg 79%
Calcium 173mg 13%
Iron 2mg 8%
Potassium 555mg 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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