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Crab cakes with sherry sauce on a white platter.
Crab Cakes - Air Fryer Version
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
25 mins
Crab cakes are a versatile recipe - you can serve them hot or cold; they are suited for an elegant brunch, a delicious appetizer (when made a little smaller) or a hearty dinner with a side salad; and you can serve them simply with some lemon wedges or dress them up with a sauce.
Course: Entrées, Appetizers/Snacks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Seafood
Servings: 4
Calories: 272 kcal
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • cup finely diced onion
  • cup finely diced celery
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 egg
  • pinch ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 16 ounces lump crabmeat
  • 2 tablespoons panko breadcrumbs
  • ½ cup panko breadcrumbs
  1. Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Sauté the onion and celery until it starts to soften, but not brown – about 2 minutes.
  2. Combine the mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, egg, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Stir in sautéed onions and celery. Gently fold in the lump crabmeat and 2 tablespoons of panko breadcrumbs. Stir carefully so you don’t break up all the crab pieces.

  3. Pre-heat the air fryer to 400ºF.
  4. Place the ½ cup of panko breadcrumbs in a shallow dish. Divide the crab mixture into 4 portions and shape each portion into a round patty. Dredge the crab patties in the breadcrumbs, coating both sides as well as the edges with the crumbs.
  5. Air-fry the crab cakes for 5 minutes. Using a flat spatula, gently turn the cakes over and air-fry for another 5 minutes. Serve the crab cakes with tartar sauce or cocktail sauce, or dress it up with the suggestion below.

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Nutrition Facts
Crab Cakes - Air Fryer Version
Amount Per Serving
Calories 272 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 97mg32%
Sodium 1755mg73%
Potassium 312mg9%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 24g48%
Vitamin A 155IU3%
Vitamin C 9.2mg11%
Calcium 88mg9%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.