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Air fryer crab cakes with lemons, sauce on white plate

Air Fryer Crispy Crab Cakes (w/low carb option)

  • Author: Deb
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Air Fryer
  • Cuisine: American


These crispy crab cakes are a tasty appetizer or a quick and easy meal.  They are cooked in the air fryer which means easy clean up too.  Serve them with a sweet and spicy roasted red pepper sauce. 


Units Scale
  • 8 oz. container lump crab meat
  • l large egg
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon coconut flour* ( or substitute 1/2 cup breadcrumbs)
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Old Bay seasoning **
  • 1 teaspoon lemon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
  • 2 scallions, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of roasted red pepper, ( drained from jar and finely chopped) or fresh red bell pepper


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup diced roasted red pepper (from jar)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning


  1. In a large bowl, combine the ingredients for crab cakes and stir well.
  2. Form into 4 patties and place on parchment paper on a plate.
  3. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat air fryer to 375°F.  Spray bottom of basket with non stick spray.
  5. Place crab cakes in air fryer and spray tops with the spray.
  6. Cook for 8 minutes. 
  7. Carefully, flip them over, spray the top and continue cooking for another 7 - 8 minutes, or until they are golden brown.***
  8. To make sauce:  combine the mayonnaise, spices, and red pepper in a spice grinder, mini processor or blender.  Pulse a few seconds to mix well and ingredients are smooth.


* There is an option to have this meal low carb or regular.  If you choose to use the coconut flour, be assured it will not make the crab cakes sweet.  It does not give a strong flavor in the crab cakes.

** To make your own Old Bay seasoning,  combine 1/4 teaspoon of the following:  salt, pepper, paprika, onion powder, dry mustard, allspice, red pepper flakes and 1/2 teaspoon celery seed.

*** Make sure you carefully flip the crab cakes over in the air fryer.  I only flip them once, after they have cooked the first 8 minutes so they are not so soft when I turn them with a spatula.

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