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crab cakes

Delicious Air Fryer Crab Cakes .So Easy To Make!

dana vento
I love crab cakes, especially lump crab meat crab cakes. 
Really, there's nothing better than lump crab meat in a crab cake. 
Large chunks of crab are succulent when prepared right! 
However, finding a great crab cake is not an easy thing to do.
Never buy the grocery store premade meat case crab cakes. 
Most have so much filler in them, they can't even qualify as crab meat. 
Fish fry crab cakes should not even exist, as they are a money maker filled with a lot of NOTHING. 
Restaurants seem to add too much of everything to a crab cake and it is rare to find an outstanding restaurant crab cake. 
Fry oil, is the demon that takes away all the good in the flavor. 
You will taste the crab meat and the crab cake will be light and crispy. 
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Additional Time 2 mins
Total Time 12 mins
Course Recipes
Cuisine air fryer
Servings 6
Calories 300 kcal


  • Egg-Free Egg Replacer 2 eggs prepare per package instructions
  • 3 teaspoons Worcestershire
  • 4 Tablespoons Mayonnaise (vegan) unless you want EGG in your recipe
  • 3-4 Teaspoons Dijon Mustard
  • 2 Tablespoons of Lemon Juice
  • Dash of Sea Salt
  • 2 Teaspoons of Smoked Paprika
  • 1 Tablespoon of Franks Hot Sauce optional
  • 2 sticks of celery deveined and chopped.
  • 1 Pound Can Fresh Lump Crab Meat drain if necessary
  • 1/2 C Panko Bread Crumbs
  • 1 Teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • 2-3 Tablespoons of Olive Oil or Canola Oil brushing air fryer and tops of crab cakes


  • Preheat air fryer to 390° F
  • In a large bowl mix together egg replacer, Worcestershire, mayonnaise, hot sauce, mustard, lemon juice, sea salt, smoked paprika, and celery.
  • Make sure it is well combined.
  • Once mixed well, fold in lump crab meat and panko.
  • Fold again until combined.
  • Use a large serving spoon and portion into 6 while still in the mixing bowl.
  • Now take each portion into the palm of the hand and shape a crab cake, allowing the serving spoon to gently shape.
    Or yiu can use the palm of your hand for a general sizs overview and form that amount into a patty in the air fryer basket.
    Do not press too hard or the lump crab will crumble.
  • Brush air fryer basket with oil.
  • Add in 3 crab cakes at a time, evenly spaced.
  • Brush the top of each cake with a little of the oil reserve.
  • Program Air Fryer to 5 Minutes and do not open until the cycle is done.
  • Remove the crab cakes, as they will be golden brown and fully cooked.
  • Repeat the process for the other 3.
  • Serve Warm



You can use eggs, just use 2 whole eggs if you do that.
If you don't like hot sauce eliminate it, however, the recipe is not the same without it, and the hot sauce is more flavor than hot, as the amount used is so far less than the rest of all the ingredients involved.