If you are a big fan of crab cakes, here is the good news. Now you can prepare air fryer crab cakes just in 10 minutes. Nothing compares to a delicious crab cake with a golden exterior and a juicy, tasty inside. And guess what! Using the air fryer, you can cook these fabulous crab cakes with less mess. This recipe is, without a doubt, one of my favorite dishes to whip up just before a party! To give my crab cakes the tangy flavor with a touch of spice, I mix them with Worcestershire sauce and lemon juice. You will get the perfect side dish if you add green onions and finely chopped red peppers for extra texture.
What do you need to prepare air fryer crab cakes?
- Two medium-sized eggs
- 1 lb. Lamb crab meat
- 2 tbsp. of standard mayo
- 1 tsp. of Dijon mustard
- Two tsp. of Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp. Of old bay seasoning
- Black pepper (freshly ground is ideal for tasting better)
- Two chopped green onions
- ¼ quantity of red diced bell pepper
- 2 tbsp. of evenly chopped parsley
- 1/3 c. Panko
- Air fryer
Additional kitchen hardware tools:
- Meat thermometer
- Cookie scoop
How to cook crab cakes in air fryer?
Here are some simple steps to follow when you cook air fry crab cakes:
Step 1: Combine eggs, mayo, Dijon, Worcestershire Sauce, old bay, and pepper. Give a stir with chopped green onions, bell pepper, panko, and parsley.
Step 2: Place crab meat carefully in this mixture. Remember, don’t over-mix to the point that the crab meat completely separates or mashes if you want the most incredible texture and look. The best crab cakes have bits of crab! As you divide the batter into six equal sections, carefully press it together to keep the cakes’ form. I prefer to use a cookie scoop to make the crab cakes more equally sized.
Step 3: Arrange the crab cakes on a plate and cover them using plastic wrap. One hour of the refrigerator will be enough to settle the meal. Spray the crab cakes on both sides before placing them in the air fryer basket without crowding them. I usually brush the tops with a little melted butter to give a taste similar to pan-fried crab cakes. Depending on your air fryer size, you might need to cook them in batches.
How long to cook crab cakes in air fryer?
Step 4: The air fry crab cakes need between 14 and 18 minutes at 375 degrees F, and the cakes will be brown. When they are done frying, the centers should measure 160 to 165 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer.
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Tips and tricks for the best air fryer crab cakes:
Even though this recipe is quite simple, there are a few things to remember. Here is some advice:
- Use Fresh Crab: Your crab cakes will taste better if you use fresher crab.
- Check Internal Temperature: After the crab cakes have finished cooking, I like to check the temperature using a meat thermometer to ensure it has attained at least 145 degrees Fahrenheit. This is particularly crucial if you make your crab cakes thicker than usual because the interiors might take longer to cook through.
- Mix gently: When forming your cakes, you should be delicate. If your crab cakes are over-formed, the tiny crab pieces will crumble, and your crab cakes will become thick.
Can you prepare air fryer crab cakes using frozen crab instead of fresh?
Of course. It is possible to use frozen lump crab flesh, but properly defrost it first and take special care to drain any excess liquid. You may have to add a bit more panko when using frozen crab. However, I prefer to use fresh crab meat from the fish market or seafood counter at the grocery store for the best results.
How to avoid my hands becoming sticky with the crab cake mixture?
You can prevent the dough from sticking to your hands when shaping the cakes if you lightly oil them or slightly wet them.
Can this recipe be prepared in advance?
Yes. Before forming the cakes, you can prepare the crab cake batter and chill it in the fridge for up to 4 hours, covered. Also, you may create the cakes and chill them in the fridge for the same length before air frying them on a covered platter.
How to serve air fryer crab cakes?
In addition to a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and a creamy dipping sauce on the side, I prefer to serve air-fried crab cakes hot or warm. The tartar sauce is my favorite sauce to serve with.
Air fryer crab cakes are a hit as an appetizer or a main course. Following are some suggested side dishes if you’re serving them for dinner:
- Simple salads, such as potato salad.
- Roasted potatoes or French fries.
|Air fry crab cakes|
|Prep Time||Cook time||Chilling time||Total time|
|15 minutes||15 minutes||1 hour||1 hour 30 minutes|
|Servings: 6 piece|
|Course: Appetizer, Lunch, Main Course|
|Calories for one crab cake: 167 kcal|
|Nutrition facts without dressing:|
|Calories: 167kcal||Carbohydrates: 5g||Protein: 16g|
|Fat: 9g||Fiber: 1g||Sugar: 1g|
|Cholesterol: 67mg||Sodium: 894mg||Potassium: 198mg|
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