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Cooking frozen Crab Cakes in the Air Fryer is incredibly easy and fast. Baked, not fried, this easy air fryer appetizer is simple to make and cooks in only 7 minutes.

air fryer crab cakes on a blue dish with dill
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Crab cakes are an incredible appetizer or entree, but sometimes making your own can take too long. Thankfully, frozen crab cakes are available at almost all grocery stores, and they cook so well in the air fryer. Crispy on the outside and flaky and tender on the inside.

These tasty little morsels pair well with homemade tartar sauce or homemade southwest chipotle sauce.

Throw a few crab cakes on top of a cabbage chopped salad for a quick lunch or dinner. Or, go to town making an epic appetizer board with air fryer pickles, air fryer onion rings, air fryer waffle fries, air fryer calzones, and air fryer potato skins.

two photos showing the process of cooking crab cakes in the air fryer

Pro tips/Recipe Notes

  • Do not thaw the crab cakes prior to cooking.
  • Brush olive oil or use air fryer parchment in the basket to prevent the crab cakes from sticking.
  • Do preheat the air fryer for 2 minutes. This will give you the crispiest crab cakes ever!
  • You can reheat them. Cook for 2 minutes at 350F.
  • To boost the flavor, check out our homemade seafood seasoning.
crab cakes on a blue plate with a salad on a grey plate
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Frozen Crab Cakes in the Air Fryer

Prep: 0 minutes
Cook: 7 minutes
Total: 7 minutes
air fryer crab cakes on a blue dish with dill
Cooking frozen air fryer crab cakes is incredibly easy and fast.


  • 24 frozen mini crab cakes


  • Preheat air fryer to 370F for 2 minutes.
  • Use air fryer parchment or brush a little olive oil on the basket of the air fryer.
  • Place crab cakes in the basket without them touching. Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may need to make 2 batches.
  • Cook at 370F for 7 minutes for mini crab cakes or 9 minutes for entree-sized crab cakes.
  • After cooking, allow crab cakes to rest in the basket for 1 minute before removing.


Do not thaw the crab cakes prior to cooking.


Serving: 6crab cakesCalories: 220kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 10gFat: 17gCholesterol: 60mgSodium: 270mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
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