These air fryer crab cakes are easy to whip up and are way better for you. Paired with a healthy tartar sauce, they taste like something you'd get at a fancy restaurant!

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air fryer crab cakes

If you follow me on Instagram (you can do so here!), you know that from time to time I like to poll my audience to see what new recipes they’re interested in. On one of the more recent polls, one follower delivered a passionate plea for a healthy yet delicious crab cake, and I loved the idea. Crab Cakes are one of my favorite things to order when I go out, but I also recognize that the ones you get at a restaurant typically are loaded with extra fillers and fried in lots of oil, so they aren’t the healthiest. Plus, a typical tartar sauce is super high in fat (and often loaded with preservatives). So I set out to not only create a healthier crab cake, but a delicious sauce to go with it. These Air Fryer Crab Cakes are absolutely IT, y’all.

These crab cakes are crispy on the outside but soft and flaky on the inside. With minimal filler, they have big crab flavor. Meanwhile, the healthier tartar sauce is a perfect creamy, tangy complement. I promise these taste just like something you’d get at a fancy restaurant – no crazy fillers or frying required.

air fryer crab cakes

Making Air Fryer Crab Cakes

While these crab cakes may look fancy, they’re super simple to make! To make them, you’ll need:

  • crab meat, you want good quality white meat (usually you can get it in a can)
  • egg
  • green onion, chopped 
  • light mayo 
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • dijon mustard
  • Old Bay seasoning
  • fresh squeezed lemon 
  • salt
  • Panko breadcrumbs (these help bind the crab cakes and are the only ‘filler’ agent)

In a medium bowl, whisk together dijon, lemon, egg, Worcestershire sauce, Old Bay seasoning and chopped chives. Whisk it all together, then gently stir in crab meat, being careful not to break it up entirely. Stir in Panko breadcrumbs until you have a uniform mixture. Form into 6 patties, spray well with cooking spray, and air fry at 370 for 7-9 min. You can also cook these in the oven or pan fry them (medium heat, 3 ish minutes per side).

air fryer crab cakes

Healthy Tartar Sauce

This healthy tartar sauce is the perfect complements to these crab cakes. It’s creamy, rich, and tangy, but made with better-for-you ingredients. To make it, you’ll need:

  • light mayonnaise
  • plain Greek yogurt
  • dill relish (or you can use a sweeter relish, but omit sugar)
  • fresh lemon juice
  • powdered sugar
  • dried dill
  • salt and black pepper to taste
air fryer crab cakes

Whisk together mayo and Greek yogurt in a bowl until smooth. Add lemon juice, sugar, relish, dill, salt, and pepper and whisk together until fully combined. Taste and adjust seasonings to your liking. Sauce is ready to enjoy immediately, but tastes best when you let it marinate in the fridge for 30 minutes prior to serving. Store in an airtight container for up to 6 days!

air fryer crab cakes

Air Fryer Crab Cakes

Jacklin Altman
These crab cakes are easy to make, taste like something you'd get at a fancy restaurant, but they're better for you! Served with a delicious healthy tartar sauce.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 129 kcal


  • Mixing Bowls
  • Air Fryer


Crab Cakes
  • 8 oz. Crab meat
  • 1 Egg
  • 3 Green onion chopped
  • 2 tbsp Light Mayo
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 tbsp Lemon juice, fresh
  • 1/8 teaspoon Salt
  • 5 tbsp Panko breadcrumbs
Healthy Tartar Sauce
  • ¼ cup Light mayonnaise
  • 3 tbsp Plain Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup Dill relish
  • 2 teaspoon Fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Powdered sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon Dried dill
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • In a medium bowl, whisk together egg, dijon, lemon, mayo, Worcestershire sauce, Old Bay seasoning and chopped chives. Add in crab meat and gently mix to coat. Stir in Panko breadcrumbs until fully incorporated.
  • Form the mixture into 6 cakes.
  • Air fry crab cakes at 370 for 7-9 min, until golden brown.
Tartar Sauce
  • Whisk together mayonnaise and Greek yogurt in a medium bowl. Add relish, lemon juice, powdered sugar, dill, salt, and pepper.
  • Adjust seasoning to taste. Refrigerate 20-30 minutes or until ready to serve. Enjoy!


Calories: 129kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 10gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 46mgSodium: 678mgPotassium: 145mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 148IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 55mgIron: 1mg
Keyword weight watchers, WW, air fryer, dinner, entree, crab, air fried, crab cakes
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8 thoughts on “Air Fryer Crab Cakes”

  1. 5 stars
    Delicious and super easy to make for a week night meal. My whole family loved this. It has such great flavor and it only 1 WW point per patty!! I’m obsessed. Thanks for sharing this amazing recipe. Keep ‘em coming.

  2. 5 stars
    So quick, easy, and delicious! I had never attempted to make crab cakes before, but these seemed really approachable and mostly required pantry staples I already had on hand. They came together so easily and cooked up quickly in the air fryer. While not huge in size, they’re really filling AND low calorie, so a win all around. Plus they truly do taste like the less-healthy crab cakes you would get at a restaurant. Will definitely make again!

  3. 5 stars
    These crab cakes are amazing! I found the recipe as soon as it was posted on Instagram and have seriously made them once a week ever since!

    They’re filling, easy to make, healthy and most importantly delicious!!

  4. 5 stars
    These crab cakes are SO GOOD! We’ve had them for dinner multiple times, but they’re easy to make for meal prep lunches too.

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