Keto Crab Cakes in the Air Fryer

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Easy Keto Air Fryer Crab Cakes

These easy crab cakes are gluten free, grain free, low carb, keto friendly, and delicious! Cooking crab cakes in the air fryer is easy and less mess. If you don’t have an air fryer, see the recipe below for skillet instructions.

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ingredients for air fryer keto crab cakes

What Kind of Crab to Use in Crab Cakes

Canned lump crab meat is the easiest and most affordable way for me to get real crab meat where I live. Most grocery stores carry it and you can usually find it near the canned tuna.

If you can use fresh, real crab meat, weigh it out to 8 ounces and break up the pieces of crab into small chunks. Don’t use imitation crab!

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How to Make Keto Crab Cakes

Mix the ingredients together in a bowl – lump crab meat, almond flour, fresh parsley, green onion, Old Bay seasoning, salt, pepper, egg, mayo, and Dijon mustard. If you have a different favorite seafood seasoning, feel free to use that in place of the Old Bay. Avoid breaking up the crab meat too much while stirring.

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How Long to Cook Air Fryer Crab Cakes

Once the mixture is formed into patties, they will need to chill for about 30 minutes before cooking.

Cooking crab cakes in the air fryer only takes 10 minutes! Flip the cakes halfway through cooking time. Be careful with the flip because the cakes are still fragile at that point and may fall apart easily.

low carb gluten free crab cakes in air fryer

Easy Crab Cake Sauce Recipes

I love me some lemon goodness, so I opted for the Lemon & Old Bay Aioli and lemon wedges. If you like it super simple, you could just serve with lemon wedges. Check out these easy sauce recipes below and let us know if you have a favorite to serve with your crab cakes!

Lemon & Old Bay Aioli from This Mom’s Menu

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

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Spicy Mayo from All Day I Dream About Food

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cajun seasoning

Quick Tartar Sauce from Once Upon A Chef

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon sweet pickle relish
  • 1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 3/4 teaspoon minced red onion
  • 3/4 to 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice, to taste
  • salt and pepper, to taste

keto air fryer crab cakes

keto crab cakes in air fryer

Keto Crab Cakes in the Air Fryer

Enjoy easy homemade crab cakes in the air fryer! This recipe is gluten-free and keto friendly.
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Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Serves: 4
Adjust Servings: 4



  • 2 cans 6-ounces each lump crab meat, drained
  • ¼ cup almond flour
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 green onion sliced
  • ½ teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted


  • In a large bowl, stir together the drained crab meat, almond flour, parsley, green onion, Old Bay, salt, and pepper. Crab meat should remain in small lumps. Stir in the egg, mayo, and mustard, until incorporated.
  • Form mixture into 4 equal patties, about 1/3 cup each and 3/4- to 1-inch thick. Place patties on a lined plate (with waxed paper, parchment or plastic wrap) and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  • Spray or brush the air fryer basket with oil. Brush melted butter onto both sides of each crab cake and place in air fryer basket.
  • Air fry at 350°F for 10 minutes, carefully flipping each crab cake halfway through.
  • Serve crab cakes with lemon wedges and a sauce, if desired. (See blog post for sauce recipes.)

Recipe Notes

If you prefer to cook the crab cakes in a skillet, melt butter over medium heat and fry crab cakes for 3-4 minutes each side.


Calories: 93kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Sodium: 366mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g

Recipe Source: All Day I Dream About Food

Ingredients: Almond flour, Butter, Cooking Oil, Crab, Dijon Mustard, Egg, Green Onion, Mayonnaise, Old Bay Seasoning, Parsley, Pepper, Salt
Meal Type: Main Dish, Clean Eating, Gluten Free, Low Carb and Keto
Categories: Healthy, Seafood, Air Fryer, Stove Top

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