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air fried crab cakes with old bay sauce

Air Fryer Crab Cakes with Old Bay Aioli

These air fryer crab cakes have a delicious golden brown crust with a tender crab interior, and the old bay aioli sauce adds an extra kick to every bite. Plus these air fryer crab cakes only take less than 25 minutes to make from scratch.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American, Maryland
Servings 4


  • Air Fryer


  • 1 lb crab meat, regular or jumbo lump
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tbsp dijon
  • 0.5 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 3 whole lemons
  • 1 whole egg
  • 0.75 cup parsley, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, grated or minced to a paste
  • 2 tbsp old bay seasoning
  • salt and pepper to taste


Crab Cake

  • Put the crab, 0.25 cup mayonnaise, 2 tbsp dijon, breadcrumbs, egg, 0.25 cup parsley, juice of 1 lemon, 1 tbsp old bay, and salt and pepper in a large mixing bowl. Mix gently until everything just comes together.
  • Preheat air fryer to 400. Gently form the crab mixture into patties.
  • Cook for about 5 to 8 minutes per side in the air fryer, until you get a nice golden brown crust on each side.

Old Bay Aioli

  • Mix 0.75 cup mayo, 1 tbsp dijon, 1 tbsp old bay, juice of 1 lemon, garlic, and 0.25 cup of parsley. The old bay contains a lot of salt, so no additional salt is necessary. Add more lemon juice or water if you wish to thin out the texture of the aioli.


  • Serve air fryer crab cakes immediately with the old bay aioli. Garnish with the remaining chopped parsley and serve with additional sliced lemon.
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