Keto Crab Cakes Air Fryer Recipe


If you are looking for an easy Keto Crab Cakes recipe look no further! I made these crab cakes in the air fryer but you can also easily fry them in a pan if you don’t have one. Considering getting one? The Instant Pot® Duo™ Crisp + Air Fryer is my recommendation! My husband LOVES crab cakes. In fact, our local restaurant serves them and he said they were the best he ever had. I disagreed with him so I found this recipe from All Day I Dream About Food. I adjusted the recipe a little bit from the one I found (little less salt, dried parsley instead of fresh, and no sauce next time), and guess what, hubs now says this is his favorite.

Keto Crab Cake recipe

Are Crab Cakes Keto-friendly?

Crab is a great source of important vitamins and is low carb. Not all seafood is low carb so don’t assume it all is. This keto crab cake recipe comes in at 7 net carbs (9 carbs) per serving (2 cakes) so make sure to plan for it in your daily allowance. Instead of an appetizer, you may want to have it as your meal. They are very filling and delicious so you will be satisfied.

Keto Crab Cakes Air Fryer or Pan?

If you don’t have an air fryer for your keto crab cakes, use a frying pan instead. Just cook on medium-high for about 10 minutes, 5 minutes per side. I’ve made crab cakes both in the air fryer and in the pan and I’m sure many of you are wondering which is better. Well, I like both ways for different reasons:

  • Crab Cakes in Air Fryer

Hands down, I love how quick and simple it is to make them in the air fryer. You just throw them in, set the temp and timer, and wait to flip. When done, let the basket cool. It’s easy to wash and you’re done. The only downfall I have with the air fryer is the basket is deep and a little narrow so flipping my crab cakes can be a little challenging. I’ve broken one or two of them on the flip in the past. But luckily that doesn’t change the taste of them at all!

  • Crab Cakes in the Pan

Making keto crab cakes in a frying pan, I’ll be honest, can get messy. The grease splatters and the pan sometimes sticks. Also, the temperature and timing can be more challenging. Everyone’s stovetop is different. But there is something satisfying about watching the cakes sizzle and flipping them over to reveal that golden brown crisp.

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Keto Crab Cake recipe

Keto Crab Cakes Air Fryer Recipe

Delicious keto crab cakes that taste just like you got them in the restaurant.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer, crab, seafood
Servings: 2 Servings
Calories: 335kcal


Crab Cakes

  • 6 Ounces Canned Lump Crab Meat drained well
  • ¼ Cup Almond Flour
  • 1 Tbsp Dried Parsley
  • 1 green onion sliced
  • ½ tsp Old Bay seasoning or other fish seasoning
  • ¼ tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1 Tbsp Mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 2 Tbsp Butter melted


  • Drain the crab thoroughly.
  • In a large bowl, break up the crab meat with a fork. Stir in the almond flour, parsley, green onion, Old Bay, and pepper until well combined.
  • Stir in the egg, mayo, and mustard until the mixture is well moistened.
  • Use your hands to form into 4 patties, each about 3/4 inch to 1 inch thick. Place on parchment paper and refrigerate at least 30 minutes.
  • Spray or brush the air fryer rack with oil.
  • Brush melted butter over both sides of the crab cakes and place on the rack.
  • Air fry at 350°F for 10 minutes, carefully flipping halfway through cooking.



Calories: 335kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 132mg | Sodium: 852mg | Potassium: 230mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 532IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 108mg | Iron: 3mg
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Since I am not a Registered Dietitian or Nutritionist, I use a WordPress plug-in to calculate the nutritional information provided in this recipe card.

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