Air Fryer Crab Legs — My love for Seafood is no secret, and the only thing better than freshly caught fish? Fish cooked in an air fryer. I sprinkle some Old Bay Seasoning over my crab’s legs before putting them on there – bam! They are done quickly, so you can enjoy that tasty meaty goodness within minutes of starting up your kitchen appliance. No more fried food thanks to this wonder device…
This was tonight’s dinner, and it could not be easier, a few spices, some olive oil, and a nice portion of crab legs. And, my husband and I had a nice Air Fryer Cajun Crab Legs Feast.
If you have never had crab legs, they are effortless to cook or, in my case, air fryer, and they create a lot of great flavors. I serve them with melted butter for dipping.
I don’t know why everyone is always making their crab’s legs by boiling them in the oven. It’s so time-consuming and laborious! You can have tender, succulent crab meat with just minutes of work when you use an air fryer instead to cook it fast from start to finish.
If you love all things Seafood, some of the best Air Fryer Seafood Recipes are AIR FRYER BOURBON GLAZED SALMON, AIR FRYER SCALLOPS WITH GARLIC PESTO SAUCE, CHILE LIME AIR FRYER SALMON, and AIR FRYER SHRIMP ON THE BARBIE (OUTBACK COPYCAT RECIPE).
What Are Crab Legs?
If you have never seen these in the grocery store. They are nothing more than the legs from a crab.
There are two different types of crab legs you can purchase. They are Snow Crab and King Crab. The thick ones are called King crabs, and the smaller ones are called snow crab. Actually, the King Crabs legs are shorter than the Snow Crabs.
Why Make Crab Legs In The Air Fryer?
I love all of my air fryers, today, I made these in my Instant Pot Vortex Air Fryer, and they were so easy to cook!
This makes for such an easy dinner or lunch, and there is nothing better than a batch of homemade crab legs, and they will revival any local seafood restaurant!
So, forget about boiling them; when the water is boiled, you will be done cooking the crab legs, and the meat will be perfectly tender and juicy!
Ingredients Needed For Air Fryer Crab Legs
How To Make Air Fryer Crab Legs
Start by rinsing the crab legs with water. In a large bowl, mix the crab legs, olive oil, and cajun seasoning. Transfer to the air fryer and air fry for about 3 to 5 minutes at 350 degrees F. (air fryer setting)
Are Store-Bought Crab Legs Already Cooked?
If you want to get the most out of your dollar, consider buying fresh. The color of your crabs will tell you if they have been cooked. If they have an orange or red color, then that means they’ve been cooked and are already ready to heat up before consumption!
Brown or Green Crab Legs meat that the crab legs are spoiled or have gone bad.
Can You Overcook Crab Legs?
When you’re cooking crab legs, there’s always a risk of overcooking them. Remember you are simply heating them in your air fryer and only need a few minutes. As soon as they’re hot, remove them from the air fryer.
What Can You Season Crab Legs With?
You can season them from nothing, salt, and pepper, to garlic and herb seasoning. I used a simple Cajun seasoning, but a great one I would try next time is Old Bay Seasoning.
What Do They Taste Like?
It is sweet, rich meat that reminds me of lobster meat. They have a similar texture as well.
What To Serve Crab Legs With?
I usually serve mine with a side of melted butter. My husband likes his with a shake or two of Old Bay Seasoning and lemon wedges.
This also makes for a fantastic holiday appetizer! Everyone loves to eat crab legs! It’s fun food, and guests will enjoy them! Serve with some melted butter or lemon wedges!
More Air Fryer Recipes:
- AIR FRYER, CRISPY BREADED FISH FILLETS
- AIR FRYER, OLD BAY GRILLED SHRIMP SKEWERS
- EASY AIR FRYER SKIRT STEAK
- AIR FRYER COPYCAT IN-N-OUT ANIMAL FRIES
- AIR FRYER HOT DOGS
- 1 cluster Snow Crab legs (fresh)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon cajun seasoning
- Optional: serve with melted butter, Old Bay seasonings, or lemon wedges
- In a large bowl, mix the crab legs, olive oil, and cajun seasoning.
- Transfer to the air fryer and air fry for about 3 to 5 minutes at 350 degrees F. (air fryer setting)
- Plate, serve, and enjoy!
Note: You can use frozen crab legs, but the time will be increased.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 97Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 892mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 1g
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