Air Fryer Crab Melts — Who doesn’t love a good crab melt? This recipe is perfect for seafood lovers and easy to make in your air fryer.

Crab meat is sandwiched between two cheese slices and toasted in the air fryer until melted and golden brown. Serve with a side of tartar sauce or your favorite dipping sauce. Enjoy!

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Air Fryer Crab Melts are amazing! I made a batch for my kids today for a great quick lunch or snack!

Crab melts are amazing, and if you have ever had a crab sandwich with a great topping, they are so good and addicting.

I love a great and easy sandwich, and these crab melts prepared and cooked in the air fryer fit the bill.


What Are Crab Melts?

Crab melts, like tuna melts, are simple sandwiches that are added on top of bread and then heated until the cheese melts, and you get a great open-faced sandwich.

A crab melt usually contains lump crab, mayonnaise, diced celery, and onions and is smoothed with cheese. Or the cheese is mixed in, depending on how you prepare it.

While I used English Muffins today, these are usually prepared on bread. Any bread will suffice.

Why You Will Love Air-Fried Crab Melts

You will love Air-Fried Crab Melts for several delicious reasons:

  • Irresistible Flavor: Air-frying the crab melts results in a crispy and golden-brown exterior, while the inside is filled with a delectable mixture of crab meat, cheese, and savory seasonings. The combination of textures and flavors is simply irresistible.
  • Quick and Convenient: Air frying is a fast and convenient cooking method. You can enjoy these crab melts in just a fraction of the time it would take to bake them in the oven.
  • Healthier Option: Air frying requires minimal oil, making it a healthier alternative to deep frying. You can savor the indulgence of crab melts with fewer calories and less grease.
  • Customizable: You can customize your crab melts with your favorite ingredients and seasonings. Add a touch of spice with hot sauce, experiment with different cheese varieties, or throw in some diced veggies for extra freshness.
  • Perfectly Melted Cheese: Air frying ensures that the cheese inside the crab melts and becomes wonderfully gooey and perfectly melted without overcooking or burning.
  • Great for Parties: Air-fried crab Melts make an excellent appetizer or snack. They are easy to prepare in batches and will surely be crowd-pleasers at gatherings.
  • Restaurant-Quality Results: You can achieve restaurant-quality results right at home with your air fryer. The crab melts will have that gourmet look and taste without deep frying.

Whether you’re looking for a quick and satisfying snack or an appetizer to impress guests, Air-Fried Crab Melts delivers flavor, convenience, and that delightful crunch. Enjoy these delectable treats as a savory indulgence!

Ingredients Needed For Air Fryer Crab Melts

Air Fryer Crab Melts are a delightful seafood treat that combines sweet and savory crab flavors with the richness of melted cheese.

These mouthwatering morsels are quick and easy to prepare in your air fryer, making them a perfect appetizer or snack option for seafood lovers.

Ingredients Needed For Blackstone Crab Cakes

Remember the step-by-step directions and detailed ingredient list are below, in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post, as well as the nutritional information.

  • Celery and Onions: Lends a mild onion flavor and a hint of freshness to the filling.
  • Mayonnaise: Mayonnaise binds the crab meat mixture, adding creaminess and tanginess.
  • Salt and Black Pepper: Adds some flavor.
  • Tabasco Sauce: Enhances the savory umami notes in the filling.
  • Crab Meat: Use high-quality lump crab for the best flavor and texture. It provides a sweet and salty taste that’s perfect for crab melts.
  • Shredded Cheese: Opt for a blend of cheeses such as cheddar, Monterey Jack, or Swiss to create a creamy, gooey, and cheesy interior.
  • English Muffins or Bread: Choose your preferred base, whether English muffins or slices of bread. These will serve as the vehicle for your crab melt.

How To Make Air Fryer Crab Melts

To make delicious Air Fryer Crab Melts, follow these simple steps:

air fryer crab melts

Mix the cream crab meat, mayonnaise, diced celery, diced onions,  salt, and pepper in a small mixing bowl. Mix in the shredded cheddar cheese.

How To Make Air Fryer Crab Melts

Then, separate your English muffins. Spread the crabmeat mixture on top of the English Muffin. As you make them, place them in your air fryer basket or on your air fryer tray.

Set the temperature to 300 degrees F for 5-7 minutes. (air fryer setting)

Air Fryer Crab Melts

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Air Fryer Crab Melts

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2 Servings


Air Fryer Crab Melts are amazing! Today, I made a batch for my kids, making for a great quick lunch or snack!


  • 1/4 cup celery, diced
  • 2 tablespoons onion, diced
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Tabasco sauce, or adjust to taste
  • 6 ounces lump crab meat
  • 1/3 cup Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 4 whole English Muffins, sliced


  • In a small mixing bowl, mix the cream crab meat, mayonnaise, diced celery, diced onions,  salt, and pepper.
  • Mix well.
  • Mix in the shredded cheddar cheese.
  • Then separate your English muffins.
  • Spread the crabmeat mixture on top of the English Muffin. Please place them in your air fryer basket or on your air fryer tray as you make them.
  • Set the temperature to 300 degrees F for 5 minutes. (air fryer setting)
  • Plate, serve, and enjoy!


  • Air Fryer
  • Cooking Spray, or Parchment paper


Serving: 1ServingCalories: 414kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 21gFat: 35gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 17gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 70mgSodium: 2280mgPotassium: 254mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 295IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 187mgIron: 1mg

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