If you’re looking for an easy and delicious seafood dish, look no further than crab cakes. And if you want to make them in your air fryer, we’ve got the perfect recipe for you. We used our beloved air fryer to create a wonderfully crispy crab cake that tastes just like the ones from Legal Sea Foods. So don’t wait any longer, get cooking!
Air Fryer Copycat Legal Sea Food Crab Cakes — If you love crab cakes, this is the perfect recipe for you. Today, I bring you my recipe for Copycat Legal Sea Food Crab Cakes.
Loaded with onion, mayonnaise, seasonings, and juicy crab in every single bite. Serve these up for lunch or dinner this week, and wow your family or guests.
I am from Boston, and there Legal Sea Foods is a staple. I think they even have a restaurant at the Airport (Logan Airport). They make a mean crab cake, which is one of my kid’s favorites. So, today with my air fryer, I made a great copycat version!
If you are looking for even more Air Fryer Seafood Recipes, some of my favorites are AIR FRYER SEAFOOD BOIL, AIR FRYER CRISPY SHRIMP, GARLIC PARMESAN AIR-FRIED SHRIMP RECIPE, and AIR FRYER LEMON PEPPER SHRIMP.
Legal Seafood Crab Cakes
Legal Sea Food Crab Cakes are actually called their Signature Crab Cake, made with Lump Crab, typically served with a mustard sauce, and a Fennel Salad.
The Legal Sea Food Crab Cake is different because its recipe includes crushed oyster crackers, dry mustard, Dijon mustard, and a seafood rub, making for a very tender and delicious plate of crab cakes.
What Is A Crab Cake
Crab cakes are one seafood dish that so many love. You will use a mix of spices, mayonnaise, egg, and more to help create patties.
These patties get air fried in the air fryer. It is almost like a burger, but it is a seafood dish. They are loaded with rich crab flavor and spices and herbs to compliment the lump crab.
Ingredients Needed For Air Fryer Copycat Legal Sea Food Crab Cakes
- Dijon Mustard
- Dry Mustard
- Seafood Rub
- Worcestershire Sauce
- Crushed Oyster Crackers
- Lump Crabmeat
How To Make Air Fryer Copycat Legal Sea Food Crab Cakes
Mix the mayonnaise, mustard, dry mustard, seafood rub, Worcesthisre sauce, and egg in a large bowl. Mix well. Add the lump crabmeat and oyster crackers until well blended.
Shape your crab cakes. Place them on a plate and refrigerator for about an hour. Preheat your air fryer to 370 degrees F, air fryer setting. Then place a piece of parchment into the air fryer, followed by the crab cakes—Air Fry for 12 to 15 minutes.
WHAT ARE SOME GOOD SAUCES TO SERVE WITH THE CRAB CAKES?
I usually use my homemade tartar sauce, which can be found here: HOMEMADE TARTAR SAUCE.
But other ways to serve Air Fryer Crab Cakes would be with lemon wedges.
Best Crab To Use For Crab Cakes
Jumbo lump crab or lump crab is the best option for making these crab cakes. You will find the fresh and delicious crab will be the star of these cakes. I have found the best crab cakes are simple. You will find that the best crab cakes use ingredients to add flavor without overpowering the crab flavor.
Substitute For Oyster Crackers
If you don’t want to use oyster crackers, you can easily use classic breadcrumbs or even saltines for the swap.
I love to mix the two; it helps add texture and flavor. But feel free to use what you have or prefer to use.
Do Crab Cakes Store Well
Like anything, when it comes to seafood, it is always best when served fresh. If you happen to have extras, you are more than welcome to refrigerate your leftovers.
Then you can eat your leftover cakes cold or heat them in the microwave, in a non-stick skillet, or even your air fryer. To do the air fryer, heat until the cakes are fully warmed through. This method will help to give you a crispier texture.
Can I Double This Crab Cake Recipe?
You are more than welcome to double this recipe. The biggest thing is to batch cook your crab cakes. You do not want to have your cakes touching, or they will stay soft and be undercooked in that area.
Go right ahead and make as many as you would like. You can keep the cooked cakes on a tray in a single layer. Please place in the oven at 200 degrees F to keep them warm until you are ready to serve them up.
Can you freeze crab cakes cooked and uncooked?
Crab cakes can be frozen raw and cooked. Both methods work, and it is truly whatever you prefer. Let me share how to do them both ways, so you have the option.
Freezing Crab Cakes Uncooked | For freezing these cakes uncooked, you will shape them into your patties. Then place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and place in the freezer. Allow the cakes to freeze for around 2 hours. Then wrap each cake in plastic wrap. Then place in an airtight container or freezer bag.
For raw, thaw and then cook until the crab is fully cooked and warmed through.
Freezing Crab Cakes Cooked | Allow your cooked cakes to cool down, and then wrap each in plastic wrap. Store the same way as raw in an airtight container or freezer bag!
Just reheat in the microwave, in a pan on the stove, or toss in the air fryer to crisp them up.
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- AIR FRYER CLASSIC CORNBREAD
- INSTANT POT ACORN SQUASH
- AIR FRYER CORN FRITTERS
- HOW TO COOK FROZEN CORN KERNELS IN THE AIR FRYER
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Air Fryer Copycat Legal Sea Food Crab Cakes
- 2/3 cup mayonnaise
- 1 teaspoon Dijon Mustard
- 1 teaspoon dry mustard
- 1 teaspoon Seafood Rub or Seasoning
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup oyster crackers
- 1 pound fresh lump crabmeat
- Mix the mayonnaise, mustard, dry mustard, seafood rub, Worcesthisre sauce, and egg in a large bowl. Mix well.
- Add the lump crabmeat and oyster crackers until well blended.
- Shape your crab cakes. Place them on a plate and refrigerator for about an hour.
- Preheat your air fryer to 370 degrees F, air fryer setting. Then place a piece of parchment into the air fryer, followed by the crab cake.
- Air Fry for 12 to 15 minutes.
- Plate, serve, and enjoy!
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