Pretzel-Crusted Air-Fryer Crab Cakes

Pretzels provide an irresistible breading for this air-fryer crab cake recipe. Enjoy with the homemade tangy mustard-mayo dipping sauce.

Pretzel-Crusted Crab Cakes on board with lemon wedges and dill garnish
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Cook Time:
8 mins
Hands On Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
28 mins
12 crab cakes + 3/4 cup sauce


  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

  • ¾ cup finely crushed pretzels

  • 2 tablespoon mayonnaise

  • 5 teaspoon Dijon-style mustard

  • ½ teaspoon Old Bay seasoning

  • 1 pound lump crab meat, flaked

  • Nonstick cooking spray

  • 2 tablespoon butter, melted

  • ¾ cup mayonnaise


  1. In a medium bowl combine egg, 1/2 cup of the pretzels, 2 Tbsp. mayonnaise, 1 tsp. of the mustard, and the Old Bay seasoning. Stir in crab meat. Shape mixture into twelve 1/2-inch-thick patties, using 1/4 cup mixture for each patty. Place remaining 1/4 cup pretzels in a shallow dish. Dip patties into pretzels, turning to coat.

  2. Coat air-fryer basket with cooking spray. Preheat air fryer at 400°F. Working in batches, arrange crab cakes in a single layer in prepared basket. Drizzle with some of the melted butter. Cook 8 minutes or until golden and heated through (160°F), turning once. Transfer crab cakes to a plate; keep warm.

  3. For sauce, in a small bowl combine 3/4 cup mayonnaise and remaining 4 tsp. mustard. Serve crab cakes with sauce.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

190 Calories
15g Fat
6g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 190
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 77mg 26%
Sodium 406mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Protein 8g
Calcium 58mg 4%
Iron 0.3mg 2%
Potassium 10mg 0%
Folate, total 2.8mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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