Crispy Chipotle Air Fryer Crab Cake Sliders

Frozen crab and a few pantry-friendly add-ins turn into super crispy and delicious crab cakes with the help of an air fryer. No air fryer? No problem! You can make these patties in the oven, too. Have them on their own, or try them on slider buns with chipotle mayo, shredded lettuce, and pickles. They’re perfect for party platters, too!


  • 1 package (227 g) of Canadian crab meat
  • 2 green onions, finely chopped
  • 1 large clove garlic, pressed or minced
  • ¼ tsp each salt and pepper
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup (100 g) dry bread crumbs
  • 8 slider buns
  • ¾ cup (57 g) shredded lettuce
  • 2 dill pickles, sliced into rounds
  • For the chipotle-lime mayo:
  • ½ cup (125 g) mayonnaise
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, finely chopped
  • ¼ tsp (1 g) grated lime zest
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) lime juice
  • ¼ tsp (1 mL) Worcestershire sauce


For the Chipotle-Lime Mayo

  1. In a bowl, combine mayonnaise, chipotle peppers, lime zest and juice, and Worcestershire sauce; set aside.

For the Sliders
  1. Place crab meat in sieve and drain well, pressing to remove excess liquid; pick through to remove any cartilage. Transfer to a large bowl. Add 2 tbsp of the chipotle mayo, onions, garlic, salt, pepper, egg, and bread crumbs. Form into 8 ½-inch (1 cm) thick patties.

  2. Arrange patties in basket of air fryer, leaving 1 inch (2.5 cm) between patties. Spritz with cooking spray. Cook in preheated 375°F (190°C) air fryer until golden and firm; about 4 minutes per side.

To Assemble
  1. Fill buns with remaining mayo, lettuce, pickles, and crab cakes.

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Health Benefits of Crab

  • Antioxidant Boost: The excellent source of selenium in crab acts as an antioxidant, helping to protect against chronic diseases. Additionally, the good source of riboflavin in crab may enhance the body's antioxidant production.
  • Pregnancy & Development: Crab is a source of omega-3 fatty acids, essential for a healthy pregnancy and the proper development of the brain, retina, and nerves, especially in children under two.
  • Metabolic Maintenance: Crab is an excellent source of vitamin B12, and copper, which have been linked to improved maintenance of normal connective tissue, red blood cell formation and energy metabolism.