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The Best Gluten Free Mini Crab Cakes [Air Fryer | Stove top]

  • Author: Nancylynn
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 12 mini crab cakes 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Stove-top | Air Fryer
  • Cuisine: Seafood


I make the BEST gluten free mini crab cakes every holiday season and they really couldn’t be easier!  Loved by gluten and non gluten eating people alike and super easy to prep ahead.  Check out my simple recipe for your stovetop or air fryer and a quick lemon aioli dipping sauce, too! 



For the Crab Cakes

2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil

olive oil spray

2 tsp butter or ghee

1/2 small onion, finely minced

3 garlic cloves, finely minced

1 pound jumbo lump crabmeat

1 cup fresh bread crumbs (Use Gluten-free bread for GF Crab cakes)

1 1/2 tablespoons mayonnaise

1 tsp old bay seasoning

1 large egg white

1/2 lemon, juiced

12 T freshly chopped chives

1/2 tsp salt


lemon wedges, for garnish

For the Lemon Aioli 

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1 clove garlic, minced

1 tablespoon chopped chives

3 tablespoons lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon lemon zest

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


Mix ingredients for Lemon Aioli and place in the refrigerator to chill  

Spray a non stick pan with olive oil spray and cook onion for 4-5 minutes over medium-low heat until the onion gets kind of caramelized, and in garlic and cook for an additional minute. Dump that into a bowl and fold in the crabmeat, bread crumbs, mayonnaise, egg white, lemon juice, 1/2 tsp of salt, old bay, and chives, mixing just until well blended, being careful not to break up the lump crab too much.

Using a melon baller or a tablespoon, shape the mixture into 12 mini crab cakes. Sprinkle with a little more salt and put them on a plate, cover, and stick them in the refrigerator to chill for at least an hour.


Heat butter and olive oil in a non stick pan over medium heat. Add the crab cakes – four to six at a time so you can flip easily – and cook for about 4 minutes each side until nice and crisp. Be careful flipping, as they can fall apart, but they will be delicious even if they do!

Serve with lots of fresh lemon slices and lemon aioli 

Air Fryer

Line your Air Fryer with parchment and place 6 crab cakes at a time in the basket.  Spray with olive oil spray and cook for 10 minutes on 375, flipping halfway and removing the parchment paper.  

Serve with lots of fresh lemon slices and lemon aioli. 



Makes 12 mini crab cakes

21 Day Fix: 1/2 YELLOW, 1 RED, 1 ORANGE (aioli), 2 TSP (per 3 mini crab cakes and 2 Tbsp of aioli)

WW link for personal points: Mini Crabcakes (per 3 mini crab cakes and 2 Tbsp of aioli)

**Nutrition info below is for crabcakes with aioli


  • Serving Size: 3 crab cakes

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