Crab meat Cakes with Sweet Corn

Crab cakes are seasonal, and usually eaten during warm weather months. They are very popular in the United States where they are made with mayonnaise. You already know that we like to personalise our recipes and do our own ‘thing’ with them. ???? 

crab meat cakes with sweet corn
Shallow fried crab meat cakes

Our recipe doesn’t contain mayonnaise like most of the classic ones, but a mixture of soaked white toasted bread that adds moisture to the preparation which ensures your crab cakes will never dry. The sweet corn adds extra flavour and texture.

Because many of us are now more aware of healthier food preparations, we chose to air fry one batch and deep fry the other. Both cooking processes delivered crispy crab cakes, but the air fried ones were not as coloured and slightly drier.

air fried crab meat cakes
Airfried crab meat cakes

You still don’t need to worry as a dipping sauce will add moisture and flavour. Serve them as an appetizer or add a mixed salad on the side to make it into a healthy lunch. We used a skordalia dip with ours but a lemon dressing or herb mayonnaise pair very well too.

Related: Best air fryers for healthier eating

crab meat cakes

Crab Cakes with Sweet Corn

Crab cakes are seasonal, and usually eaten during warm weather months.
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Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Appetisers & Starters, Fish & Seafood
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 118 kcal

EQUIPMENT (click pictures for details)



  • Remove the crusts from the fresh bread, cut in small pieces and soak in the milk.
    soaking bread
  • Remove all shells and cartilage from the crab. Dice half of the crab meat and keep aside.
    all chopped and diced ingredients
  • Place the other half of the crab meat into the food processor with the soaked toast bread and whole egg and blend to a smooth paste.
    crab mixture with other ingredients to bind and make crab meat cake

Prepare the crab cake mixture

  • In a mixing bowl, combine the crab paste with the diced crab meat, sweet corn, red chili, spring onions and season to taste with salt, pepper and Sriracha sauce.
    mixing all ingredients for crab meat cake
  • If the mixture is sticky and/or too wet, then add some panko breadcrumbs to absorb the moisture. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Divide the mixture into twelve portions, shape the crab patties and coat the patties with the panko.
    coating patties in panko

Cook the crab cakes

  • option 1: Bake the crab cakes in the air fryer oven at 220°C for 15 minutes.
    airfried crab cakes
  • Option 2: Shallow fry the crab cakes in a pan for 2-3 minutes until golden brown.
    shallow frying crab cakes


  • Panko can be replaced with oatmeal or crushed corn tortillas for a gluten free version.

Nutrition for 1 portion

Calories: 118kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 13gFat: 2gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 553mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 120IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 59mgIron: 1mg
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