Air Fryer Crab Cake Stuffed Jalapenos
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Air Fryer Crab Cake Stuffed Jalapenos

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These air fryer crab cake stuffed jalapenos combine two of my all time favorite appetizers!

Stuffed jalapenos in my opinion are the ultimate game day snack and I have many variations done in both the smoker and air fryer.

But my tried and true crab cakes are always a hit anytime I serve them with the old Bay aioli dipping sauce.

So I thought in my crazy mind why not combine these two recipe gems into one amazing snack or appetizer!?!?

How to make air fryer crab cake stuffed jalapenos

This recipe does require a little prep work before stuffing the jalapenos and leaving the rest of the work to the air fryer.

But the crab cake filling can easily be made ahead of time if needed.

First we will make the crab cake filling which starts with a skillet over medium heat.

Add some olive oil, diced onions and red peppers, kosher salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes.

Let the peppers and onions cook for a few minutes and then add in some garlic, lemon juice, and old bay seasoning.

Crab cake ingredients

Let the pepper and onion mixture cool before adding in some jumbo lump crab meat, two eggs, and panko bread crumbs.

I used 12 ounces of canned crab meat and made sure to drain the cans very well of any extra liquid.

Mix this together gently with your hands and now we are ready to stuff some jalapenos!

Crab cake mixture before combining

Slice 10 to 12 jalapenos in half lengthwise and use a spoon to scrape out the seeds and white ribs.

I like using kitchen gloves for this task because my skin is super sensitive to jalapeno seeds.

Then just use your hands to stuff each jalapeno half with the crab cake mixture and top each off with even more of that magical old Bay seasoning.

Stuffed crab cakes before putting in the air fryer

Place the jalapenos in the air fryer basket set to 400 degrees for 9 to 11 minutes.

As the jalapenos were doing their thing in the air fryer I made a sauce to go over top.

Simply mix together mayonnaise, lemon juice, garlic, hot sauce, and old Bay seasoning.

Crab cake stuffed jalapenos in the air fryer basket before cooking

Drizzle the old Bay aioli over top of the air fryer crab cake stuffed jalapenos and serve even more on the side for dipping 🙂

Air Fryer Crab Cake Stuffed Jalapenos
Air Fryer Crab Cake Stuffed Jalapenos
Air Fryer Crab Cake Stuffed Jalapenos

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Air Fryer Crab Cake Stuffed Jalapenos

Air Fryer Crab Cake Stuffed Jalapenos have my tried and true crab cake recipe used as a stuffing and cooked to perfection in the air fryer

Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword Air Fryer, Crab, Crab Cakes, Jalapeno, Jalapeno Popper, Old Bay, Stuffed Jalapeno
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 20 jalapenos
Calories 109 kcal
Author Cheri Renee

Ingredients

Crab Cake Stuffed Jalapenos

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 1 onion diced
  • kosher salt, pepper, crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning (plus more to sprinkle over top)
  • 12 oz jumbo lump crab meat (I used canned) drained
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 10 to 12 jalapeno peppers

Old Bay Aioli

  • 1 cup mayo
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons sriracha
  • 1 clove garlic finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning

Instructions

Crab Cake Stuffed Jalapenos

  1. Drizzle olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat and add the peppers and onions. Season with kosher salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes. Cook 6-8 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  2. Add the garlic, lemon juice, and Old Bay. Cook 1 more minute.

  3. Turn off the heat and let the mixture come to room temp. Once at room temp gently fold in the crab meat, panko bread crumbs, and beaten eggs.

  4. Cut the jalapenos in half lengthwise and scrape out the seeds and white ribs with a spoon. Fill each jalapeno half with the crab cake mixture and sprinkle more Old Bay seasoning over top.

  5. Place the stuffed jalapenos in the air fryer basket. Set the air fryer to 400 degrees for 9 to 11 minutes. Serve the stuffed jalapenos with old Bay aioli drizzled over top.

Old Bay Aioli

  1. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and serve with the stuffed jalapenos.

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