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Air Fryer Crab Legs

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How to Make Perfect Air Fryer Crab Legs

If you're a seafood lover, you're in for a treat! Air Fryer Crab Legs are not only incredibly delicious but also incredibly easy to make. All you need are some crab legs and a touch of Old Bay Seasoning, and you'll be enjoying a mouthwatering seafood delight in no time.

In this guide, we'll walk you through the steps to create the perfect Air Fryer Crab Legs that are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.

Why Choose the Air Fryer?

Before we dive into the details of making Air Fryer Crab Legs, you might wonder why you should choose the air fryer for this task. Well, if you're an air fryer enthusiast like us, you'll know that this kitchen appliance can work wonders. It's not just for fries and chicken wings; it can elevate your seafood game too.

We love using our Cosori 5.8 QT air fryer for various dishes, and crab legs are no exception. The air fryer not only cooks them quickly but also adds a unique crispiness to the shells, making them easier to crack open. Plus, the flavor of Old Bay Seasoning infuses into the meat, creating a taste sensation you won't forget.

How to Make Air Fryer Crab Legs

Now, let's get into the nitty-gritty of preparing your perfect Air Fryer Crab Legs:


  • 1 pound of snow crab legs

  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon of Old Bay Seasoning


  1. Start by lightly rinsing the crab legs to ensure they are clean and free from any sand or residue.

  2. Once rinsed, lightly coat the crab legs with olive oil. This step helps the Old Bay Seasoning adhere to the shells and infuse flavor into the meat.

  3. Sprinkle the crab legs generously with Old Bay Seasoning. Don't be shy; the seasoning will work its magic while the legs are in the air fryer.

  4. Place the seasoned crab legs into the air fryer basket.

  5. Set your air fryer to 370 degrees Fahrenheit and cook the crab legs for about 5-7 minutes. The exact cooking time may vary depending on the thickness of the legs. If you're using snow crab clusters like us, five minutes should do the trick.

  6. Keep an eye on them as they cook, and when the shells are hot to the touch, your crab legs are ready to be enjoyed.


Can You Overcook Crab Legs?

Yes, you can overcook crab legs. Since they are already cooked when you buy them, you only need to heat them until they are hot to the touch. Overcooking can make the meat dry or chewy, so be mindful of the cooking time.

Do I Need to Wash Crab Legs Before Eating Them?

Yes, it's a good idea to rinse crab legs and give them a light scrub under water to ensure they are clean from any leftover sand or store packaging.

With these simple steps, you can enjoy restaurant-quality crab legs right in the comfort of your own home, thanks to your trusty air fryer.

Air Fryer Crab Legs are a quick and easy way to satisfy your seafood cravings. With just a few ingredients and the magic of your air fryer, you can enjoy a delicious meal in minutes. Say goodbye to the hassle of boiling water and waiting for steaming pots; your crab legs will be ready to savor in no time.

So, why wait? Grab some crab legs, fire up your air fryer, and treat yourself to a seafood feast that's as convenient as it is scrumptious. Your taste buds will thank you!

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