Air-Fried Softshell Crab


Air-fried Soft Shell Crabs with Garlic Lemon Butter

By Danny Boome & Lauren Palmeri

Made in a home Air Fryer


4 soft shell crabs, cleaned

1 cup buttermilk

3 eggs, beaten

2 cups panko breadcrumb

1 lemon, zest

2 tsp seafood seasoning


For Garlic Lemon Butter

1 stick butter

5 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

1 lemon, zest, and juice


Set up dredging station, with separate shallow bowls of buttermilk, beaten eggs, and breadcrumb. Season breadcrumb with the zest of a lemon and seafood seasoning.

Add crab to buttermilk and let soak for 10 minutes. Dip in egg, then coat in the breadcrumb. Place dredged crabs, 2 at a time in air fryer.

Cook at 400ºF for 8-10 minutes, until cooked through and pink. Serve with lemon butter.

In a small saucepan, melt butter. Add garlic and cook until fragrant and butter starts to brown. Add lemon juice and zest and remove from heat. Season with salt.

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