Crab Fries Air Fryer Recipe: A Unique Delight

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Did you know that crab fries are delicious? First, take crispy French fries and toss them in seafood seasoning called Old Bay. Then, pour warm cheese sauce over or serve it on the side for dipping.

For an extra fancy touch, a crab meat topping takes this dish to a whole other level. Saucy, crunchy, salty, and tangy, all at the same time—here’s the recipe for you!

Crab Fries: The Origin Story

In 1977, a genius named Pete Ciarrocchi, who owns Chickie’s and Pete’s came up with the idea of crab fries. Why? Well, they had a bunch of leftover crab seasoning and started experimenting by sprinkling crabby magic on his fries and serving them with cheese sauce on the side.

It was a hit! The fries became so popular that they became the signature dish of the restaurant. Now, you can even make them at home.

Making Crab Fries in the Air Fryer

Get ready to savor the deliciousness of homemade crab fries with this easy-peasy recipe by fry aficionado Amna Muqeem, using the magic of the air fryer! The crab topping is like the cherry on top, making them even more tempting.

For the Fries:

  • 2 medium russet potatoes, cut into ½”-thick sticks
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 Tbs. cornstarch
  • 1 tsp. Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
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For the Crab Topping:

  • 1 (8 oz.) tub lump crab meat, shell pieces removed and drained
  • 2 Tbs. melted salted or unsalted butter, still warm
  • 1 Tbs. chopped parsley (for garnish)
  • Small pinch of salt and pepper

For The Cheese Sauce:

  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ tsp. mustard powder
  • 2 Tbs. butter
  • 1 Tbs. all-purpose flour
  • Salt and pepper to taste
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Step-By-Step Directions

Preheat your air fryer to 400°F.

For The Fries:

  • Ensure the fries are dry.
  • Toss them in oil, salt, pepper, paprika, cornstarch, and Old Bay.
  • Arrange in a single layer in the air fryer basket.
  • Cook for about 15 minutes or until golden brown, flipping halfway.
  • Remove and cool.

For Crab Topping:

  • Mix crab meat with butter.
  • Add salt and pepper; set aside.

For The Cheese Sauce:

  • Melt some butter in a saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add the flour, and whisk to create a roux. Cook roux for 1 minute, then gradually whisk in milk to prevent lumps.
  • Add salt, pepper, and mustard powder. Simmer until thickened (3 to 5 minutes).
  • Reduce heat, add cheddar cheese, and cook until melted.

To Serve: Place fries on individual plates, add crab topping, and drizzle over cheese sauce or serve on the side. Garnish with parsley and enjoy!