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Air-Fried Crab Sticks

Air-Fried Crab Sticks Recipe

This recipe indicates the quantity for one packet of Dodo crabsticks (250 grams; 16 crab sticks). To avoid overcrowding the air fryer to ensure even cooking, I cook half a packet (125 grams or 8 crab sticks) at a time. You may cook as many batches as you like. After the first batch, you do not need to preheat the airfryer again.


  • 250 grams (about 16) artificial/imitation crab sticks
  • cooking spray

You also need

  • air fryer
  • tongs


  1. Carefully peel and unroll the crab sticks, then separate to 1 cm width.
  2. Divide peeled crab sticks to two large plates, spray with cooking spray and use tongs to coat evenly.
  3. Preheat air fryer to 160°C (320°F) for 5 minutes. Add in one portion (one plate; 8 crab sticks or 125 grams) of peeled crab sticks in the basket. Cook for 4, 3 followed by 3 minutes. During each interval, pull out the basket and shake the contents for even cooking.
  4. If there are any pale coloured crab sticks at the end of 10 minutes, set them aside on a plate. After cooking all the crab sticks, you can cook this last batch of pale crab sticks for 2 more minutes and they will turn a uniform golden colour.
  5. When cooled, store crispy crab sticks in an air-tight container for up to a week.

Noob Cook Tip

You may also tear the peeled crab sticks to thin shreds, halving the cooking time if doing so.

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26 comments on “Air-Fried Crab Sticks”

  1. I deep fried my crabstick. It is less crispy and soggy. Do you have any reason why it didnt crisp?

  2. Hi, do you know how long can they last? I’m planning to make a big batch and worry I can’t finish them in time.

  3. Can i use oven instead of air fryer?


  5. Hi, May I know how to preheat the air fryer? Sorry I am new to air fryers…
    Thanks – Sherry

  6. What if I bought those Japanese fresh Crab Stick instead of those that come in roll form like bobo? Can I use them?

    • I think as long as the crab stick can be rolled out like shown in the photos, u can use it. Though I personally have not tried it with Japanese crab sticks before.

  7. Hi

    First I preheat air fryer to 160 for 5 minutes. I am new the airfryer.

    I dont undertstand what you meant : – Cook for 4, 3 followed by 3 minutes. the airfryer remain as 160 degree?

    • 4, 3 followed by 3 minutes refers to each interval where you pull out the basket and shake the contents for even cooking.

      yes the temperature remains at 160c throughout.

  8. Have you ever experimented with spicy crispy crab stick? :)

  9. I love using pan spray to help making air-fried foods even crispier. I’ve never thought to make fried crab sticks in my air fryer and I’m going to make these as soon as I grab another pack of crab sticks! Thank you for sharing.

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