Air-Fryer Crab au Gratin Spread

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Cook: 10 min.


about 2 cups

Updated: Jun. 27, 2023
I love to serve this warm, comforting appetizer any time we have a get-together with family or friends. It's easy to whip up with convenient canned crab. —Suzanne Zick, Maiden, North Carolina
Air-Fryer Crab au Gratin Spread Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon butter, divided
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half cream
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup white wine or chicken broth
  • 1 can (6 ounces) crabmeat, drained, flaked and cartilage removed or 2/3 cup chopped imitation crabmeat
  • 1 can (4 ounces) mushroom stems and pieces, drained and chopped
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced chives
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon dry bread crumbs
  • Assorted crackers and fresh vegetables


  1. In a large saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons butter. Stir in flour, salt and paprika until smooth. Gradually add cream, milk and wine. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until thickened, 1-2 minutes. Stir in crab, mushrooms and chives; heat through. Stir in cheese just until melted. Transfer to a greased shallow 1-qt. baking dish that fits in air fryer.
  2. Preheat air fryer to 375°. Melt remaining 1 teaspoon butter; toss with bread crumbs. Sprinkle over crab mixture. Place dish in air fryer. Cook until bubbly, 8-10 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes. Serve with crackers and vegetables. If desired, sprinkle with additional minced chives.
Air Fryer Cook Times
In our testing, we find cook times vary dramatically between brands of air fryers. As a result, we give wider than normal ranges on suggested cook times. Begin checking at the first time listed and adjust as needed.

Nutrition Facts

2 tablespoons: 64 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 201mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 4g protein.

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