How To Reheat Crab Cakes: 5 Best Ways (Updated 2024)

How to reheat crab cakes

Crab cakes can be reheated and will taste just as good as the original. So, wondering how to reheat crab cakes? You can reheat crab cakes in a variety of ways, including the oven, stove, microwave, broiler, or even an air fryer.

Crab Cakes

When it comes to retaining the flavor and texture of crab cakes, each way comes with advantages and disadvantages. Check out the instructions below to properly execute the reheating process.

How To Reheat Crab Cakes


1. Reheat Crab Cakes Using Oven

Reheat Crab Cakes on Oven

One of the most effective methods of reheating crab cakes is in the oven. This way comes highly suggested because the crab will warm up evenly in the oven. Additionally, the dish’s texture and flavor will not alter.

  1. Allow the crab cakes to reach room temperature.
  2. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. Line a baking pan with aluminum foil. This step will keep the crab cakes from sticking to the pan.
  4. Place the crab cakes on the baking pan. Allow space for each cake.
  5. Heat the dish for 10 to 15 minutes in the oven.
  6. Spread a little coating of butter on top of the crab cakes. This will keep them moist while warming and will add some flavor to the dish.
  7. Check if the dish is warm enough.
  8. Once well-heated, remove the crab cakes from the oven.
  9. Serve and enjoy!

2. Reheat Crab Cakes Using Stove

Reheat Crab Cakes on Stove

To get the crispiest crab cakes, reheat them on the stovetop. This method can properly and evenly heat the crab cakes. Plus, it won’t affect the dish’s texture.

  1. Preheat the pan on the stovetop.
  2. Allow the crab cakes to come to room temperature.
  3. Apply a thin coating of butter on top of the crab cakes.
  4. Coat the bottom of the pan with cooking oil, just enough to cover it fully.
  5. Heat the oil until it is sizzling, then add a small amount of water. Be cautious of splashes.
  6. Place the crab cakes on the pan.
  7. Cover the pan with a lid. This step will ensure the steam stays inside.
  8. Once well-heated, remove the crab cakes from the pan.
  9. Serve and enjoy!

3. Reheat Crab Cakes Using Microwave

Reheat Crab Cakes in Microwave

The microwave is another decent option for reheating crab cakes. Microwaving crab cakes is a simple and convenient method that is also fast and effective.

  1. Allow the crab cakes to reach room temperature.
  2. Put the crab cakes in a microwave-safe container. Distribute them evenly and make sure not to overfill the container.
  3. Brush the tops of your crab cakes with butter. The dish should be completely and evenly glazed.
  4. Heat the crab cakes for 1 minute at medium temperature.
  5. Once well-heated, remove the crab cakes from the microwave.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

4. Reheat Crab Cakes Using Air Fryer

How To Reheat Crab Cakes

If you have an air fryer, you can also use it to reheat crab cakes. This kitchen appliance is versatile and a healthy way of cooking food.

  1. Coat both sides of the crab cakes with cooking spray.
  2. Put the crab cakes in the air fryer basket.
  3. Heat the crab cakes in the air fryer for 6 to 8 minutes at 370 degrees Fahrenheit.
  4. Check if the crab cakes are warm and crispy.
  5. Once well-heated, remove the crab cakes from the air fryer.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

5. Reheat Crab Cakes Using Broiler

Reheat Crab Cakes in Broiler

Broiling is also a good option to effectively reheat crab cakes. Besides, it won’t affect the texture of the dish and any excess moisture will dry off. But be careful not to dry out and burn the crab cakes.

  1. Allow the crab cakes to come to room temperature.
  2. Apply a thin coating of salted butter. The butter will melt, producing a brown crust.
  3. Place the baking pan one level down from the top rack. This will prevent the dish from getting burned.
  4. Broil the crab cakes for 5 minutes. Make sure to monitor them closely.
  5. Turn the crab cakes over with tongs. Then, broil again for 5 minutes.
  6. Once well-heated, remove the crab cakes from the broiler.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

How to Store Crab Cakes Properly?

Crab cakes can be refrigerated. Put the crab cakes on a plate and cover it with foil or plastic wrap. Place the dish in an airtight container. Keep them in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Crab cakes can be stored in the freezer for up to 6 months. Remove any excess grease from the crab cakes. Put the crab cakes on a plate and wrap it with wax paper. Store the dish in the freezer for 1 hour, or until firm, to transfer to another container. Label the container with the date of freezing.


Reheating crab cakes can be done using different methods. Choose any from the list above based on the resources you have and your preferences.

Make sure to follow the procedures outlined in this article to achieve warm and delicious crab cakes anytime.


How To Reheat Crab Cakes in Toaster Oven

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Toaster Oven is a suitable appliance when reheating crab cakes in smaller portions to serve 1-2 persons. Its compact size requires less preheating time and offers deliciously reheated moist crab cakes.

Here’s how to reheat crab cakes in toaster oven!

  • Author: Recipe Marker
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 7 minutes
  • Total Time: 12 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Reheat
  • Method: Toaster Oven
  • Cuisine: Meal


  • Crab cakes (room temperature)
  • Foil sheet
  • 1 Tbsp water


  1. Preheat the toaster oven for 5 minutes at 325° F.
  2. Lay the crab cakes on the tray lined with a foil sheet. Keep an inch gap between each cake.
  3. Add water (1 Tbsp) to the tray.
  4. Place the tray in the preheated oven and bake for 7 mins at 350° F.
  5. Check if the crab cakes are heated evenly using a cooking thermometer where the internal temperature reads 165° F.
  6. If not heated thoroughly, continue to bake for 2-5 minutes more at 350° F.

Finally, remove the reheated crab cakes from the oven and serve alongside fresh salad and sauce!


  • Adding 1 Tbsp water saves the crab cakes from drying out. Besides water, topping each cake with little butter before reheating also keeps them moist.
  • As goes for reheating time, room temperature crab cakes need 7 minutes, cold ones need 12 minutes, while frozen ones need 15-17 minutes.

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