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Easy Instant Pot Crab Boil Recipe

Crabs, corn, potatoes, Old Bay seasoning, and beer. It’s a no-fuss dish – just dump all the ingredients in the instant pot and let the crab boil cook.

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Instant Pot Crab Boil Recipe

If you love crab boils, then you’re going to love this easy Instant Pot seafood boil recipe! Crabs, corn, potatoes, Old Bay seasoning, and beer.

It’s perfect for summer gatherings with friends and family.

The best part is that it’s a no-fuss dish – just dump all the ingredients in the pot and let it cook.

One of my favorite seafood dishes is a seafood boil. A seafood boil is a dish that typically includes crab, shrimp, and lobster.

The ingredients are pressure cooked to perfection. The seafood boil is a great dish to make for a party or potluck.

The seafood boil can be made in a pressure cooker or in a pot on the stove.

Instant Pot Crab Boil

If you are using a pressure cooker, the seafood will cook in a short amount of time and the ingredients will soak up a lot of flavors.

If you are using a pot on the stove, the seafood will take longer to cook but it will still be delicious.

This one-pot meal is loaded with perfectly cooked potatoes, corn, and crab, then doused in seasoned butter.

It’s a wonderfully spicy seafood feast that can be made in just 5 minutes!

And cleanup is a breeze thanks to the pressure cooker.

Instant Pot Crab Boil

So whether you’re looking for an easy weeknight meal or a fun seafood dinner party recipe, this Instant Pot crab boil is sure to please!

So gather up your favorite seafood lovers and get ready to feast!

Seafood Boil Ingredients

  • Baby Potatoes
  • Small Onion, diced
  • Corn, cut in half or thirds
  • Old Bay Seasoning
  • Water or Pilsner-style Beer
  • Hot Sauce, optional
  • Crab, or less as needed
Instant Pot Crab Boil

For the Optional Garlic Butter:

  • Butter
  • Cloves Garlic, minced
  • Lemon Juice
  • Chopped Parsley
  • For exact amounts, please see the recipe card below.

How to Do a Crab Boil in an Instant Pot

Place the baby potatoes, diced onion, and corn in your Instant Pot.

Sprinkle on 1 Tablespoon of the Old Bay Seasoning and add the water or beer.

Instant Pot Crab Boil

Secure the lid on your IP and set it to manual for 5 minutes. Quick-release.

Add the crab, remaining Old Bay, and optional hot sauce to the Instant Pot. The crab should sit on top of the vegetables and not be submerged in the liquid.

Instant Pot Crab Boil

Secure the lid on your IP and set it to manual for 5 minutes. Quick-release.

Stir the contents of the Crab Boil and place the lid back on the IP as you prepare the garlic butter. 

Instant Pot Crab Boil

For the optional garlic butter, melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat.

Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute, then remove from heat.

Add the lemon juice and chopped parsley.

You can serve the garlic butter on the side for dipping or drizzle over the plated crab and vegetables.

Makes 8 servings.

Instant Pot Crab Boil
Yield: 8

Instant Pot Seafood Boil Recipe

Instant Pot Crab Boil

Crabs, corn, potatoes, Old Bay seasoning, and beer. It’s a no-fuss dish – just dump all the ingredients in the instant pot and let it cook.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lb Baby Potatoes
  • 1 Small Onion, diced
  • 3 Ears Corn, cut in half or thirds
  • 2 Tablespoons Old Bay Seasoning
  • 16oz Water or Pilsner-style Beer
  • 1 Tablespoon Hot Sauce, optional
  • 4lb Crab, or less as needed

For the Optional Garlic Butter:

  • 1/4 cup Butter
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • 2 Tablespoons Chopped Parsley

Instructions

  1. Place the baby potatoes, diced onion, and corn in your Instant Pot. Instant Pot Crab Boil
  2. Sprinkle on 1 Tablespoon of the Old Bay Seasoning and add the water or beer. Instant Pot Crab Boil
  3. Secure the lid on your IP and set it to manual for 5 minutes. Quick-release. Instant Pot Crab Boil
  4. Add the crab, remaining Old Bay, and optional hot sauce to the Instant Pot. The crab should sit on top of the vegetables and not be submerged in the liquid. Instant Pot Crab Boil
  5. Secure the lid on your IP and set it to manual for 5 minutes. Quick-release. Instant Pot Crab Boil
  6. Stir the contents of the Crab Boil and place the lid back on the IP as you prepare the garlic butter.  Instant Pot Crab Boil
  7. For the optional garlic butter, melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute, then remove from heat. Add the lemon juice and chopped parsley. Instant Pot Crab Boil
  8. You can serve the garlic butter on the side for dipping or drizzle over the plated crab and vegetables. Instant Pot Crab Boil

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 401Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 235mgSodium: 1516mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 45g

Nutrition may vary depending on the products used.

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Instant Pot Crab Boil

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