Rating: 4.87 stars
15 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 13
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0

There is no need to go to a high-end restaurant for crab legs when you can easily do them at home in your Instant Pot®. From the freezer to the table in 20 minutes. Save your money. It honestly doesn't get any easier than this.

Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
cook:
15 mins
additional:
5 mins
total:
25 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Place a trivet in the multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot®) and add water. Place crab legs on top of the trivet; you may need to let them thaw for a few minutes so they will fit.

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  • Close and lock the lid. Select high pressure according to manufacturer's instructions; set timer for 3 minutes. Allow 10 minutes for pressure to build.

  • Release pressure carefully using the quick-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, about 5 minutes. Unlock and remove the lid. Using tongs, transfer crab legs to a serving dish. Squeeze lemon juice on top and serve with melted butter.

Nutrition Facts

199 calories; protein 12.7g; carbohydrates 1.2g; fat 16g; cholesterol 83.4mg; sodium 324.3mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (10)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
12/14/2018
I made it with snow crabs. I followed the recipe but added a generous sprinkling of Old Bay seasoning. They were wonderful! It should be noted that this recipe is probably for a 6 qt Instant Pot. I used 2 cups of water with my 8 qt Instant Pot Read More
(10)
15 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 13
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
12/14/2018
I made it with snow crabs. I followed the recipe but added a generous sprinkling of Old Bay seasoning. They were wonderful! It should be noted that this recipe is probably for a 6 qt Instant Pot. I used 2 cups of water with my 8 qt Instant Pot Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
01/01/2020
Excellent recipe - simple to follow. I used frozen snow crab legs and cooked at high pressure for 5 minutes with quick release in a 6 quart pot and they were perfect. The weight of the crab legs I used was 1.6 pounds (not 2 pounds as the recipe recommends)...and that didn’t make any difference. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/16/2019
King Crab is extremely expensive here so I went with Russian Red, 7 ounces = $10.00, King Crab is four times the price. Normally I wouldn't use a recipe with only one review for something so expensive but I trust this submitter's recipes and I wasn't disappointed! Other than using less crab I followed the recipe to the T. Honestly, this tasted like it just came off of the boat! I'm so happy that I found this recipe and it will be my go to going forward. I served this with a simple Caesar salad and Spaetzle. I forgot to mention that I used a cleaver to cut these into pieces that would fit into my 6 quart Instant Pot, start to finish, 14 minutes. Thanks Nicole, I throughly enjoyed this! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/05/2020
I added a little bit of crab boil to the water. PERFECT! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/06/2020
Turned out perfect!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/07/2020
Super easy to make, for extra flavor a sprinkled a generous portion of Old Bay on the Crab Legs before starting the steam and they came out amazing.... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/04/2020
Great, easy recipe! Will def use it again. We did what a few other reviews suggested and added a little seasoning on them while they cooked. Family all enjoyed it, plus easy clean up! Thanks! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
09/14/2020
Super easy to make and the guys loved them! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/12/2019
First time making crab legs in the Instapot. Took the 1-1/2 cups of water and added broth cubes. Salted and added garlic powder. Layed 4 portions in the pot, sprinkled with Old Bay seasoning. Sealed and set to PC for 5 min. Quick released and removed. Super delicious! We wanted more! Read More