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Instant Pot® Simple Steamed Crab Legs

Rated as 4.91 out of 5 Stars

"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."
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25 m servings 199
Original recipe yields 4 servings


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  1. Place a trivet in the multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot(R)) 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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

Per Serving: 199 calories; 16 1.2 12.7 83 324 Full nutrition

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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...

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 leg...

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 exp...

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!

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....

I added a little bit of crab boil to the water. PERFECT!

An excellent way to make and keep warm crab legs

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. Se...