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Blue Crabs in an Instant Pot

You don’t need to spend a ton of time and lots of big bulky equipment in order to cook blue crabs. Grab your Instant Pot and get ready for the quickest and easiest way to cook blue crabs.

The best way to get blue crabs is to catch them

Russ setting his pot for crabbing

Guarantee the freshest crabs by catching them yourself! Read our Crabbing on the Gulf Coast post to find out how. But if that is not an option, check your local seafood section at the grocery or order online.

Use live blue crabs

According to Science Focus, blue crabs have a harmful bacteria that multiplies and releases toxins very quickly as soon as the crab dies. Cooking does not always eliminate the toxin so it is recommended to boil or steam live crabs.

The most important thing about cooking blue crab to note is that you cannot cook crabs that are dead; as soon as they die they start to rot and become toxic.

Cameron’s Seafood
Blue Crabs
Blue Crabs

TIP: Placing the crabs on ice for a short time before cooking slows them down and makes them easier to handle.

Prepping the pot for the crabs

For this recipe, we used our 6 qt Instant Pot. Place the trivet on the bottom of the pot and pour in one can of your preferred beer. Then add about a half a cup of vinegar (this helps the meat come out of the shell easier). Cut up an onion and a lemon into large chunks and toss in the pot.

Add the crabs and lots of Old Bay Seasoning

Preferably with tongs, grab the crabs and place them in the pot. As you place each one in the pot, liberally sprinkle Old Bay Seasoning on the crab. For this size Instant Pot, we can easily fit 8 crabs.

Place the cover on your InstantPot and set it on manual pressure for 5 minutes. When it is finished, do a quick release of the pressure.

Properly cooked crabs will have a bright red shell

Remove the cover of your Instant Pot and the crabs are ready for you to enjoy! A properly cooked crab will have its shell turn from the green/blue colors to a bright orange/red hue.

Cooked Blue Crabs

Not sure how to extract all that delicious crab meat? Watch this video with Chef Mark Smolen:

Blue Crabs Gulf Coast

Instant Pot Blue Crabs

The quickest and easiest way to enjoy blue crabs!
Course Appetizer, Dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine seafood
Servings 2 people

Equipment

  • Instant Pot

Ingredients
  

  • 1 can any type of beer
  • 1 onion quartered
  • ½ cup vinegar
  • 1 lemon quartered
  • cup Old Bay Seasoning
  • 8 live blue crabs

Garlic Butter for dipping

  • 1 stick butter melted
  • 6 cloves garlic

Instructions
 

  • Place trivet in Instant Pot and pour beer and vinegar into pot.
  • Cut onion and lemon into quarters and place in pot
  • Place crabs into pot one at a time, covering each crab with a generous amount of Old Bay Seasoning
  • Place cover on Instant Pot and set Manual for 5 minutes
  • Once the cycle is complete, use quick release method to vent steam.
  • After steam has stopped, open cover and remove crabs.

Preparation for garlic butter

  • Place stick of butter and peeled garlic bulbs into sauce pan.
  • Cook on medium-low heat for 7-10 minutes. Keep warm until ready to use with crab meat.
Keyword Easy, Instant Pot

The Miracle Biscuit

A good biscuit recipe is something everyone should have. Buttery, flaky and warm served with a bit of honey or butter is my favorite. Serve it along with your favorite stew on a chilly day and everyone is content. It took four tries, but a winner finally emerged in our friends Stacey and Chris’s search for the best biscuit recipe…with some miraculous results.

Stacey’s husband, Chris has been undergoing cancer treatment and has had a lot of ups and downs over the last year. For Chris’s birthday all he asked from Stacey was a good homemade biscuit. Stacey text me and said “now, I’m 65 and can’t bake and flour somehow turns to drywall material in my hands, but I told him I got it.”

First biscuit attempt

Stacey did what most of us would do and googled “best biscuit recipe” and thought it would be easy. I eagerly waited for her results (as did Chris)….hockey pucks. Her words, not mine! Chris had a good laugh and gave her an “A” for effort but was determined to find a recipe and decided that HE would make them.

best biscuit recipe
Chris working on finding the best biscuit recipe

Second biscuit

With Chris at the helm, the search for the best biscuit was well underway. They found an Aussie YouTuber claiming that with only 3 ingredients you could make a great biscuit! Survey says…. good, but nothing to write home about.

best biscuit recipe
Test kitchen attempts #2 and #3

Third time’s the charm (or biscuit)?

Back to google and another try, Chris still leading the search. Stacey has been banned from handling the flour. Researching tips found online, they bought a new pastry cutter, cut down on the handling/over kneading the dough and decided to try to cook the biscuits in an iron skillet. Result? Seeing improvement but to Chris’s discerning pallet, they weren’t quite there.

“these biscuit tastings are not doing my waistline any good ;-)” – Stacey

Winner, winner, chicken & biscuit dinner

At this point, I have been waiting by my phone for updates like I was waiting for the release of each new Game of Thrones episode each week. Finally, Stacy sent me an update that they took a bit of one recipe and a bit of another (isn’t that how the best ones always come about?) to make “THE best biscuit”. Her exact words were “Tastes so good I wanna slap ma’self” and graciously shared the recipe with me (see below) along with the tip to always make sure to use fresh baking powder and not the one that has been sitting in the cupboard for…well we won’t say how long!

She described the biscuit as somewhat scone-like and dense enough that you could add ham bits and cheese to make it more like a breakfast biscuit. But the best part was yet to come.

The Biscuit Miracle

As I mentioned before, Chris has had a tough time of it lately. He was scheduled for some follow up tests later that week to see if his recent round of treatments have been successful and we were all a bit nervous. The Great Biscuit Bakeoff of 2020 took our minds off it for just a bit and we were grateful. We were even more grateful to find out his scan results all came back stable! We’re convinced it was the biscuits and no one can convince us otherwise…..

The Miracle Biscuit

The Great Biscuit Bakeoff of 2020 is complete and we have a winner!
Course Breakfast, Dinner, Side Dish, Soup

Ingredients
  

  • 1 stick butter cold
  • 2 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp sugar

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees
  • Mix all ingredients together (reserve 1 tbsp of buttermilk for later)
  • Fold 3 times
  • Roll out with a rolling pin to get uniform thickness
  • Cut to desired shape and place on a non-stick cookie sheet
  • Brush top of dough with buttermilk
  • Bake at 450 degrees for 17 minutes
Keyword biscuit
Russ, Chris, Stacey and me (Kerry)