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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


  • Instant Pot


  • 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


  • 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