Instant Pot: King Crab legs


Pathetically, the most popular post on my blog-o-pathetic has been the one I wrote back in July about pressure cooking snow crab legs in my Instant Pot pressure cooker. If you like, you can read it >here<.

Since that post was so gosh darn cheesy popular …(over 200+ reads in the past week alone)I’ve decided to post another article related to the same topic…Pressure cooking with the Instant Pot pressure cooker!  

But this time…we’re cooking KING Crab legs, baby!!

King Crab Legs!


As I mentioned in my previous post, living in Nebraska makes it extremely difficult to get fresh sea food.  Typically, everything that is sold as “fresh” . . . isn’t.  

Seafood is shipped in frozen then thawed and labeled “fresh” by the retail outlet that sells it, which, makes all the seafood we buy in these parts frozen/fresh.  So, unfortunately, I had to buy frozen King crab legs from my local meat/seafood store.  

I could thaw them out, but since the Instant Pot is a wonder tool, I’ll be pressure cooking from frozen.

Basically the steps are the same as my previous post with a couple minor changes. 

For the steps in this recipe (and the last one), I’ll be using the instant pot ip-duo60 7-in-1 multi-functional pressure cooker.  Oh…and you might be happy to know that I actually took pictures this time!

Sooo…off we go!!!  

**Please note:  These instructions are for two pounds of king crab legs.  If you’re going to steam a larger quantity, I suggest increasing the amount of steam time accordingly.

1)  Choose which rack you want to use for steaming the King Crab legs.  — My choice is a vegetable steamer basket (left side in picture) that you can get from for $14.99, but you can also use the steamer rack that comes with the Instant Pot (right side in picture).  Either one will work to raise the crab legs above the water.

Steamer rack options

2)  Once you’ve made up your mind…place the steamer rack in the Instant Pot and pour in 1 cup water.  — Remember…we’re not boiling these, we’re steaming, so always use a steamer rack to keep the crab legs above the water level.

Steamer rack placed in instant pot

3)  Next be sure to wash off the King crab legs under cold water. Quite honestly, I have no reason why I do this other than my mom taught me to wash everything that isn’t being fried.  — no joke! 

Washed and ready for cooking!

4)  Bend or break the King crabs legs at the joint, and place in the Instant Pot.  —  I suggest breaking them at the “knuckle” to get them to fit into the 6 quart instant pot.

Broke at knuckle and Placed in Instant Pot

5)  Place lid on pressure cooker and set the steam vent knob to “SEALING”.



6)  Press “steam” button on front display then set the timer for 5 (five) minutes.  — It should default to HIGH pressure…if not, set it to high pressure manually by clicking on the “pressure” button.  Change the timer by using the plus (+) or minus (-) button.     

Steam Button.  High pressure.  5 minutes!

7)  Leave it alone and wait.It’ll take a few minutes for the pressure to build up and once it does, the pressure valve will close.  Just walk away…leave it alone…until it’s finished.

8)  When pressure cooker starts to beep, wait three or four minutes and then flip the steam vent knob to “VENTING”. —  CAUTION!!! :: DO NOT PUT YOUR HAND OR FACE OVER THE VENTING KNOB.  The steam that is released is extremely hot and you will get severely burned!!  — you’ve been warned.

Let sit for 3 min


9)  Wait for steam and pressure to escape and then open lid and enjoy the fruits of your labor!  

Perfectly Steamed King Crab Legs!


Easy peasy!

If you happen to have any questions or comments about this recipe or the steps taken…or if you want to share Instant Pot recipes and ideas, please email me at  I’d love to hear from you.





17 thoughts on “Instant Pot: King Crab legs

    • If you’re talking about the Brown Crab, also known as “Cancer Pagarus”, there’s a big difference. The brown crab is more body and shell where the Alaskan King crab or Snow Crab has really long legs and claws.

      I’m not sure how to prepare a whole Brown Crab in a pressure cooker, but I would think it might be similar to preparing a whole lobster.


  1. LOL! Well done, irtfy. I think your posts are so popular because we just really like you when you’re cooking us something awesome.

    Didn’t you also make a cheesecake once? There’s a cheese cake somewhere chasing me around in my dreams. 🙂

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