Instant Pot Seafood Boil Tutorial

Seafood boil season is back! It's as fun as it is delicious to share a meal, eat with your hands, and enjoy it all on the patio on a warm summer night. And can you get any easier than this version? With just five minutes of prep and 5 minutes of pressure cooking, you don't even need to start cooking until your guests arrive.

Instant Pot Seafood Boil
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Things You'll Need

  • 3 tablespoons butter

  • 1 cup chopped white onions

  • 4-6 small red potatoes, quartered

  • 2 cobs of corn, shucked and cut into 3-inch chunks

  • 1 lb andouille sausage, cut into 1 inch rings

  • 1 lb live Manila clams

  • 1 whole crab, cleaned

  • 1 lb frozen shrimp

  • 1 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning

  • 1 tablespoon Creole Seasoning (such as Tony Chachere's)

Instant Pot Seafood Boil
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Step 1: Sauté

Add the butter to your Instant Pot and turn to the 'Sauté' mode. Add the onions and sauté until starting to brown.

Instant Pot Seafood Boil
(Image: Jackie Dodd)
Instant Pot Seafood Boil
(Image: Jackie Dodd)

Step 2: Add Potatoes and Corn

Add the potatoes and corn in an even layer.

Instant Pot Seafood Boil
(Image: Jackie Dodd)

Step 3: Add Seafood

Add the crab, clams and frozen shrimp on top of the potatoes.

Instant Pot Seafood Boil
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Tip

Frozen shrimp will take longer to cook than fresh, ensuring that you don't overcook them in the pot!

Step 4: Add Spices

Sprinkle the pot with the spices.

Instant Pot Seafood Boil
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Step 5: Add Water

Add the water to the pot.

Instant Pot Seafood Boil
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Step 6: Pressure Cook

Add the lid tightly onto the pot. Set the Instant Pot to 5 minutes. Allow to cook, then allow the pressure to release slowly.

Instant Pot Seafood Boil
(Image: Jackie Dodd)

Step 7: Serve & Enjoy

Drain, then add the seafood boil to a serving platter or a table covered with newspaper. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Instant Pot Seafood Boil
(Image: Jackie Dodd)
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