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Instant Pot® Crab Cakes

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Not only are crab cakes simply delicious but they are so versatile. They can be made as an appetizer, a dinner, or eaten as a quick snack. You can put a crab cake on a bed of lettuce, sandwich it between bread, or enjoy it plain. Now, you don’t even need a stovetop, oven, or deep fryer to make crab cakes- you can use your Instant Pot! Crab cakes in the Instant Pot is fast, easy, and practically mess-free. The deep sides of the pot prevent oil from splattering and is super easy to throw in the sink and wash afterward!

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Instant Pot® Crab Cakes

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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 6 mins
Servings 4
Calories 494 kcal


  • Instant Pot
  • Measuring Spoon
  • Measuring Cup
  • Large Bowl
  • Large Plate
  • Rubber Spatula


  • 0.5 cup Mayonnaise
  • 1 large Egg
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tsp Hot Sauce
  • 1 Pound Crab Meat
  • 25 crackers, crushed Saltine Crackers
  • 2 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 4 Tbsp Olive Oil


  • In a large bowl, mix the mayonnaise, egg, worcestershire sauce, crab, crushed saltines and lemon juice. Stir well.
  • Form the crab mix into patties, making about 8.
  • Add the olive oil to the Instant Pot and press the “saute” button. When the oil is hot (in about 2 minutes), add the crab cakes to the pot. You should be able to fit about 4. Sear each side for about 3 minutes then flip the crab cakes over and cook the other side for 3 more minutes.
  • Remove the first batch of crab cakes from the pot and cook the remaining cakes in the same oil. Serve while hot!

Such a fast and clean way to make crab cakes! If you are about to start cooking and have any questions before you begin, let us know in the comments below! We are happy to answer.


About Amanda

My name is Amanda and I am a professional pastry chef. I have over 16 years of culinary experience and a bachelors degree in Baking and Pastry Arts. I currently live right outside New York City with my husband and two daughters who are my official taste testers and kitchen helpers. Chocolate chip cookies and ice cream are my weakness and, because I have two young kids, I need coffee every day. I love sharing my cooking passion and hope that you find some culinary inspiration here!

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