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The Instant Pot™ is a resourceful ‘one stop shop’ countertop cooking appliance. Whether you’re sautéing, steaming, pressure cooking or slow cooking, the Instant Pot has all the features you need while saving you valuable time. We love using the Instant Pot for seafood. There are so many creative dishes and handy how-to’s out there for successful dinner making. We’ve boiled (steamed and sautéed too) it down to a handful of our tried and true favorites

The Basics

The fastest and easiest way to prepare seafood is by using the Pressure Cook setting for fast steaming. Pour a minimum of 1 cup of liquid into the bottom of the pot (this can be anything from water, broth or beer), insert the Instant Pot steamer basket and fill with your crabs, lobster, mussels, clams or shrimp. If you are planning on serving an assortment of seafood, be sure to cook each separately, as the cooking times will vary for each. Before you seal up your pot make sure to season your seafood, we suggest lemon and seafood seasoning like Old Bay. Also, double check that the pressure valve is pointing to ‘sealing’.

Instant Pot lists the following cooking times for your seafood. Once the programmed cooking time has finished make sure to release the pressure valve ASAP (from sealing to venting), prolonged exposure to the high heat pressure may overcook your seafood.

Pressure Cooking Timetable for Seafood and Fish

Seafood and Fish

Fresh, Cooking Time (in Minutes)

Frozen, Cooking Time (in Minutes)


3 – 4

5 – 6

Fish, whole (trout, snapper, etc.)

5 – 6

7 – 10

Fish fillet,

2 – 3

3 – 4

Fish steak

3 – 4

4 – 6


3 – 4

4 – 6


2 – 3

4 – 5

Seafood soup or stock

6 – 7

7 – 9

Shrimp or Prawn

1 – 2

2 – 3


Getting Creative

Here are three of our all time favorite Instant Pot seafood recipes using Cameron’s delicious shrimp, mussels and lobster.

Low Country Boil

A low country boil is a social tradition in the deep south where seafood is steamed in a large pot with sausages, corn on the cob and potatoes. After everything is cooked, the boil is dumped onto a large (usually covered in newspaper) table where friends and family pick and eat. This Low Country Boil recipe from uses tasty shrimp as the seafood star. We recommend our Fresh Shrimp for this recipe. These top quality Jumbo Gulf Shrimp will give this recipe the respect it deserves.


Mussels with Red Pepper Garlic Sauce

This recipe for Mussels with Red Pepper Garlic Sauce from is as easy as it is flavorful. Our Mussels cook up perfectly in this recipe, simmered and steamed in a garlicky white wine broth that has been finished with heavy cream and pureed roasted red peppers- delicious. Make sure to grab some good french bread to sop up all the tasty bits and broth.


Lobster Fondue Mac

The best of both worlds, our meaty Lobster Tails and homemade macaroni and cheese. This ooey gooey Lobster Fondue Mac recipe from uses savory Gruyere and Emmental cheese melted with garlic and white wine before being studded with lobster meat and sprinkled with a bacon breadcrumb topping.


Buy Seafood Online

You can buy all of the ingredients for the pressure cooker seafood recipes listed in this article (and much more) from our online store. All of our orders arrive lickity split, no matter where you are in the country, so you know that it is always fresh and handled with care. Cameron’s Seafood makes great gifts for any seafood lover on your list. Know of someone who is getting an Instant Pot™ for the holidays, give them the gift of delicious seafood too! Check out our online gifts page for more information.

Are you an avid Instant Potter? Share your Instant Pot™ Cameron’s Seafood creations with us on any of our social media sites Instagram, Facebook or Twitter . We’d love to see what you come up with!

By: Patterson Watkins

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