Indulge A Little: Instant Pot Crab Mac ‘N Cheese

Indulge A Little: Instant Pot Crab Mac ‘N Cheese

Hey, Seafoodies! Have you had a
chance to check out our new e-cookbook: “Everyday Seafood Recipes: 53 Quick and Easy Dishes” Included is a brand-new recipe for Instant Pot Crab Mac ‘N
Cheese. This 3-cheese mac is pescatarian-friendly, made with whole-grain pasta,
flavored with Old Bay and loaded with crabmeat. Plus, it comes together effortlessly
in the Instant Pot! Yes, this recipe is a little more indulgent, but mac
‘n cheese has kept its place as a time-honored family favorite for good reason.
It’s cravable, and we think this recipe is a great way to introduce crab to
your little seafoodies.  

Crab meat is rich in important
nutrients, like phosphorus and omega-3 fatty acids—both of which help promote strong
bones and healthy cholesterol levels and reduce inflammation.

We hope you enjoy every savory,
cheesy bite.

Instant Pot Crab Mac ’n’ Cheese

Makes 6-8 servings


  • 2 teaspoons
    olive oil
  • ½ cup
    medium onion, chopped
  • 1-pound
    whole-grain pasta (Elbows or Cavatappi)
  • 4 cups
  • 2-3
    tablespoons butter
  • ½
    teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½
    teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½
    teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3-4
    teaspoons Old Bay seasoning
  • 2 cups
    cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup
    fresh mozzarella
  • ½ cup
  • ¼ cup
    milk (suggest using 2% milk)
  • ½ pound
    lump crabmeat, drained
  • 1
    teaspoon hot sauce (optional)
  • Toasted panko (optional)


  1. Add olive oil and onion to Instant Pot
    and turn pot to sauté setting. Stir and cook until the onion is tender, about 3
  • Turn off sauté function. Add pasta and
    next 6 ingredients on list (from water through Old Bay seasoning) to Instant
    Pot. Place lid on Instant Pot and switch steam release handle position on lid
    from venting to sealing; select manual function on pot and cook contents on
    high for 5 minutes.
  • While pasta is cooking, shred all the
    cheeses using a grater or food processor. (Can use pre-shredded cheeses, but
    they will not melt as smoothly because they contain an anti-caking agent.)
  • When pasta has finished cooking, release
    pressure in Instant Pot using quick pressure release switch (turn to venting
    position). Add milk to pot and stir it in with the pasta. Then slowly fold in
    the cheeses up to 1 cup at a time, making sure the pasta mixture remains creamy
    between each addition.
  • Add crabmeat to pot, replace lid on pot
    and allow mac ’n’ cheese to warm up for 2-3 minutes; then stir. Top with hot
    sauce and toasted panko, if desired.

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