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Instant Pot Hot Crab Dip

This hot crab dip is a combination of crab, cheese, mayonnaise, lemon, and spices, all done in the instant pot in less than 10 minutes! This easy make-ahead creamy and delicious appetizer will be a crowd-pleaser.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crab, dip, party food
Servings: 18 servings
Calories: 132kcal
Author: Quynh


  • Instant Pot, 6 quart


  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese (softened)
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 lemon (juice of 1 lemon)
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 pound crabmeat (Jumbo or Lump)
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese


  • In a mixing bowl, stir in cream cheese, mayonnaise, sour cream, old bay seasoning, juice of 1 lemon, dry mustard, Worcestershire sauce, 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese, and lump crabmeat. Mix until well combined.
  • Then, add the mixture into an oven-safe dish (I prefer a round ramekin so it can fit easily into the instant pot). Sprinkle 1/2 cup of the shredded cheddar cheese and 1/2 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese on top.
  • Lightly cover the dish with foil. (The foil is used to prevent condensed water from dripping into the dip. To prevent the cheese from sticking to the foil, you may need to spray the foil with cooking oil.)
  • Place a trivet into the instant pot and fill the pot with 1 cup of water. Then, place the oven-safe bowl with crab dip on top of the trivet.
  • Close the lid to the Instant Pot. Turn the knob to "sealing". Press the "pressure cook" button (newer models) or "manual" button (older models) and set the instant pot to cook on HIGH PRESSURE for 5 minutes. When it is done cooking, QUICK RELEASE the pressure by turning the knob to "venting".
  • Serve with crackers, baguette slices, or tortilla chips.


  • Optional: Once the crab dip is done in the instant pot, you can place it in the oven on broil for 3-5 minutes to get the bubbly melty cheese look. This is just for appearance. 
  • Do Quick Release if you wish to serve the dip right away. Do Natural Release if you wish to keep it warm until it's ready to served.


Calories: 132kcal