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Instant Pot Crab Cheesecake


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5 from 6 votes
Cook Time : 40 mins
Total Time : 1 hr
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Last Updated on July 16, 2022 by Corinne Schmitt

If you’re in the mood for something a little different, why not try this Instant Pot Crab Cheesecake? It’s sure to impress your guests! This dish is creamy and decadent, with a delicious seafood flavor.

If you love seafood recipes, then this Instant Pot Crab Cheesecake is definitely for you! It’s a unique and impressive dish that’s perfect for any occasion.

Instant Pot Crab Cheesecake on a round metal plate on a square stone cutting board with crackers on the side, with a piece of cheesecake on a spatula above it, with bowl of sauce, carrots and vegetables on a white plate and an instant pot in the background

Crab Cheesecake

Crab meat is the star ingredient in this cheesecake, so it’s packed with flavor. Not only is crab delicious but it is also full of healthy omega-3 fatty acids.

This cheesecake is also made with cream cheese, sour cream, and buttermilk, so it’s incredibly rich and creamy. The addition of Old Bay Seasoning gives it a beautiful depth of flavor that takes it over the top.

Why I Love This Recipe

If you’re looking for a seafood-inspired cheesecake recipe, look no further than this Instant Pot Crab Cheesecake. It’s packed with flavor, and the crab meat is a star ingredient.

If you love seafood then give this Air Fryer Crab Rangoon recipe a try next time.

Instant Pot Crab Cheesecake sliced on a red round plate with vegetables, sliced lemon and crackers on the side, with a hand holding a piece of celery with some cheesecake on it.

Ingredients

This Crab Cheesecake recipe only requires a few simple ingredients, all of which are easy to find at your local grocery store.

Crust

  • saltine cracker crumbs
  • butter, melted
Crackers and lemon juice in clear glass bowls on a wood table

Crab Cheesecake Filling

  • cream cheese softened
  • buttermilk
  • large eggs
  • minced onion
  • lemon juice
  • lemon zest
  • seafood seasoning (such as Old Bay)
  • crabmeat
Instant Pot Crab Cheesecake ingredients in glass bowls on a wood table

Topping

  • cream cheese softened
  • sour cream
  • crabmeat (optional)
  • seafood sauce
  • lemon zest
Instant Pot Crab Cheesecake toppings ingredients in glass bowls on a wood table

Substitutions

Milk: Out of buttermilk? Regular milk can be used instead.

Crackers: Instead of saltine crackers, you can use Ritz or buttery crackers instead.

Equipment Needed / Helpful Tools

You only need a handful of kitchen tools to help you make this savory pressure cooker recipe.

How to Make Instant Pot Crab Cheesecake

This Instant Pot Crab Cheesecake recipe comes together in just a few simple steps. It’s a decadent and delicious dish that’s perfect for any occasion. Crab meat is the star ingredient, so it’s packed with flavor.

Step 1: Line a springform pan with parchment paper

Cut parchment paper to fit the bottom of a 7-inch springform pan. Spray the paper and sides of the pan with a non-stick cooking spray.

Step 2: Crush the saltine crackers

Crush saltine crackers in the food processor.

Step 3: Add the butter to the saltines

Mix crackers and butter together.

Step 4: Press the crust into the pan

Press cracker mixture into bottom and about 1-inch up the sides of the springform pan.

Cracker crust in a springform pan on a wood table

Step 5: Freeze the crust

Place crust in the freezer while making the filling.

Step 6: Mix together cream cheese and buttermilk

In a large bowl mix cream cheese and buttermilk until smooth.

cream cheese and buttermilk being mixed in a clear bowl on a wood table

Step 7: Add the eggs one at a time

Add eggs, one at a time, mixing thoroughly after each one.

cream cheese, buttermilk, eggs being mixed in a clear bowl on a wood table

Step 8: Add the lemon juice, lemon zest and seasonings

Add lemon juice, lemon zest, minced onion and seafood seasoning and mix until combined.

cream cheese, buttermilk, eggs, lemon juice, lemon zest and seasonings being mixed in a clear bowl

Step 9: Fold in the crab

Fold in crabmeat and pour mixture into the crust.

Crab Cheesecake mixture in a springform pan on a wood table

Step 10: Seal the pan with foil

Cover pan with foil, sealing the edges.

Crab Cheesecake mixture in a springform pan sealed with a foil with an instant pot in the background

Step 11: Add water to the pressure cooker

Add 1½ cup water to the bottom of the Instant Pot.

Step 12: Place the springform pan in the Instant Pot

Set cheesecake on the trivet and lower into the Instant Pot.

Step 13: Pressure cook cheesecake

Seal Instant Pot and set to high pressure and time to 40 minutes.

Step 14: Naturally Release the steam

Allow steam to release naturally after time is up.

Step 15: Allow the cheesecake to cool

Remove foil and allow to cool.

Instant Pot Crab Cheesecake on a metal plate on a wood table with an instant pot in the background

Step 16: Mix the topping ingredients

Mix together all ingredients except crab meat.

crab cheesecake topping mixture in a glass bowl

Step 17: Add the crabmeat

Fold in crab meat if desired.

Step 18: Spread on top of cooled cheesecake

Spread on top of cooled cheesecake.

Instant Pot Crab Cheesecake with topping

Step 19: Chill for several hours

Chill for several hours before serving.

Step 20: Serve

Serve with crackers and cut vegetables. Serve with extra seafood sauce if desired.

Instant Pot Crab Cheesecake on a square stone plate topped with lemon and parsley, with  celery, carrots, asparagus, lemon and crackers on the side.

Variations / Options / Add-Ins

You can easily make this Instant Pot Crab Cheesecake recipe your own by adding in some of your favorite ingredients. Here are a few suggestions.

Color: Try adding some chopped green onions or diced red pepper for a little bit of color and flavor.

Spice: If you want a little bit of heat, you could also add some cayenne pepper to the filling mixture.

Bacon: Crumbled bacon is always a good idea. Try topping your Instant Pot Crab Cheesecake with some crispy bacon bits.

Toppings/Serving Suggestions

This Instant Pot Crab Cheesecake is delicious on its own. But, if you want to dress it up a bit, here are a few ideas.

  • Serve with crackers and fresh vegetables for dipping.
  • Try serving it with some grilled shrimp or scallops on top.
  • Garnish with fresh herbs like parsley, chives or thyme.
  • A dollop of sour cream would also be delicious.
Instant Pot Crab Cheesecake sliced on a red  plate with vegetables, sliced lemon and crackers on the side.

Tips

Here are a few tips and tricks to help you make the perfect Instant Pot Crab Cheesecake.

  • If you don’t have a food processor you can crush the crackers in a storage bag by placing them inside and rolling over them with a rolling pin.
  • If you don’t have a springform pan, you can use a regular cake pan. Just line it with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray before adding the crust.
  • If you want an extra lemony flavor, add the zest of one additional lemon to the filling.
  • If you don’t have buttermilk, you can make your own by adding 1 tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice to 1 cup of milk. Let it sit for 5 minutes before using.
  • You can use any type of crab meat you like in this recipe. If you want a more budget-friendly option, you could use canned crabmeat. Just make sure to drain it well before adding it to the filling.
  • If you want a really creamy cheesecake, you could use 1 cup of heavy cream in place of the buttermilk.

FAQs

Do you have questions about Instant Pot Crab Cheesecake? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions about this recipe.

How to store

Store crab cheesecake in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

How to freeze

Freeze crab cheesecake for up to 2 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before serving.

Should I serve this warm or cold?

This dish can be served cold or warm. If serving warm, reheat in the oven at 350 degrees until heated through.

Instant Pot Crab Cheesecake sliced on a red plate with vegetables, sliced lemon and crackers on the side.

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Instant Pot Crab Cheesecake Recipe

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Instant Pot Crab Cheesecake

Corinne Schmitt
This Instant Pot Crab Cheesecake is creamy and decadent, with a delicious seafood flavor.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 10 Servings
Calories 267 kcal

Equipment

  • parchment paper
  • Springform pan
  • Food Processor
  • Mixing Bowls
  • Aluminum foil
  • Instant Pot

Ingredients
  

Crust

  • 1 ½ cups saltine cracker crumbs
  • ¼ cup butter melted

Crab Cheesecake Filling

  • 16 ounces cream cheese softened
  • ¼ cup buttermilk
  • 3 large eggs
  • ½ tablespoon minced onion
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • zest from 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon seafood seasoning such as Old Bay
  • 2 cups canned crabmeat

Topping

  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup crabmeat optional
  • 2 tablespoons seafood sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest

Instructions
 

Crust

  • Cut parchment paper to fit the bottom of a 7-inch springform pan. Spray the paper and sides of pan with a non-stick cooking spray.
  • Crush saltine crackers in food processor.
  • Mix crackers and butter together.
  • Press cracker mixture into bottom and about 1-inch up the sides of the springform pan.
  • Place crust in the freezer while making filling.

Crab Cheesecake Filling

  • In a large bowl. mix cream cheese and buttermilk until smooth.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, mixing thoroughly after each one.
  • Add lemon juice, lemon zest, minced onion and seafood seasoning and mix until combined.
  • Fold in crabmeat and pour mixture into the crust.
  • Cover pan with foil, sealing the edges.
  • Add 1½ cups water to the bottom of the Instant Pot.
  • Set cheesecake on the trivet and lower into the Instant Pot.
  • Seal Instant Pot and set to high pressure and time to 40 minutes.
  • Allow steam to release naturally after time is up.
  • Remove foil and allow to cool.

Topping

  • Mix together all ingredients except crab meat.
  • Fold in crabmeat if desired.
  • Spread on top of cooled cheesecake.
  • Chill for several hours before serving.
  • Serve with crackers and cut vegetables. Serve with extra seafood sauce if desired.

Nutrition

Serving: 1ServingCalories: 267kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 11gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 13gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 148mgSodium: 431mgPotassium: 187mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 886IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 98mgIron: 1mg
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Instant Pot Crab Cheesecake on a round metal plate on a square stone cutting board with crackers on the side, with a piece of cheesecake on a spatula above it, with bowl of sauce, carrots and vegetables on a white plate and an instant pot in the background with text reading made in the instant pot crab cheesecake

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