Ah, autumn! As soon as the temps drop, we start craving comfort food that’s brimming with long-simmered seafood flavor. It’s time to get reacquainted with our best fall-weather friends: the slow cooker and the Instant Pot! These gadgets do it all, helping you throw together a healthy and delicious seafood meal with very little effort, cook it perfectly and keep it warm until you’re ready to serve. What’s not to love? Whether you’re a fan of old-school, “set it and forget it” Crockpot cooking or its faster-paced cousin, the pressure cooker, you’ll never be sorry when you outsource the kitchen labor to one of these handy countertop appliances.
Slow-cooked and pressure-cooked meals are simple and satisfying. Stir some lump crabmeat into a bubbling Boursin-and-artichoke dip and serve with toasted baguette slices for a tasty treat. Rich, tomatoey shrimp and grits cook beautifully with minimal attention. And if you’re looking for a nearly foolproof seafood cooking method, let your Instant Pot show you what it can do with a zesty shrimp boil, garlicky mussels or savory seafood risotto. (Hint: They’re amazingly good and super low maintenance to cook!)
And these scrumptious seafood dishes aren’t just feel-good comfort food — they’re also good for you. (We love when that happens!) Seafood is an excellent source of lean protein and is packed with nutrients that help boost our immune system, brain function and heart health. That’s even more incentive to fire up the Instant Pot tonight, as if our mouths weren’t watering already!
So go ahead; give these recipes a whirl! Once you start cooking seafood on the countertop, you’ll never want to go back!
Slow-Cooker Crab and Artichoke Dip
This enticing crab dip practically makes itself. Let it simmer unattended while you put on your party shoes — it’s sized to share!
Instant Pot Shrimp and Cheesy-Chive Grits
This lightened-up take on the Southern classic is such a cinch to make at home! And talk about time savings — you can prepare the shrimp and grits at the same time, in the same pot!
Love low country cuisine? Authentic flavors abound in this Cajun-spiced boil that’s packed with shrimp, andouille sausage, corn and potatoes.
Mussels with White Wine and Garlic
Hang up the apron and hand your kitchen keys over to your trusty multicooker. It delivers flawlessly cooked mussels, every time!
This dish has “special occasion” written all over it: seared scallops, tender shrimp, aromatic Arborio rice and out-of-this-world taste. But since the Instant Pot does all the work, you can whip up this no-stir risotto anytime!