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Instant Pot Shrimp

Instant Pot Shrimp is so easy and the shrimp turn out plump and flavorful. You can even pop frozen shrimp in the Instant Pot right out of the freezer! Serve it with dipping sauce as an appetizer or with noodles or rice as a main dish.

High angle shot of cooked shrimp in a bowl. There is an Instant Pot in the background.

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You won’t believe how simple and quick it is to cook frozen shrimp int the Instant Pot. And you’ll be even more amazed at how tender and tasty they turn out!

If you’ve got a package of frozen shrimp in your freezer, you are literally 5 minutes away from a delicious meal.

Shrimp cooks super fast no matter what cooking method you use. That means that in the Instant Pot, it literally only takes 1 minute of cooking time. If you start with boiling water in the pot, you’ll cut the time down even more because the pot will come to pressure quicker.

Serve this shrimp with your favorite cocktail sauce for dipping. Or serve it tossed with noodles or over rice along with your favorite sauce. Add some raw or cooked vegetables and dinner is sorted!

overhead shot of the ingredients needed to make Instant Pot shrimp.

Ingredients you need

For the complete list of ingredients with quantities and detailed prep and cooking instructions, please see the recipe card that appears at the end of this post.

The ingredients for this quick Instant Pot Shrimp are so simple. Here’s what you need:

  • Shrimp: Use frozen, raw shrimp. Make sure to buy your shrimp peeled and deveined. That way you don’t have to thaw, peel, and devein it before cooking.
  • Olive oil: Use any good olive oil. You could also substitute butter if you like.
  • Garlic: Use fresh, minced garlic for flavor.
  • Paprika: Just a little adds nice color and brightens the flavor, but you can leave it out if you don’t have it.
  • Water: Use boiling water in the bottom of the pot. If the water starts out boiling, the pot will come to pressure much faster than if you start with cold water.

How to make it

For the complete list of ingredients with quantities and detailed prep and cooking instructions, please see the recipe card that appears at the end of this post.

It’s so simple to cook frozen shrimp in the Instant Pot. Here’s how:

  1. Place the shrimp and all of the other ingredients in the Instant Pot.
  2. Set the pot to cook for 1 minute on high pressure.
  3. When the cooking time is up, quick release the pressure and drain off any excess liquid.
  4. Serve immediately or chill in the refrigerator and serve cold.
Low angle shot of a bowl of cooked shrimp with the Instant Pot in the background.

How to serve it

You can serve this shrimp right out of the pot with a flavorful dipping sauce. Or you can chill it and serve it with a horseradish-y cocktail sauce.

I love to use Instant Pot Shrimp in other dishes. Add it to Pork Fried Rice, Pad Woon Sen, Thai Fried Rice, Singapore Noodles, Pad Thai, Peanut Sauce Noodles, or Burmese Garlic Noodles. You can even use it in Shrimp Yakisoba or use it as a filling for Onigiri or Yaki Onigiri.

Yield: Serves 8

Instant Pot Shrimp

High angle shot of a bowl of Instant Pot shrimp.

You won’t believe how simple and quick it is to cook frozen shrimp in the Instant Pot. And you’ll be even more amazed at how tender and tasty they turn out!

Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds frozen raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 1 cup boiling water

Instructions

  1. Place the shrimp, olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper,
    paprika, and water in the Instant Pot.
  2. Set the pot to cook for 1 minute on high pressure.
  3. When the cooking time is up, quick release the
    pressure and drain off Drain off any excess liquid.
  4. Serve immediately or let cool for several
    minutes and then chill in the refrigerator and serve cold.

Nutrition Information

Yield

8

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 113Total Fat 5gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 143mgSodium 801mgCarbohydrates 2gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 16g

Nutrient values are estimates only. Variations may occur due to product availability and manner of food preparation. Nutrition may vary based on methods of preparation, origin, freshness of ingredients, and other factors.

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By on November 17th, 2022

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