Instant Pot Shrimp Boil


A quick and easy recipe, to enjoy the benefits of seafood, meat, and veggies all in one plate.

Shrimp boils have been all the rage in America’s South forever and for good reason. All the ingredients are boiled in a big pot full of flavorful broth and spread out across a large picnic table covered with newspaper.

But this time we make it in a new way!  Using the Instant Pot will cut down the cooking time, reduce mess and still keep the wonderful flavor.

So for sure,  this Instant Pot shrimp boil is gonna be the the easiest shrimp boil you will ever make!

If you like it, you should try this Instant Pot sausage and potatoes, which is also a great alternative for someone who doesn’t like shrimp.

Which potatoes to use?

When choosing potatoes, go with new potatoes or baby potatoes. If cutting potatoes make sure they are the same size so they cook the same.

What sausage to use?

For this Instant Pot Shrimp Boil recipe you can use the desired type of sausage. The best option in my opinion is to use spicy or smoked sausage, like Cajun or Andouille. Bratwurst would work as well.

For this recipe I have used smoked Frankfurter sausages. but feel free

What kind of shrimp to use?

The tail on, large shrimps work the best. It really does not matter if raw or thawed.

Can I use frozen shrimp?

Yes you can. If you are using frozen shrimp, add 1 minutes to the cooking time.

Is Old Bay seasoning a must?

Yes it is. As anything with shrimps requires the Old Bay Seasoning. If you do not have one you can make it yourself following the instructions below.

How to make homemade Old Bay Seasoning

Combine ground bay leaves, celery salt, salt, pepper, nutmeg, red pepper flakes, ginger, cloves, cardamom, allspice, celery seeds, and dried mustard.

A tsp of each will give a nice blend.

How to make Shrimp Boil

Gather  your ingredients:

In the Instant Pot combine potatoes, onion,  and water. Add bay leaves and Old Bay Seasoning.

Lock lid into place. Cook on High pressure for 3 minutes.

Add sausage and corn (Corn on the cob cut into smaller coblets).

Add shrimps and season to taste.

Lock the lid once again. Set to High pressure. Cook for 2 minutes and perform a quick pressure release.

Serve warm.

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Instant Pot Shrimp Boil
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Corn On The Cob, Potatoes, Shrimp Boil, shrimps
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4
  • 1 lb shrimps
  • 0.75 lb smoked sausage chopped
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 4 small potatoes chopped
  • 2 ears corn chopped
  • 1 bay leaves
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 lemon for serving
  • 1 tbsp old bay seasoning
  • Salt to taste
  • Place potatoes and onion into your Instant Pot and add water, bay leaves and old seasoning.
  • Close the lid and cook at high pressure for about 3 minutes.
  • When cooking time ends, do a quick pressure release.
  • Add sausages, corn, shrimps and salt.
  • Cook at high pressure for 2 minutes.
  • When cooking time ends, do a quick pressure release.
  • Open the lid and serve your platter with lemon slices.
Calories: 594kcal Carbohydrates: 53g Protein: 40g Fat: 25g Saturated Fat: 8g Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g Monounsaturated Fat: 11g Trans Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 346mg Sodium: 1628mg Potassium: 1354mg Fiber: 7g Sugar: 6g Vitamin A: 123IU Vitamin C: 66mg Calcium: 223mg Iron: 6mg

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25 thoughts on “Instant Pot Shrimp Boil

    1. I think that for the regular 6-quart Instant Pot, double it would be to much.
      And we don’t want to jeopardize this wonderful dish and get a burn message 🙂

    1. It looks like a slow cooker, but an Instant Pot is an electric pressure cooker, so it is able to cook food much more quickly than a slow cooker. You could use a slow cooker for this recipe, but it would take hours instead of minutes!

  1. I want to know how this tastes. I can do the math. I am so used to it cooking for 2. Do the shrimp get overcooked…what size shrimp?

    1. I use extra jumbo shrimp for this recipe– about 10-16 shrimp per lb. With such large shrimp, it will not get overcooked in just two minutes.

  2. Made this dish for NYE dinner with my boyfriend and we absolutely love it. We will be making it again this week! Can we add scallops to this or any other seafood?

    1. I use raw, thawed shrimp for this recipe. You could also use frozen shrimp, since it will cook quickly straight from frozen. Depending on the size of the shrimp, I would add 1-2 minutes to the cook time if using frozen.

    1. It is served as is– usually I will strain the shrimp, sausage, etc. out of the pot and serve it on a big platter. But the flavorful broth can be served on the side to dip bread into if you wish.

    1. Yes, if it fits in your Instant Pot model then you can double the recipe. You do not need to double the cooking times but maybe 1.5x (5 minutes on the potatoes, and an additional 3 minutes after adding the shrimp, etc. I think that will work.

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