Instant Pot Shrimp Boil [VIDEO]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 10 reviews

Fish and Seafood Instant Pot Recipes Recipes

Cook time Cook time: 2 minutes

Instant Pot Shrimp Boil takes just a few minutes of prep work and only two minutes to cook. You can have a delicious homemade meal in just under 30 minutes.

Easy shrimp recipes are traditional in our house, as they make the quickest and most delicious dinners. I also love Bacon Wrapped Shrimp, and PF Chang’s Crispy Honey Shrimp Copycat, because they all take less than 30 minutes to make and are very tasty!

Easy Pressure Cooker Shrimp Boil

Instant Pot Shrimp Boil is one of my favorite meals to make during summer. I love the combination of seafood, juicy sausage, and sweet corn, and the flavors they produce. This homemade shrimp boil will make your life so much easier and way tastier.

This recipe is full of flavor, and the best part is that it can be ready in just about 30 minutes. All you need to do is add all the ingredients to the pressure cooker and cook for 2 minutes.

That is it! Isn’t that amazing? I love adding garlic powder, onion powder, and Cajun seasoning to the pot, and drizzle a garlicky buttery sauce at the end. A squeeze of lemon and some fresh parsley are the perfect touches.

Best potatoes to use for shrimp boil:

I would recommend using russet potatoes, baby dutch, or baby red potatoes. All of these types work great when cooked under pressure. Also, if you are using larger-sized potatoes, cut them into smaller pieces. 


You can go with any type available. However, I personally prefer to use large or extra-large type. When cooked under pressure they are reduced in size. Therefore, it is best to use larger-sized shrimp. 

Instant Pot Shrimp Boil Recipe Tips:

  • I like using wild-caught shrimp, they will definitely have a better taste than farm-raised.
  • Also, you can use shrimp with shell on, or deveined, without shells and tails. It is based on personal preference. 
  • Skip the sausage and double or triple the shrimp or the potatoes, if you don’t eat meat. No need to alter the cooking time.
  • I use a combo of garlic powder and fresh garlic, adjust based on preference.
  • For a spicier kick, add red pepper flakes or increase the amount of hot sauce.
  • Fresh corn on the cob tastes incredible. I highly recommend using sweet corn in this recipe. 
  • The beer can be replaced with chicken/veggie broth or water.

Does the alcohol from the beer cook-off in the Instant Pot?

When you are cooking with alcohol using a Pressure Cooker (Instant Pot) or slow cooker, the alcohol won’t evaporate as when you were cooking on the stove-top. The alcohol is sealed in this case, and only a portion of it will evaporate into steam.

Therefore, the dish should only be served to adults. You can replace the beer with broth or water.

What wines pair well with Instant Pot Shrimp Boil?

A fruity white wine would be a perfect candidate. A cold bottle of Sauvignon Blan, Riesling or Pinot Grigio are always great matches for rich and somewhat spicy shrimp.

What goes with shrimp boil?

This is a complete meal on its own. But you can also pair it with some of the following:


Spices I used to make this recipe:

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5 from 10 reviews

Instant Pot Shrimp Boil

Instant Pot Shrimp Boil takes just a few minutes of prep work and only two minutes to cook. You can have a delicious meal in under 30 minutes.

Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 6 servings
Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 2 minutes Total time: 22 mins


Shrimp Boil:

Butter Mixture:



Nutrition information

0 Calories: 411 Carbohydrates: 35 Protein: 28 Fat: 18 Saturated Fat: 10 Cholesterol: 326 Sodium: 1093 Potassium: 784 Fiber: 3 Sugar: 4 Vitamin A: 755 Vitamin C: 35.3 Calcium: 213 Iron: 4.5
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Would like to try this recipe this weekend - would it be ok to clean the shrimp before putting in the instant pot - don’t particularly like to sit at the dinner table and have to peal shrimp 


yes, you can clean it.



Can I use frozen shrimp which is already deveined and precooked.


Yes, you can!



I cooked this tonight and it was so awesome. Added a little more Cajun seasoning and was just right. Only used water and not beer. Thank you thank you for sharing.



I'm curious on the shrimp size, the recipe says medium size but the photo looks large-extra large. Could you please clarify that? Thank you!


You can use any type you have on hand. I usually use a medium to large size. Both will work ok.



New to Insta Pot - are the directions the same for the 8 qt?


Hello and welcome! Yes the directions are the same for both!


Michelle Shaw

I can't wait to try this for dinner tomorrow night. Is it possible to add crab legs or should I make those separately?


if you can fit them, you can add them :)



How long should it be cooked if the shrimp is frozen


about 2 more minutes


Lisa Assante

Do you need to cook the sausage prior to putting it in the instapot with corn potatoes and onions?


No, you don't have to pre-cook the sausage.



Can you add lobster tails to this recipe too?


Yes, you can, please add one more mine of pressure cooking. Also, it depends if you add fresh or frozen.


Debbie Hall

This was a very easy and delicious meal to make. I will be making it again.


Happy that you loved it, this is a great recipe!


Rich Moberly

Going to try this without the hot cajun spice and shrimp using cut up chicken breast instead. Would like to add some milder cajun spice for taste. What adjustments would you suggest for this idea? It look so good, I have got to try it but have to make it edible for the ones that can't handle the heat.


It will work great with your substitutions, same cooking time applies.



Can you double this recipe? And Cook 4 min. Thank You



Can you double this recipe and then cook 4 min? Thank You


Patricia Farnum

I fixed this last night for dinner!! It is amazing! My husband said it is the second favorite meal that I fix in my quick pot!!



Can you use frozen corn or does it need to be thawed first?


frozen is ok


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