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Instant Pot Shrimp Boil

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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.

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

This recipe is so easy, 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 Instant Pot or any other electric pressure cooker and cook for 2 minutes. Thats 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.

Looking for more Instant Pot Recipes? Check these out:

  1. Instant Pot Orange Chicken – my most popular Instant Pot recipe that even 2 year olds love!
  2. Instant Pot Mongolian Chicken – a quick and delicious family meal.
  3. Instant Pot Mongolian Beef – made healthier with less sugar, oil and not deep fried.
  4. Instant Pot Honey Lemon Chicken – heathy and very flavorful.
  5. Instant Pot Pineapple Chicken – another delicious dump and cook recipe.
  6. Instant Pot Garlic Sesame Chicken – another tasty dump and cook recipe.
Instant Pot Shrimp Boil

Tips & Tricks on how to make the perfect Instant Pot Shrimp Boil Recipe:

  • I like using wild caught shrimp, they will definitely have a better taste than farm raise.
  • If you don’t eat meat, you can skip the sausage and double or triple the shrimp or the potatoes. No need to alter the cooking time.
  • You can use as much garlic as you want, I like to use a combo of garlic powder and fresh garlic. You can also add more garlic cloves for a deeper flavor.
  • You can add red pepper flakes for the dish to be spicier or just increase the amount of hot sauce.
  • If you want to make this dish without the beer, you can replace it 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.


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2 Minute Instant Pot Shrimp Boil


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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.


Shrimp Boil:
  • 1 1/2 pounds russet potatoes quartered
  • 1 12.8-ounce package smoked andouille sausage, sliced into 2 inch logs or rondelle
  • 1 1/2 pounds medium shrimp shell-on
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons cajun seasoning or Old Bay seasoning
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 3 ears corn halved
  • 1 (12 oz light) beer, use water or broth for alcohol free
  • 1 1/2 cups water
Butter Mixture:
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter melted
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cajun seasoning or Old Bay
  • Fresh parsley leaves chopped
  • 2 lemons cut into wedges


  1. Place potatoes, sausage and shrimp into a 6-qt Instant Pot.
  2. Add seasoning: onion powder, garlic powder, cajun seasoning, garlic cloves, hot sauce and bay leaves.

  3. Add beer and water.
  4. Top with the corn.
  5. Close the Instant Pot and make sure the valve points to Sealed.
  6. Select manual setting and adjust pressure to high, and set time for 2 minutes. When finished cooking, quick-release pressure according to manufacturer’s directions.
  7. When the Instant Pot beeps and the cooking has finished, do a quick-release.
  8. Add butter to a medium bowl and microwave until melted. Stir in garlic powder and cajun seasoning until fully combined.
  9. Serve shrimp boil immediately, drizzled with the butter mixture and garnished with chopped parsley and lemon wedges.
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15 comments on “Instant Pot Shrimp Boil”

  1. Now I want this for dinner tonight 🙂

  2. I need to try this! I just bought an Instant Pot on Prime Day! Took me long enough!

  3. This would be perfect to try this weekend!

  4. Yum! I’m going to have to try this…I’ve never made a shrimp boil!

  5. Made this last night and it was delicious! I do think you need more liquid though because it took a while to come to pressure. It fed my family of 4 with some leftovers! 

  6. Have this going right now! Can’t wait to eat lunch with my guys!

  7. What a great instant pot recipe! I have to try it!

  8. I’ve tried a few different methods to make a shrimp boil in the Instant Pot – it is tricky because the potatoes and corn typically take longer to cook than the shrimp. Did you find that everything was cooked pretty evenly with this time? Did anything get overcooked?

    • It cooked pretty evenly for me, I have many people on facebook sharing their picture of the recipe and everyone loved it. Thats why I cut the potatoes, to make sure they cook as quickly as everything else, keeps the shrimp from over cooking.

  9. I’m going to have to try this. I have to put this on my menu!

  10. Made this for dinner tonight! Didn’t have Cajun seasoning so used zatarins shrimp boil pouch. It turned out delicious.  Took a while to come up to pressure so I was worried about the shrimp, but they turned out perfect and tender and potato’s and corn were perfect too! A new family favorite 

  11. Should the shrimp be frozen or thawed?

  12. Made this tonight and it was delicious!

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