Instant Pot Shrimp Boil [VIDEO]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 9 reviews

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!

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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.

Picture of instant pot shrimp boil with corn on the cob.

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.

Picture of shrimp boil made in the pressure cooker.

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:


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Spices I used to make this recipe:

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5 from 9 reviews
Instant Pot Shrimp Boil
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 6 servings
Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 2 minutes Total time: 22 mins


Shrimp Boil:

  • 1 1/2 pounds  russet potatoes  (quartered)
  • 1 package  smoked andouille sausage, sliced into 2 inch logs or rondelle  (12.8oz)
  • 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 bottle  beer, use water or broth for alcohol free  ((12 oz light) )
  • 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.
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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Brandy @ Nutmeg Nanny

Now I want this for dinner tonight :)



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


Sandra | A Dash of Sanity

This would be perfect to try this weekend!



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



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! 



Have this going right now! Can't wait to eat lunch with my guys!



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



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.


Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert

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



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 


so glad that you liked it!



Should the shrimp be frozen or thawed?




Mikaela Lambert

Made this tonight and it was delicious!


Karen Fullmer

Made this for dinner tonight. Didn't have sausage so I used cut up chicken breast instead. It was delicious! Couldn't believe everything cooked in two minutes. Can't wait to try it next time with the sausage. Thanks for the great recipe.


Nga To

I would love to try this. is it spicy? I can't handle any spice. I do love eating at boiling crab n places like that but I always get the lemon pepper flavor and non spicy. I'm pretty new to cooking in general so is there a way to tweak this to make it the lemon pepper flavor and non spicy?


Just make sure you use a mind sausage, that you know its not spicy and skip the cajun seasoning. Add more garlic powder if you like that and some lemons to the pot :)



Is the shrimp and corn thawed?


yes, they are.



My first ‘Dinner’ in my Instapot (I have been doing oatmeal and egg bites for a while)....SOOOO FABULOUS! I followed the recipe exactly and it was perfect! The Pilsner added great flavors throughout and it was amazing that each item was done perfectly! Thank you!


Lori Weaver

This was the best thing I have eaten in a long time, first time using our New Instant Pot. Tasted like my dad's Shrimp boil (he's from Louisiana). The only thing we did different cause this is how do shrimp boils, is put the Zatarian's Crab Boil Oil concentrate in there and oh my it has AMAZING. The we got were fresh with the heads still, they were Key West Shrimp.


Terri Wood

Could you freeze the corn, potatoes and corn and then toss in IP with other ingredients at a later date? Would cooking time be same?


no, as it will take longer to cook and the shrimp will be very over cooked, sorry.


joshua knechtel

I made this tonight for myself, my g/f and her son. Not a large enough batch to do a whole huge kettle boil, so I searched for an IP recipe and found this. I left out the sausage and potatoes because I already had another side of roasted artichokes, but did the corn and the rest of the recipe nearly spot on. I used Slap-Yo-Mama seafood boil cajun seasoning for the cajun (I like Old Bay as well but wanted a bit more kick). Shrimp were done perfectly fine.



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


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