Instant Pot Shrimp - Chef Abbie Gellman MS, RD, CDN

Instant Pot Shrimp

Chef Abbie Gellman RD

Whenever I am short on time, I always try to think of the fastest way to prepare something that is both delicious and healthy. Well let me tell you, this recipe for instant pot shrimp is just that – a delicious and healthy meal in a flash! I love using the pressure cooker for shrimp because it poaches the shrimp perfectly. Using the instant pot gives the shrimp its delicate texture and flavor. This instant pot shrimp is perfect for an appetizer of shrimp cocktail or can be used for meal prep to add to your favorite dishes throughout the week.

How to make the instant pot shrimp

Purchasing shrimp

Shrimp is sold differently than other types of seafood. When purchasing shrimp, it is sold by a certain number per pound. For example, you may see shrimp sold as ‘16 to 20 per pound’ or ‘21-30 per pound.’ All this means is that the smaller number of shrimp per pound, the larger the shrimp are. So if you prefer smaller sized shrimp, opt for a larger count per pound.

Cleaning shrimp

When purchasing shrimp, you have a couple of options. I typically purchase frozen, peeled and deveined shrimp because it’s easy to have on hand, defrosts quickly, and can be cooked immediately. However, you can also purchase shrimp fresh from your local fishmonger. Sometimes you can ask the fishmonger to peel and devein the shrimp for you, however, other times you may need to peel and devein and peel the shrimp yourself. To do this, you will make a tiny slit with a knife through the shell to loosen and remove it (you may leave the tail on for serving purposes). To devein the shrimp, make one slice directly over the vein to remove it. Now, your shrimp is ready to cook. 

Cooking the instant pot shrimp

To make this instant pot shrimp, add all ingredients to the instant pot (or other pressure cooker), and cook on low for one minute. After the minute is up, let the pressure cooker naturally release for 10 minutes, followed by a quick release. While the natural release is occurring, prep a bowl with ice water for an ice bath. When all the pressure is released from the instant pot, use a slotted spoon to place the shrimp in the ice bath to stop the cooking. Drain the water from the ice bath and serve in your favorite preparation!

Health benefits of shrimp

For just a 3 ounce serving of shrimp there are so many nutrients. These nutrients include protein, selenium, vitamin B12 and omega-3 fatty acids.1 These nutrients are needed for different functions in our bodies. For example, protein, one of the three macronutrients, is needed for cell health and wound healing, as well as for metabolic processes to occur throughout the body.2 Selenium assists with thyroid health and reproduction.3 In addition, selenium has properties similar to that of an antioxidant.3 Vitamin B12, on the other hand, is required to keep our blood and brain healthy, and it’s necessary for DNA synthesis.4 Lastly, shrimp also contains omega-3, which is important for the health of cell membranes.5 

With all of these health benefits, shrimp can be part of a healthy diet along with other lean proteins, vegetables, fruits, whole grains and low-fat or non-fat dairy. Current recommendations for seafood consumption is about 2 to 3 servings per week.6 

I hope you enjoy this instant pot shrimp recipe and cannot wait to see the dishes you come up with!

Similar Pages

For more recipes like my instant pot shrimp, check out my Shrimp Fra Diavolo, my Fish en Papillote, and my Instant Pot Whole Chicken


  1. Elliott B. Is shrimp healthy? Nutrition, calories and more. Healthline. Published February 16, 2018. Accessed November 13, 2020.
  2. Van de Walle G. 9 Important functions of protein in your body. Healthline.
  3. Office of dietary supplements – selenium. NIH Office of Dietary Supplements. Accessed November 13, 2020.
  4. Office of dietary supplements – vitamin B12. NIH Office of Dietary Supplements. Accessed November 13, 2020.
  5. Office of dietary supplements – omega-3 fatty acids. NIH Office of Dietary Supplements. Accessed November 13, 2020.
  6. Advice about eating fish. U.S. Food and Drug Administration. 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends:,that are lower in mercury. Accessed November 13, 2020.
Side Shot, Instant Pot Shrimp

instant pot shrimp

5 from 1 vote
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Course: Appetizer, fish, Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: instant pot, pressure cooker, seafood, shrimp
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Up to pressure and release time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 21 minutes


  • pressure cooker


  • 2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 pound frozen shrimp


  • Add the water, salt, and frozen shrimp to the electric pressure cooker and mix well. Secure the lid and cook on low pressure for 1 minutes. After cooking, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes then quick release. Unlock and remove the lid.
  • Drain the shrimp into a colander then immediately place into an ice bath to stop cooking.



serve with cocktail sauce and a spritz of lemon.

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