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The Best Instant Pot Shrimp Boil Recipe

The Best Instant Pot Shrimp Boil Recipe

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Hot days call for recipes that help keep your kitchen cooler – that is why I love my Instant Pot! Pressure cooker, slow cooker, and so much more, this keeps my family fed while helping us beat the heat. This Instant Pot Shrimp Boil is just one of the best summer recipes and absolutely perfect for that lazy afternoon.

The Best Instant Pot Shrimp Boil Recipe

Why wait for hours to get that shrimpy goodness? Make this boiled dinner in no time at all! Why use a hard-to-clean, heavy pot with so many dishes and pots to clean afterward? We’ve got your answer! 

Instant Pot Boiled Dinners

Seafood is a fan favorite for many, from fried fish and chips to crab legs or lobster tail. Shrimp boils are on the top of this list, as they are easy to prepare, delicious, and filling. Perfect for family meals or even party foods, seafood boils can be the perfect way to bring smiles to everyone.

How Many Shrimp Per Person for Shrimp Boil

Here is the great thing, when you add less expensive meat to the mix like sausage, and then veggies like corn and potatoes? You can get away with a lot less of the more expensive items like shrimp. We have this recipe worked out so you can feed four people with only one pound of shrimp.

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Why You Are Going To Love This:

With the combination of crab, shrimp, crawfish, or other seafood and veggies such as potatoes, corn, onion, or other proteins such as sausage, seafood boils are top-tier meals. For this recipe, I will be showing you how to make the most delicious shrimp boil, the Instant Pot way.

With simple ingredients and spices, you can make a meal for the whole family in under 10 minutes, and no you did not read that wrong! Let’s gather our ingredients and jump right into it.

Instant Pot Shrimp Boil ingredients

What Do I Need To Make Instant Pot Shrimp Boil?

For this Instant shrimp boil, start by collecting the following:

  • Baby red potatoes – these are better for a boiled dinner because they cook quickly and don’t fall apart
  • Andouille sausage – this is a smoked pork sausage that adds a great layer of flavor
  • Yellow onion – any onion will do, but yellow onions are a classic choice and less expensive
  • Old Bay seasoning – this is a shrimp boil essential and can be found in the spice aisle of most grocery stores
  • Hot sauce – this is optional, but I like to add a little bit for extra zip. Our favorite brand? Cholula
  • Corn on the cob – fresh corn is best, but frozen will work in a pinch
  • Beer – I recommend using a lager or a light beer, they have fewer fillers so you can get a less intrusive flavor
  • Shrimp, deveined, tail and shells on – shrimp is the star of the show, so make sure you get good quality shrimp.
  • Unsalted butter – we like unsalted as there is already enough flavor in this dish without the added sodium
  • Roasted garlic paste – you can find it in the condiment aisle of most grocery stores, or you can make your own roasted garlic paste.
  • Chopped parsley – this is for garnish
  • Lemon – we like to use lemon for garnish

How to Make Instant Pot Shrimp Boil

sausage and onion for Instant Pot Shrimp Boil

Start by placing potatoes, sausage, onion, 3 teaspoons Old Bay, and hot sauce into your Instant Pot.

corn sausage and onion for Instant Pot Shrimp Boil

Stir to combine these ingredients and then add in the corn and beer.

cooked instant pot shrimp boild

Pressure cook for 5 minutes, then quickly release the steam.

shrimp added to the instant pot shrim boil

Add shrimp to the pot and pressure cook for 1 minute, then quick release the steam again.

sauce for instant pot shrimp boil

In a small skillet, melt the butter. Stir in the garlic paste, 1 teaspoon of Old Bay seasoning, and chopped parsley.

sauce for instant pot shrimp boil

Plate the shrimp boil and spoon your seasoned melted butter over the top of it all.

ready to serve instant pot shrimp boil

Shrimp Boil FAQ

  1. What goes best with this shrimp boil?

There are many options to choose from with sides for your shrimp boil. These include hush puppies, coleslaw, macaroni and cheese, or even salad or sweet roll. For healthier options, you can also choose to add veggie skewers or roasted green beans.

  1. Should I rinse the shrimp before cooking?

You may rinse the shrimp in clean water if you see it is needed. Once you rinse it, be sure to dry them on a bed of paper towels, the shrimp should be fully dried before cooking.

  1. Can I use frozen shrimp?

Yes, you can use frozen shrimp. No need to defrost, but be sure to adjust cooking time for proper cooking if you choose the frozen route!

ready to serve instant pot shrimp boil

Best Side Dishes for Shrimp Boil

As with any seafood boil, here is how to make this the perfect dish for any seafood lover. We already made sure to pack it with andouille sausage – those sausage pieces, especially smoky sausage, really add to the layer of flavor. Adding in the sweet corn and red potatoes

This helps make it a great main dish when adding in all these smaller pieces to compliment your juicy shrimp. As with any of our shrimp recipes, garnish with lemon wedges and possibly a garlic butter sauce

Our best side dishes to go with this to make it a complete meal to help stretch it for large crowds? There is nothing better than crusty sourdough bread and a side of our red beans and rice. If you want to take a different approach, you can serve it with a fresh green salad, or grilled vegetables like a color variety of bell pepper or even summer squash and onions. A simple potato salad is a nice touch or even fresh asparagus. A delicious salad like our Cajun Corn Salad. Hush puppies are always a southern classic too!

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For a dinner date night, add some wine and spice up your meal! Wines best paired with this seafood boil would be a sweeter, white wine like a riesling, or a sparkling wine like Cava or Prosecco.

Instant pots are great kitchen appliance upgrades for whipping up incredible meals on a time budget. With this recipe, you can have a delicious meal on the table in under 30 minutes, making more time with your family, and less time in the kitchen. 

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Yield: 4

The Best Instant Pot Shrimp Boil Recipe

ready to serve instant pot shrimp boil

This easy-to-make dinner will please a small crowd with minimal effort

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1 lb baby red potatoes
  • 1 package andouille sausage, sliced thin
  • ½ yellow onion, diced
  • 4 teaspoons Old Bay seasoning, divided
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • 3 ears of corn, halved
  • 16 oz beer
  • 1 lb shrimp, deveined, tail & shells on
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons roasted garlic paste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 1 lemon, cut to wedges


    Place potatoes, sausage, onion, 3 teaspoons Old Bay, and hot sauce into the pot.

    Stir to combine then add corn and beer.

    Cook on high for 5 minutes, and release steam.

    Add shrimp to pot and cook on high for 1 minute, release steam.

    In a small skillet melt butter then stir in garlic, 1 teaspoon Old Bay, and parsley.

    Plate shrimp boil and spoon melted butter mixture over the top.

    Serve & enjoy!


    You can switch this recipe up with your favorite seafood.

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    Nutrition Information:



    Serving Size:


    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 596Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 280mgSodium: 2109mgCarbohydrates: 54gFiber: 5gSugar: 6gProtein: 36g

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