Instant Pot Shrimp

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Learn how to make Instant Pot Shrimp with 4 pantry ingredients! Toasted Garlic Butter Shrimp is super quick and easy to make, yet so deliciously addictive to eat. You’ll love these buttery, garlicky, sweet-savory-umami, bouncy shrimp.

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Why Instant Pot Shrimp?

Many of you have been requesting Instant Pot Shrimp Recipes. So here it is!!

Don’t worry! We won’t be pressure cooking the shrimp in Instant Pot! Rather than using its’ Pressure Cook function, we’ll be featuring another awesome feature of the Instant Pot – the Saute function.

We understand that some of our dear readers may not have access or be able to cook on a stove, including students living in dorm rooms, truck drivers, those living in RV or boats, elderly with physical limitations, or those with disabilities. So this Instant Pot Shrimp recipe is designed with them in mind!

Not only do we hope to showcase the variety of dishes you can make with your Instant Pot Multicooker, but we’d love to develop an easy & tasty Instant Pot Shrimp recipe for everyone to enjoy.

If you like, you can use this recipe and cook these tasty garlic butter shrimp on the stovetop over medium heat.

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Toasted Garlic Butter Shrimp

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Ingredients: We’re keeping it as simple yet tasty as possible. So we’re only using 4 simple pantry ingredients – Shrimp, Unsalted Butter, Regular Soy Sauce, & Garlic.

Flavor & Texture: You’ll love the crunchy-bouncy shrimp pack with buttery-garlicky, sweet-savory-umami flavors with caramelized garlic bits! The satisfying flavors & aroma continue to linger on your palate as you keep going back for more. 

Cooking Time: The actual cooking time for these tasty garlic butter shrimp is less than 5 minutes. Including preparation time, they’re ready to eat in less than 10 minutes.

Equipment: All you need is an Instant Pot and a wooden spoon. You can also cook them on the stovetop.

Ease Level – Super Easy: It’s super easy to cook with minimal preparation and minimal pantry ingredients, basic cooking skills & cooking equipment. Yet it’s still so tasty!

Step-by-Step Guide: Instant Pot Shrimp

Here are the ingredients for cooking Shrimp in Instant Pot:

garlic butter shrimp ingredients

What types of Shrimp to use in Instant Pot:

Extra Large Shrimp: We used 26/30 Shrimp to craft this recipe. These are considered extra-large shrimp for this recipe.

  • The number “26/30” tells you the size of the shrimp. It means there are roughly 26 to 30 shrimp per pound.
  • You can use larger or smaller shrimp for this recipe. Be sure to adjust the cooking time according to the size of your shrimp.

Frozen vs Thawed Shrimp: For the best result, use thawed shrimp for this Instant Pot Shrimp recipe. It’s super easy to thaw frozen shrimp under cold tap water in 5 to 10 minutes.

Tools for Cooking Shrimp in Instant Pot

Step 1

Prepare Ingredients & Thaw Frozen Shrimp

If your shrimp are frozen, place shrimp in a large mixing bowl, then thaw under cold water while you prepare other ingredients.

thaw frozen shrimp

Finely mince the garlic, and chop up the optional Italian parsley.

mince garlic

finely chopped parsley

Then, drain and pat dry the shrimp with a paper towel.

Step 2

Cook Shrimp in Instant Pot

First, press the “Saute” button to “Sauté More” to heat up the Instant Pot.

instant pot saute more

Wait until the Instant Pot says “HOT”.

*Pro Tip: Make sure the Instant Pot is as hot as it can be to induce a Maillard reaction.

Melt 2 tbsp (28g) unsalted butter or olive oil in the inner pot, and ensure to coat the unsalted butter or oil all over the whole bottom of the pot.

Place the shrimp in Instant Pot, then make sure all the shrimp are directly touching the Instant Pot (as shown in the photo below).

shrimp in Instant Pot

You don’t have to stir the shrimp or anything.

Let the shrimp cook for 2 minutes on one side before flipping them over, then cook the other side for 1.5 minutes.

*Note: If your shrimp are bigger or smaller than 26/30, the cooking time will be a bit longer or shorter. Adjust accordingly.

Step 3

Add Garlic & Soy Sauce

Add minced garlic and 2 tsp (10ml) – 1 tbsp (15ml) regular soy sauce in Instant Pot.

With a wooden spoon, saute and scrub all the flavorful brown bits off the bottom. Do this for 30 seconds, then we’re done!

frozen shrimp instant pot

Soy Sauce: Why 2 Teaspoons to 1 Tablespoon of Regular Soy Sauce?

We provided a range of 2 teaspoons (10ml) to 1 tablespoon (15ml) of Regular Soy Sauce because the best amount to use varies depending on your bottle of soy sauce. Every batch of soy sauce (even with the same brand) can vary in flavor, aroma, texture, & thickness. So it’s best to taste & adjust according to the saltiness of your bottle of soy sauce.

Step 4

Taste, Garnish, & Serve Shrimp

Taste one of the shrimp to make sure it’s seasoned & cooked properly.

*Pro Tip: To avoid overcooking the shrimp, quickly pour them on a serving plate.

Finally, garnish the garlic butter shrimp with finely chopped Italian parsley.

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Enjoy your Tasty Garlic Butter Instant Pot Shrimp!

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Instant Pot Shrimp

Learn how to make Instant Pot Shrimp with 4 pantry ingredients! Toasted Garlic Butter Shrimp is super quick and easy to make, yet so deliciously addictive to eat. You'll love these buttery, garlicky, sweet-savory-umami, bouncy shrimp.
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Servings 4
Total Time 5 mins
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Ingredients

  • 14 (½lb or 230g) 26/30 shrimp , thawed
  • 2 tablespoons (28g) unsalted butter or olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons (10ml) - 1 tablespoon (15ml) regular soy sauce
  • 6 (27g) garlic cloves , minced
  • Optional garnish: Italian parsley , finely chopped

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Instructions 

  • Prepare Ingredients & Thaw Frozen Shrimp: If your shrimp are frozen, place shrimp in a large mixing bowl, then thaw under cold water while you prepare other ingredients.
    Finely mince garlic, and finely chop Italian parsley. Drain and pat dry the shrimp with a paper towel.
    thaw frozen shrimp
  • Cook Shrimp in Instant Pot: Use “Sauté More” to heat up Instant Pot. Wait until the Instant Pot says "HOT".
    Melt 2 tbsp (28g) unsalted butter or olive oil in the inner pot, and ensure to coat the unsalted butter or oil all over the whole bottom of the pot.
    Add the shrimp in Instant Pot, and make sure all the shrimp are directly touching the pot. You don't have to stir the shrimp. Let the shrimp cook for 2 minutes on one side before flipping them over, then cook the other side for 1.5 minutes.
    *Cooking Time: If your shrimp are bigger or smaller than 26/30, increase or decrease your cooking time according to the size of your shrimp.
    shrimp in Instant Pot
  • Add Garlic & Soy Sauce: Add minced garlic and 2 tsp (10ml) - 1 tbsp (15ml) regular soy sauce in Instant Pot. With a wooden spoon, saute and scrub all the flavorful brown bits off the bottom. Do this for 30 seconds, then we're done!
    frozen shrimp instant pot
  • Taste, Garnish, & Serve Shrimp: Taste one of the shrimp to make sure it's seasoned & cooked properly. Quickly pour them on a serving plate to avoid overcooking the shrimp. Garnish shrimp with finely chopped Italian parsley. Enjoy!

Notes

Soy Sauce: We provided a range of 2 teaspoons to 1 tablespoon of Regular Soy Sauce because the best amount to use varies depending on your bottle of soy sauce. Every batch of soy sauce (even with the same brand) can vary in flavor, aroma, texture, thickness. So it's best to taste & adjust according to the saltiness of your bottle of soy sauce.
Can I Make these Shrimp on Stovetop? Yes! You can follow the steps and cook the shrimp on the stovetop over medium heat.
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Author: Amy + Jacky
Calories: 131kcal
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: World
Keyword: frozen shrimp instant pot, instant pot frozen shrimp, instant pot shrimp, instant pot shrimp recipes, shrimp in instant pot

Nutrition

Calories: 131kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 616mg | Potassium: 79mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 96mg | Iron: 1mg

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Instant Pot Shrimp: Learn how to make Toasted Garlic Butter Shrimp in Instant Pot with 4 pantry ingredients! Super quick and easy to make, yet so deliciously addictive to eat. Buttery, garlicky, sweet-savory-umami, bouncy shrimp.
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