Instant Pot shrimp are quick to make and really delicious. You can discard the liquid they cook in, or use it to make a quick sauce right in your Instant Pot.
There are a lot of ways to cook shrimp. I like them sautéed with garlic, poached, and even cooked directly from frozen. However, these days I’m obsessed with my Instant Pot so of course I had to try cooking shrimp in there. It turns out it’s super quick and the shrimp turn out really good. Actually, they’re great, mostly because you end up with a bonus sauce with barely any effort.
First, make sure you’re using defrosted shrimp. See my post on how to thaw shrimp quickly, if needed. In the instant pot, mix together the shrimp (I used 24 medium shrimp, deveined and peeled with no tail), one tablespoon of butter broken into pieces and half a cup of water or chicken broth, 1 clove of minced garlic, 1/8 teaspoon of salt, and 1/8 teaspoon of red pepper flakes (optional). Set it to pressure cook on high for one minute. Yes, only one minute. That’s all it takes. Let it heat up and hten cook for a minute. Then do a quick pressure release by turning the knob to Venting. Wait for all the steam to escape and hte little button to drop down, then remove the lid.
At this point, the shrimp are sitting in the liquid at the bottom of the pot. Remove the shrimp using a slotted spoon. Discard the liquid and serve. OR…use the liquid to make this amazing shrimp pasta sauce in your Instant Pot. It only takes an extra couple of minutes and it’s sooooo good!
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