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To Cook Shrimp in Your Instant Pot, Turn It Off

We’re not kidding.
By Published Aug. 9, 2022

The Instant Pot is the perfect vessel for cooking all kinds of proteins in record time.

For beef, pork, and lamb, turn on the pressure cooker.

But for shrimp? Turn off your Instant Pot.

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That’s right. Turning off the Instant Pot is our favorite method for cooking shrimp. The key is to stir them in raw at the end of cooking your dish, which allows the residual heat to cook them through.

The indirect heat virtually eliminates the chance of overcooking this delicate protein.

We use this method for all our shrimp recipes: Instant Pot Toasted Orzo with Shrimp and Feta, Instant Pot Shrimp and Asparagus Risotto, and jambalaya to name a few.

So is it really that simple? The answer is yes. Yes, it is.

  1. Turn off your Instant Pot and quick-release pressure. 
  2. Carefully remove lid, allowing steam to escape away from you. 
  3. Stir in shrimp, cover, and let sit until shrimp are opaque throughout, 5 to 7 minutes.
  4. Serve.

The end. Perfectly cooked shrimp in your (turned off) Instant Pot. Every single time.