It seems like there’s a dearth of Instant Pot shrimp recipes out there (and Instant Pot seafood recipes in general), so I just made this Instant Pot shrimp and rice (and beans!) recipe and couldn’t be happier. Not only is it possibly the easiest Instant Pot recipe I’ve made to date, but it tastes delicious and mixes things up in your Instant Pot repertoire from the usual chicken and roasts.
Ok, so I fibbed a tiny bit. I could be happier with this Instant Pot seafood recipe if I’d used better quality shrimp so I’m going to tell you that up front and you can use what you please.
I used pre-cooked, frozen medium shrimp from Aldi since that’s what I had on hand, but I think if you used raw or cooked (but still frozen!) jumbo shrimp, this Instant Pot shrimp recipe could be taken to the next level. Shrimp cooks so quickly, that you want to make sure it’s frozen before you put in it in your Instant Pot, otherwise it will be overcooked.
Since I don’t really keep limes in the house (or fresh cilantro on this particular day) I used a couple of shortcuts that you can copy and turn any of your Instant Pot shrimp recipes into practically a pantry meal as long as you have shrimp in the freezer.
Shortcut #1 – Young Living Lime Vitality Essential Oil
YL’s Lime Vitality Essential Oil is da shiz! I use if for my Easy Blender Salsa Recipe, Citrus Coleslaw, and Thai Chicken Yellow Curry too. Even if you aren’t the “crunchy” type, you’ll want to join Young Living just for the culinary adventure! (email me at [email protected] and I’ll help you navigate the process, plus “work the system” to maximize your freebies.)
Shortcut #2 – Freeze Dried Cilantro
Fresh cilantro is cheap and easy to come by, but when it’s lunchtime and you’re starving and don’t happen to have any on hand…this freeze dried option is a live-saver! Get some and keep it with your spices for whenever you’re hangry and don’t want to make a trip to the store. Ok, on to the Instant Pot shrimp recipe.
Instant Pot Shrimp Recipes
- ¼ cup butter
- 1 cup rice
- 2Tbsp minced garlic
- 1½ cups water or broth
- 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1lb Frozen Shrimp (raw or cooked, just make sure it's frozen)
- 15-20 drops Young Living Lime Vitality Essential Oil
- Fresh or freeze dried cilantro
- salt and pepper to taste
- Set Instant Pot to "saute" and melt butter
- Add rice and cook until brown
- Add garlic, salt, and pepper and cook until fragrant
- Add water and lime oil, then beans and shrimp
- Set Instant Pot to manual and cook for 5 minutes
- Release the pressure manually and serve dish topped with cilantro
If you are doing Weight Watchers and calculating Smartpoints, this recipe has 5 Smartpoints per 8oz serving.
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I hope to have more Instant Pot shrimp recipes in the future since this one turned out so well, but until then this Instant Pot shrimp recipe will be a regular at our house!