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Instant Pot Steamed Shrimp

Learn how to cook shrimp perfectly every time, from raw or frozen, using the Instant Pot! Faster than an oven & you can cook with the shell for shrimp cocktail! :: DontWastetheCrumbs.com

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A quick & easy recipe for perfectly cooked shrimp in the Instant Pot. Use raw or frozen shrimp, and even cook with the shell for shrimp cocktail!


  • 1 cup of water
  • 12 pounds of shrimp
  • Lemon juice, lime juice, and/or Old Bay Seasoning, if desired (optional)


  1. Pour water into the Instant Pot. Place the shrimp in a steaming basket, place the steaming basket in the Instant Pot. Place a glass lid on top and press the “steam” function. If your Instant Pot automatically turns on the “keep warm” function, press the button to turn it off.
  2. Set the kitchen timer for 5 minutes and let the shrimp steam, undisturbed.
  3. When the timer goes off, check the shrimp. If your shrimp are small or medium, they may be done. The shrimp is considered done when they are pink and slightly curled. They do NOT need to be fully curled in order to be considered done. (In fact, if they’re fully curled they’re likely over-done.)
  4. Serve immediately or keep in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. Cooked shrimp can also be frozen for 3-6 months if wrapped well.


If you’re cooking large shrimp, you will need to stir the shrimp and add an additional 4-5 minutes to the timer. Check the shrimp at 4 minutes and add 1-2 minutes, if needed.


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