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How to Cook Instant Pot Shrimp Frozen

Instant Pot shrimp frozen or fresh are easy to cook! We’ll teach you how to cook frozen shrimp in your pressure cooker + share other easy seafood recipes too. If you love to add these to alfredo for dinner, as a high protein snack or as an appetizer this recipe will work great for them all.

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Wondering how to cook frozen Instant Pot shrimp what to do with fresh shrimp in your pressure cooker? We have directions for you so they’re perfectly pink when they’re done! This and more on our easy Instant Pot recipes page. (affiliate links present)

Instant Pot Shrimp Frozen

We started with this Instant Pot fish recipe where we made both vegetables and white fish in stackable pans inside our pressure cooker, that was yummy. Now we’ve made lots of Instant Pot shrimp recipes to share. Surprisingly there isn’t really a difference in cook time whether they start out rock hard or defrosted first.

Last weekend I was craving shrimp so I sent my husband out to buy a few pounds so I could figure out how to cook shrimp in the Instant Pot. You can make Ninja Foodi shrimp this same way too using the pressure cook function and the lid that isn’t attached.

If you are new to pressure cooking we have a lot of easy one pot meal recipes for you here. To begin with let’s start with a few basic tips:

For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have (a 6 quart) and use for all recipe creations.

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Of course he followed directions to a tee (not) and brought home two bags of frozen shrimp instead of fresh from the meat counter so I had to think of what to do with them. My IP was new to me at the time and I was furiously creating new one pot meals for my family, and to share with all of you.

I started with the simplest of them all, just how to cook them all by themselves. As time went on and I got the hang of how to get them done perfectly I added other items too. That is when the Instant Pot shrimp boil was created.

Frozen Shrimp Instant Pot

  • We figured this out!
  • This is the size I was working with, extra jumbo. They shrink quite a bit and become bite sized when they’re done so don’t let the size scare you.

Guaranteed you too can find this in your grocery store in the freezer section too so you can make shrimp in the Instant Pot like we did.

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How to Cook Raw Shrimp

You can do this in the oven, grill or the stovetop too but we are focusing on an electric pressure cooker right now. First I used the cooking times printable linked above to figure out about how long it would take. Adjustments I made to cook fresh and frozen shrimp in the Instant Pot.

Should you peel shrimp before cooking in a pressure cooker?

If they are frozen you won’t be able to do that, and it is not necessary anyway. Once done they will peel right off. Makes it even easier and cheaper since shell on is less expensive than without them.

How long do you steam frozen shrimp?

Unless you were adding a TON of shrimp into your pressure cooker, like to the 3/4 fill line I wouldn’t cook fresh or frozen, small to medium sized shelled, longer than 0 minutes.

  • I got the cook times off the Instant Pot website but ended up adjusting the shrimp cook times after I experimented with them on my own.
    • There’s stated that shrimp took 1-2 minutes if they were fresh, I found it took 0 minutes on my Instant Pot
    • It said frozen shrimp took 2-3 minutes, once again they took 0 minutes to be pink like you see here below
    • Fresh fish was said to take 2-3 minutes, my 3/4 lb. fillet of salmon took 4 minutes to be cooked through so I increased the time to 4
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Instant Pot Shrimp and Vegetables

This is possible too, you just have to choose those that have the same quick cook time. Broccoli is the best of the best for this duo. Just 1 minute will work for them both and then just top. with your butter, salt and pepper for a virtual fat free dish.

What is the best shrimp to cook in your pressure cooker?

I’m specific in showing you what I used here. I took a photo of the bag, size, etc because these are the best shrimp to use. Use shrimp with the shells still on so they don’t cook quite as fast as if there were no shells. You do NOT want to overcook shrimp or they’ll be hard and rubbery.

Extra jumbo size is best. – Once again, they cook FAST so this size enables them to not be overcooked even at 0 minutes you wouldn’t want them more done than this.

What do you need to cook shrimp in Instant Pot?

  1. Instant Pot steamer basket – I like the one with little feet on the bottom because it has a hook attached and a piece for easy lifting out too
  2. Instant Pot or any other brand of pressure cooker like Crock Pot Express – this is the pretty one I have

That is literally all you need. From there you can shell them and enjoy your cooked shrimp as is or add them to your favorite Instant Pot shrimp recipe, we will share a few of our favorites and share pressure cooker garlic shrimp below.

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How do you cook frozen Instant Pot shrimp?

Pour 1.5 c water into your pressure cooker. Open your vegetable steamer basket and place 10-20 jumbo frozen raw shrimp into your basket. Spread them out as much as you can so they’re overlapping the least amount possible

  • Close your lid and steam valve.
  • Set to high pressure cook for 0 minutes they cook quickly so stand by!
    • do 1 minute if adding broccoli in your pot together
  • Do a quick release
  • Lift out steamer basket immediately so they don’t continue to cook
  • Remove shells and enjoy or add to shrimp pasta recipe.

So quick and easy, we do this all the time just for a snack!

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How to set your Instant Pot to cook for 0 minutes?

  1. Add items into your pressure cooker – if you’re brand new here’s basics on how to use an Instant Pot
  2. Press manual (if you have that button)
  3. Then pressure, high
  4. Adjust using – button until it says 0
  5. Allow it to start
  6. It will beep as soon as it reaches pressure
  7. That is what it means to cook for 0 minutes in your Instant Pot
  8. Do a quick release (for shrimp anyway, or follow the recipe you’re reading for further instructions)

Note: When you follow these steps your frozen shrimp will come out cooked, not just thawed and still raw. Here they are after just zero minutes in the Instant Pot!

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How to make Instant Pot shrimp scampi

  1. 12 jumbo shrimp – if frozen first follow instructions to thaw them
  2. Butter
  3. Minced garlic
  4. Diced chives – optional

We are working on other Instant Pot shrimp recipes but for now here are others you can try:

Our new Instant Pot shrimp alfredo pasta is so good and a new family fave!!

instant pot shrimp alfredo

How do you thaw shrimp in the Instant Pot?

You aren’t really thawing, that would be done inside a freezer bag, zipped closed and set inside a bowl filled with cold water. This way will cook them. I made the garlic butter shrimp dish below using jumbo frozen shrimp initially with the shells on. I like this size because smaller ones tend to get overcooked. Yes, even with a 0 minute cook time.

  • You could make these garlic shrimp with fresh pcs. as well, they will just get more done.
  • They only take about 2 minutes to cook with the butter and garlic. Alternatively you can remove and just pour those items over the top.

Either way they become a delicious protein packed meal! If they’re still frozen make air fryer frozen shrimp with parmesan or Instant Pot bang bang shrimp for dinner some time.

Printable recipe below so you can keep it handy. Use directions to make shrimp plain, or use butter and garlic instructions if you want to add a bunch of flavor with just a few simple ingredients.

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Instant Pot Shrimp

How to cook Instant Pot shrimp frozen or fresh. Very easy to cook! We'll teach you how to cook frozen shrimp in your pressure cooker + share easy Instant Pot shrimp recipes too.
Course Appetizer, Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword butter, fresh, frozen, garlic, instant pot, shrimp
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 113kcal
Author The Typical Mom


  • 12 jumbo shrimp fresh or frozen
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp garlic minced, I use jarred
  • 1/2 tbsp chives diced, optional


  • Instant Pot frozen shrimp – Pour 1.5 c water into your Instant Pot and put a vegetable steamer basket inside your pot with your frozen shrimp inside. Set to pressure high for 0 minutes, do a quick release.
  • How to cook Instant Pot shrimp with shell – Pour 1.5 c water into your Instant Pot and put a vegetable steamer basket inside your pot with your shelled shrimp inside. Seal the lid and steam valve shut. Cook on high pressure for 0 minutes unless very jumbo then set to 1 minute with a quick release.
  • If you want to add flavor, drain pot and follow below instructions to make into Instant Pot garlic shrimp.
  • Set Instant Pot to saute, low, and add butter. When butter is melted add minced garlic. Once butter starts to sizzle add your shrimp and toss with butter and garlic.


Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Shrimp
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 113 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 45mg15%
Sodium 148mg6%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 390IU8%
Vitamin C 1.7mg2%
Calcium 16mg2%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Tuesday 24th of August 2021

Can this be done with small scallops as well?

The Typical Mom

Sunday 29th of August 2021

Should work about right with the same timing I would think


Sunday 2nd of February 2020

I only see frozen cod cooked.

Glen Cole

Tuesday 24th of December 2019

I can't believe how the shrimp came out, first time for me sating something like that but I had to. They where cooked prefect. The only change to the original was that I used beer instead of water. Boy I really like it when something works out when it's new an I have a bunch of guest are coming in a hour.

Mary Anne

Thursday 13th of June 2019

Excellent recipe! I made this for my hubby who just loves shrimp. He gave it two thumbs up. One question though - when I did the QR after 0 minutes for frozen shrimp, there was a LOT of steam and splatter. I’ve been using my Instant Pot for several months now, and relatively speaking, this was a huge amount of splatter. In fact, it almost also filled the little catch bucket on the back of the IP. Is this consistent with your experience? Or am I doing something wrong? Thanks!!


Sunday 31st of January 2021

It made a big mess for me, too. Next time I will use half c water with steamer basket and some frozen veggies to block all the smelly qr venting from shooting all over the pot/walls or just saute instead. Saw a tip on you tube, throw a dish towel over the pot.

The Typical Mom

Friday 14th of June 2019

Oh good. No I haven't had that issue with this. Only thing I can think is the seal inside wasn't secure enough or more water was added than I said in recipe.

Molly Kumar

Monday 11th of February 2019

This is such a great tip and so helpful for quick recipes.

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