Instant Pot Frozen Shrimp

Instant Pot Frozen Shimp (Works For Frozen Cooked or Raw Shrimp)

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Instant Pot frozen shrimp is ready in minutes! This is the easiest dinner ever!

Instant Pot Frozen Shrimp Recipe

Got a package of frozen shrimp in your freezer? You’ve got dinner! Toss the package on frozen shrimp into your Instant Pot and get a pot of piping hot cooked shrimp in 5 minutes!  Don’t own an Instant Pot? Click here to read my Instant Pot review.

Instant Pot Frozen Cooked Shrimp

Even though you can thaw frozen shrimp under running water, it’s nice to be able to do it in the Instant Pot.  Instant Pot will not only thaw your frozen shrimp, it will cook it and your shrimp will be piping hot!  This Instant Pot frozen shrimp recipe works well for both raw and cooked frozen shrimp.

Instant Pot And Bag Of Frozen Shrimp

Since shrimp cooks really quickly, for frozen cooked shrimp I’m utilizing my “zero minutes” technique that I also use for quick-cooking vegetables in the Instant Pot (such as broccoli, cauliflower and asparagus).  Set the cooking time to zero (0) minutes on High pressure, followed by a quick release (QR), and while the Instant Pot comes to pressure the shrimp will be already thawed and heated!  I also use 1/2 cup of hot tap water (instead of cold) so the Instant Pot comes to pressure as quickly as possible!

How to cook frozen cooked and frozen raw shrimp in the Instant Pot

For frozen raw shrimp, I use the cooking time of 1 minute on High pressure followed by the quick release (QR).  One minute is plenty of time to pressure cook raw shrimp to perfection!

Pressure Cooker Frozen Shrimp

Now you’ve got a perfect seafood dinner in minutes, thanks to your Instant Pot!  Serve this shrimp over rice or quinoa, add it to salads, or toss with some butter and minced garlic for a quick shrimp scampi.  You can also serve it with the homemade shrimp cocktail sauce – delicious!

Instant Pot Shrimp

Now imagine how much a shrimp dinner would cost in a restaurant…  Homemade seafood feasts save you so much $$$! And for the ultimate seafood dinner, check out my Instant Pot lobster tails recipe – it’s so easy, you won’t believe it!

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Instant Pot Frozen Shimp
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Got a bag of frozen shrimp? Dinner will be ready in 5 minutes thanks to your Instant Pot! This Instant Pot frozen shrimp is super quick and easy!
Recipe type: Main Dish, Instant Pot
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4 servings
  • 1 lb frozen shrimp
  • ½ cup hot water
  1. Put water in the Instant Pot and add frozen shrimp. Close the lid and turn the valve to a Sealing position. Press the "Pressure Cook" or "Manual" button and set the time to ZERO (0) minutes for frozen cooked shrimp (or 1 minute for frozen raw shrimp) on High pressure.
  2. When Instant Pot is done cooking, quick release (QR) the steam.
  3. Drain the shrimp in a colander and serve.


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8 replies
  1. Jayson
    Jayson says:

    1) Would you recommend the same 1 minute for a frozen bag of seafood mix/medley?

    2) And I have an 8Qt IP. Do you still recommend only ½cup water for seafood medley?

    3) Usually the 8Qt calls for 2cups liquid. I’m assuming your adding only ½ of 1 cup because the seafood will that and create liquid?

    Thanks! B-)

    • Melanie Mendelson
      Melanie Mendelson says:

      Since I don’t know what’s in that seafood mix, I’d do 3 minutes just to be on a safe side, as stuff that’s not shrimp might need more time to cook. I’d do 1 cup of water for 8Qt Instant Pot, and yes, more water is released from frozen seafood.

  2. Peggy
    Peggy says:

    This worked great! Perfectly cooked shrimp and so easy! The only issue I had was some of the liquid spewing out as I released the pressure. Any advice?


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