This Instant Pot Low Country Shrimp Boil Recipe screams summer. It’s a quick shrimp boil recipe that’s packed with bold seafood flavors, and make an easy weeknight meal.
This Instant Pot low country boil recipe is delicious and can absolutely feed a crowd. Be sure to double the recipe.
It is finger-licking-good and is uses old bay seasoning as the seasoning base.
Where did seafood boils originated?
Is it me or does it seem like all of the good comfort foods comes from Louisiana? Shrimp boils are a part of the Louisiana Cajun tradition.
Shrimp boil seasoning
This recipe uses Kielbasa sausage, jumbo shrimp, and a few other pantry staple recipes as listed below.
- Cumin seeds or ground cumin
- Beef smoked Kielbasa sausage
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Medley potatoes
- Corn on the cob halves; fresh or frozen
- Raw jumbo shrimp 21/25, deveined, EZ-peel
- Old bay seasoning
Every ingredient is combined in one pot to create a succulent, tender, juicy instant pot shrimp boil recipe.
How to cook instant pot shrimp boils?
To simplify this method, think of boils as ingredients “boiling” together. Which in essence that’s all it is. A boil is usually done in a large pot and most often when the food is cooked, a mesh scoop is used to transfer the “solids” from the liquid.
First add the water, corn, potatoes, and sausage to the Instant Pot. Then add the dry seasoning and honey. Stir well to combine.
Second, lock the lid, seal, and pressure cook on high for 5 minutes.
Once time is up, quick-release, remove the corn, sausage and potatoes to avoid over cooking.
Third, add the shrimp. Mix well. Cover with lid, seal, pressure cook for 2 minutes. Quick-release after 2 minutes.
Remove the shrimp from the pot and add it to the corn, potatoes,
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
When making this shrimp boil recipe, no need to overcook the shrimp as it will become tough and will result in a rubbery texture. Cook the shrimp in the instant pot for 2 minutes.
The best size for shrimp for shrimp boil is Jumbo shrimp. They can be boiled with or without the shell.
No need to rinse the shrimp as you may risk rinsing away the seasoning.
Over cooking the ingredients will result in a mushy meal, as well as using hot water while prepping.
Which sides are best with shrimp boils?
We personally like to eat my shrimp boil as is. Straight from the instant pot, oven, grill (in a foil).
If by a chance you find yourself wanting more to eat, you could have it with rice, seasoned fries, and macaroni salad. Also consider trying the following listed below:
More Favorite Instant Pot Dishes
If you love this instant pot shrimp boil recipe, try one of these other instant pot dishes next:
- Braised oxtail stew
- Haitian Legume recipe
- Instant Pot Cabbage Soup recipe
- Instant Pot Cabbage
- Instant Pot Chili Mac and Cheese
- Mashed Cauliflower Instant Pot Recipe
- Instant Pot Collard Greens
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Low Country Shrimp Boil Pot Recipe (Instant Pot Version)
- 1 ½ cups water
- 6 corn on the cob halves; fresh or frozen
- 1 lb. dynamic duo potatoes or medley potatoes; red and yellow potatoes mixed
- 1 pk. beef smoked sausage
- 1 tablespoon old bay seasoning
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 1 tbsp. cumin seeds or ground cumin
- salt and pepper to taste
- ½ cup honey
- 1 lb. raw jumbo shrimp 21/25, deveined, EZ-peel
- In a small bowl, combine the dry seasoning and set aside.Wash and drain the shrimp and set aside. Leave the shell on.Cut the sausage into desired size, or about 17 pieces. Set aside.Add the water, corn, potatoes, and sausage to the Instant Pot. Then add the dry seasoning and honey. Stir well to combine.
- Cover with the lid, seal, and pressure cook on high for 5 minutes.Once the time is up, quick-release. Remove the corn, sausage, and potatoes to avoid overcooking.
- Add the shrimp. Mix well. Cover with lid, seal, and pressure cook for 2 minutes. Quick-release once complete.Remove the shrimp from the pot and add it to the corn, potatoes, and sausage. Coat with liquid. Serve warm and enjoy!
How long would I cook the shrimp if they are frozen? Or should I defrost them first?
I definitely recommend that you defrost the shrimp first. You can do so under warm water and pressure cook it for about 2 minutes and quick release once complete. This will not affect the texture of the shrimp.
Fantastic! Cut recipe on half, wonderful. Ate this over rice.
Thank you Sandra!
What can I substitute, and how much, for the honey? I have a little one that can’t have honey yet, so I avoid cooking with it.
Recipe looks great!
Hi Cam, you can use maple syrup or any natural sweetener. Just be mindful it MAY alter the taste.
What if i wanted to add cabbage? Is this possible and if so how do i go about it? Thanks
You can add the cabbage when you cook the potatoes and corn. Thank you.
This looks so good, I can smell it through the screen! Us Marylanders love a good shrimp boil. The seasoning amounts looks perfect! Can’t wait to try it!
Thank you, April!