Transform a simple shrimp dinner into an Instant Pot favorite! Instant Pot Shrimp Scampi is done in 25 minutes from start to finish and cooks perfectly every single time. Super delicious dinner option for those busy nights!
Seafood makes me swoon. All I have to do is think about lobster or scallops or crab meat or shrimp and I begin to salivate. I could eat seafood alllllll day long, no joke. And it's so dang easy to cook! Let me rephrase that. It cooks so quickly! I think the reason a lot of seafood haters are seafood haters is because they overcook it! Overcooked seafood is no bueno. Perfectly cooked seafood is THE BEST.
Shrimp Scampi is one of those super simple and easy meals that is perfect for busy week nights. And when you throw it all into an Instant Pot? It all gets cooked in a single pot in 25 minutes. It's a busy mom's dream! I about FELL off my stool when I tasted this dish. The flavor was ridiculous and the noodles and shrimp were absolutely perfectly cooked. If you love your pressure cooker and shrimp as much as I do, put this recipe on your list!
HOW TO MAKE SHRIMP SCAMPI IN AN INSTANT POT
Set your Instant Pot to saute function. Add the olive oil and butter and let heat for 2 minutes. Add the parsley and garlic and cook until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Add the 1/2 cup dry white wine, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes. Let heat for 3 minutes and add 2 pounds peeled and deveined shrimp to the pot. Cook until the shrimp is bright pink in color, approximately 5 minutes. Remove the shrimp from the pot, leaving the juices.
Add a can of chicken broth or chicken stock and lemon juice. Deglaze the pot (scrape pieces from the bottom using a spoon). Break 12 ounces of angel hair pasta in half and place in the pot, separating the noodles as much as possible with fork tongs, making sure they are completely covered with liquid. Do not stir the mixture after this point!
Place the cover on the pot and set the timer to 5 minutes on high pressure (use the pressure cook setting). It will take the Instant Pot around 6 minutes to build up pressure before it begins cooking.
When cooking is done, do an immediate quick release. Remove the cover and add shrimp back to the pot. Mix well and let sit in the pot 5 minutes before serving. Top with parsley and red pepper flakes and salt and pepper, to taste. Serve with lemon wedges.
RECIPE TIPS: HOW DO YOU MAKE SHRIMP SCAMPI THE BEST ON THE BLOCK?
Starting with frozen shrimp works just great for this recipe! Be sure to defrost the shrimp first by placing the unopened bag into a sink or bowl filled with hot water. This should take 20-30 minutes.
Replace the angel hair pasta with spaghetti or another type of pasta, if desired. Or replace cooked pasta altogether with a cup of uncooked rice. Pasta or rice will work great!
A dry white wine that isn't TOO dry tastes best in shrimp scampi. Great options include pinot grigio, marsala, sauvignon blanc and chardonnay.
The red pepper flakes in the recipe creates just a perfect bit of spice. For a spicier meal, add extra! Yum! For a mild meal, omit the red pepper flakes altogether.
WHAT GOES WITH SHRIMP SCAMPI?
Shrimps Scampi is a great, filling dinner option on its, but if you're looking for a side dish to serve alongside it, consider these yummy options:
A delicious chopped salad!
Sauteed cabbage is a great side for literally just about any meal on the planet.
My favorite EASY asparagus side!
Garlic bread or bread sticks, yummmm.
HOW TO MAKE SHRIMP SCAMPI WITHOUT WINE
If you don't have white wine on hand, feel free to replace it with equal parts of any of the following: chicken stock or broth, dry sherry or vegetable stock.
COOKING SHERRY VS DRINKING SHERRY
Both cooking and drinking sherry will work for any recipe, but there are a few notable differences to consider. Cooking sherry is sold on supermarket shelves for cooking-use only, and it is not something you would drink on its own. Sodium is added to cooking sherry to create a longer shelf life, so when it is used for cooking salt may need to be added to the recipe (after taste-testing).
Another good reason to choose cooking sherry is its affordability! Drinking Sherry has a short shelf life once it is opened, and should be enjoyed within a week of opening. Drink it quickly after using it in your recipe or it’ll go to waste.
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BEST RECIPES TO MAKE IN AN INSTANT POT
The list of recipes you can make in an Instant Pot is endless! It can act as a slow cooker, saute pan, steamer, rice maker, yogurt maker and pressure cooker. It can cook soup, chili, pasta, meat, potatoes, veggies, cake, beans and so much more. Here are a few of my favorite Instant Pot recipes: