This Instant Pot Shrimp Scampi comes together in 30 minutes! Simply add frozen shrimp to butter, garlic and lemon juice, then pressure cook with pasta.
Ingredients in shrimp scampi
Nothing is better than the combination of pasta, seafood, and a delicious buttery sauce.
These dishes can sometimes require multiple steps and may seem hard to get right. The pasta and shrimp have to be cooked just right, and timing is crucial to bring the whole dish together.
Thankfully, using an Instant Pot takes all the worry out of the cooking process. You don’t even have to sautè anything first. Everything goes in the liner together and is ready all at the same time.
Here’s what you need for this easy recipe.
- Frozen shrimp – make sure to use frozen so the shrimp don’t overcook
- Frozen peas – adds a little color to the dish
- Rotini pasta (uncooked) – the pasta will cook using the liquid in the Instant Pot
- Chicken broth – provides the liquid for the recipe with more flavor than water
- Parmesan cheese – makes everything creamy when melted in the pasta
- Lemon juice and zest – adds brightness and tang
- Parsley – helps balance the flavors
- Garlic – no pasta recipe is complete with it
- Chili flakes – for a touch of heat (optional)
- Butter and olive oil – the base for the sauce and helps it coat the pasta
- Salt and pepper – simple seasoning enhances the natural flavors
How to make Instant Pot shrimp scampi
This shrimp recipe is so easy to make. Follow these steps for a delicious meal with tons of flavor!
- Put your butter and olive oil in first, then add the frozen shrimp. Layer in the garlic, lemon juice, zest, salt and pepper, peas, pasta, and broth. Seal your Instant Pot and cook on high for 3 minutes with a quick release.
- Stir in the parmesan cheese and parsley until well combined.
- Add in chili flakes if you would like.
- Garnish with extra parsley and lemon slices if you would like. Enjoy!
Whether you want a romantic meal for two or dinner for the whole family, this Instant Pot shrimp scampi is guaranteed to leave everyone satisfied.
Because this dish is so simple, there isn’t much you need to substitute.
If you’re not a fan of peas, you can replace those with sliced mushrooms or chopped red bell peppers.
You can also add more seafood. Scallops, lobster, or more shrimp will work well.
Frequently asked questions
Why use frozen shrimp?
The main reason to use frozen shrimp is because of the cooking time and method. Fresh shrimp would likely come out rubbery, and no one likes that!
Frozen shrimp is often cheaper than fresh and always available, making it budget-friendly.
It is also usually already peeled and deveined, which saves you prep time.
Can you use different pasta shapes?
Yes, you can replace the rotini with any similarly sized sturdy noodle.
Penne, fusilli, and rigatoni are great substitutes.
Avoid more delicate options like spaghetti and angel hair. This kind will stick together and may come out a little mushy.
What do you serve with shrimp scampi?
Because this dish is very rich in flavor, keep your sides simple. A tossed green salad will add freshness to the plate.
Steamed or sautéed vegetables like broccoli or zucchini would also go well. A little oil or butter and salt and pepper are all you need for seasoning.
And don’t forget the garlic bread! That always goes well with any pasta dish.
Storing, reheating and freezing the meal
This shrimp recipe can be stored for-5 days in the refrigerator. Use an airtight container to make sure it stays fresh.
To reheat, follow these directions based on what you will be using:
- Microwave: It is best to reheat the shrimp separately so it doesn’t become tough and rubbery. Remove the shrimp and add a splash of water to the pasta. Heat on high for 1-2 minutes, then heat the shrimp for about 20 seconds and add back into the pasta.
- Stovetop: Warm a little bit of oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the leftovers and stir until heated all the way through. You can also do this in your Instant Pot using the Sauté button. Make sure to stir constantly as the pot gets hotter than a pan on the stove will.
It is not recommended to freeze this shrimp recipe. When thawed and reheated, the pasta will be mushy and the shrimp with have a tough, rubbery texture.
More Instant Pot pasta recipes
- Instant Pot Tuscan chicken pasta – delicious creamy garlic sauce with spinach and sundried tomatoes
- Instant Pot Mac and cheese – loaded with three kinds of cheese and a velvety sauce
- Instant Pot Goulash – a spin on a Hungarian classic for a heart family meal
Meal prep tools for this recipe
- Grab some glass meal prep bowls if you plan on turning this shrimp scampi into your weekly lunches.
- Freeze this recipe in glass microwave-safe bowls up to 3 months
Instant Pot Shrimp Scampi
- 3 tbsp butter
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 lb frozen shrimp
- 8 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1 tbsp lemon zest
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 2 cups frozen peas
- 1 lb rotini pasta
- 3 cups chicken broth
- 1/2 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley, plus more to serve
- Chili flakes, to serve
- Add butter and olive oil to the bottom of Instant Pot. Add frozen shrimp on top (ensure they are frozen!), followed by garlic, lemon juice, lemon zest, salt & pepper, peas, pasta and broth, pushing pasta underneath the liquid as much as possible.
- Place lid on Instant Pot and make sure valve is set to seal. Press the pressure cook button and set to high, then cook for 3 minutes. Instant Pot will take about 5-10 minutes to come to pressure then pressure cook for 3 minutes.
- Do a quick release of the pressure on the Instant Pot by flicking the switch at the top with a spoon. Open the lid when pressure gauge has dropped and the lid opens easily.
- Stir in parmesan cheese and parsley, then garnish with extra parsley and chili flakes (optional). Serve and enjoy!