One of the easiest dishes that I make is this Shrimp Scampi Paella, made in the Instant Pot (a modern day pressure cooker). My husband says it’s the best thing I have ever made, like ever! He asks me to make this a lot.

And by easy, I mean there is little prep work and lots of throwing ingredients in. I have short cuts that I share in the video.

And then when you are done throwing in all the ingredients into the Instant Pot, you simply walk away and… wash your hair or catch up on some Netflix. When you return, you will be treated to a house full of an amazing aroma of cooked shrimp paella.

This dish tastes like it came straight from a fancy restaurant so go ahead and fool your hubby or dinner guests. Or pretend that you slaved all day in the kitchen making this. They won’t know and I won’t tell!

A word of caution: your kids may or may not like this dish as my 5 year old daughter doesn’t. But if they have sophisticated palettes, they might.

instant pot shrimp scampi paella

Instant Pot Shrimp Scampi Paella

Shrimp Paella is soooo easy to make in the Instant Pot. Just dump ingredients and leave. When you return, you'll have an amazingly, impressive dish to serve!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Spanish
Keyword: Instant Pot, Shrimp
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 cup jasmine rice
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 1 lemon (juice)
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 4 cloves crushed or chopped garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pinch red pepper
  • 1 pinch saffron or turmeric
  • 1 pound frozen shrimp with shells on

Instructions

  • Throw all ingredients into the Instant Pot, leaving the frozen shrimp last and on top of other ingredients.
  • Close lid, set to seal. Cook for 5 minutes on high pressure.
  • When the timer goes off, do a quick release. Serve.

Notes

The Shrimp Scampi Paella may come out liquidy at first but as it cools off, the liquid will thicken into a sauce.
Original recipe from Health Starts in the Kitchen.