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Garlic Butter Shrimp and Rice in Instant Pot

Looking for a simple yet delicious shrimp and rice recipe? This Garlic Butter Shrimp and Rice in Instant Pot is super easy to make for  weeknight dinner with a side of veggies or meal prepped for the week!

garlic butter shrimp rice in instant pot

Garlicky. Buttery, Salty… with a hint of spice and cheese.

YASSS!!!!

Why are you gonna love this garlic butter shrimp and rice in Instant Pot?

  • All good things here. Garlic, butter, Rice, Shrimp
  • One pot to clean up <—- my favorite
  • Meal prep for the week
  • All pantry ingredients
  • Kid friendly
  • Easy
  • Ready in 20 minutes
  • Tastes amazing

There is something about carbs paired with garlicky goodness <—- Garlic bread. Air Fryer Garlic Bread, Garlic Knots, Garlic bread grilled cheese,   Mushroom Fried Rice, Pita Chips Recipe from Scratch, Garlic fries…….H-E-A-V-E-N

A quick run through of the ingredients to make this instant pot rice with shrimp:

  1. Shrimp – Use fresh or frozen. To thaw frozen shrimp – Place shrimp in a large bowl and fill the bowl with cold or room temperature water. Let it sit for about 10 minutes until thawed (the time will depend on the quantity of shrimp). Drain shrimp and pat dry with paper towels. Try our most popular Instant Pot Shrimp Fried Rice
  2. Butter – unsalted. If using salted butter then reduce salt when adding to the chicken stock
  3. Garlic – A good amount of finely minced garlic. Love garlic? You will love this Soft Garlic Knots or this fast and easy Crazy Good Garlic Butter Ramen Noodles
  4. Chicken stock – I used 33% reduced sodium chicken stock. If using regular sodium or no sodium chicken stock then adjust salt accordingly. If you have leftover chicken stock, then you could try using it in Instant Pot Creamy Tuscan Chicken Soup or Spicy Cilantro Lime Rice with Black Beans and Corn
  5. Seasoning – Salt, pepper, red pepper flakes and parsley.

How to make Garlic butter shrimp and rice in Instant pot?

Step-1: Heat Instant Pot to saute mode. Add butter and minced garlic, cook 1-2 minutes until pale golden.

Step-3: Press cancel, stir in shrimp, rice, chicken stock, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes. Cook (refer notes below to check the cooking time)

Step-4: Stir in grated parmesan and parsley.

Done and DONE.

Sometimes to most simplest of recipes are the most delicious.

Creamy Instant Pot Mac and Cheese —> Weeknight family favorite recipe

How to make non-mushy shrimp and rice recipe in Instant pot? 

It totally depends on your rice, yes!  Not all brands, packages of rice are the same though they all say basmati rice in the package —> Some need more water and some less. Some need more cooking time and some less. 

How do we solve this? I came up with two different cooking methods for you (you are welcome!). So, which method is right for you? 

Cooking method-1 

  • If you have tried this recipe already and you have had great success. Just stick to this. 
  • If you cook different rice recipes in your Instant pot and use the rice setting and love the way the rice gets cooked , then this is right for you. 

Cooking method-2

  • If you have tried this recipe before and had a mushy outcome, then go for this. 
  •  If you are not sure about your rice or cooking method

Another important note for cooking rice in instant pot —–> It depends on the size of your Instant pot. 

I tried making this garlic butter shrimp and rice in Instant pot in a 3-quart Instant pot and a 8-quart Instant Pot. Result? Fried rice in 8-quart was much more firmer that the 3-quart. So, if you a own a larger Instant Pot, then use that for firmer rice. 

garlic butter shrimp rice in instant pot

Why is shrimp perfect for weeknight dinners?

  • They are always stocked in the freezer. 
  • Thaws quick (refer notes)
  • Cooks in minutes
  • Family favorite
  • Most importantly…delicious

Instant pot rice with shrimp are so amazing. Shrimp cooks quick and tender <— Winner! 

Instant Pot Thai Curry Soup with Shrimp and Sweet Potato <— another delicious one

Can you make garlic butter shrimp and rice on the stove top? 

Absolutely!!! You can easily make this rice on the stove top.

Step-1: Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic, cook until pale golden.

Step-2: Stir in rice, shrimp, stock, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes.

Step-3: Cover, bring to simmer, then lower heat to low so the water is simmering gently. Cook for 15 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat, leave lid on and rest for 10 minutes for the residual liquid to be absorbed.

Step-4: Stir in remaining 1 tablespoon butter,  parmesan and parsley.

garlic butter shrimp rice in instant pot

Love shrimp? More easy shrimp recipes for dinner:

Instant Pot Shrimp Pasta with Tomato Cream Sauce 

Indian Butter Shrimp

Easy Sushi Bowl

Shrimp with Sun Dried Tomato Cream Sauce

Recipe for Breaded Shrimp in Air Fryer

Shrimp Fried Rice in Instant Pot

Tuscan Shrimp and Spinach Soup

Shrimp and Broccoli Stir Fry

Shrimp Avocado Sandwich

garlic butter shrimp rice in instant pot
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3.88 from 62 votes

Garlic Butter Shrimp and Rice in Instant Pot

Looking for a simple yet delicious instant pot shrimp and rice recipe? This Garlic Butter Shrimp and Rice in Instant Pot is super easy to make for weeknight dinner with a side of veggies or meal prepped for the week! 
Prep Time7 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time22 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: garlic butter shrimp and rice, garlic shrimp and rice, instant pot shrimp rice
Servings: 4
Author: Maria Doss

Ingredients

  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided (room temperature)
  • 6 cloves garlic, finely chopped

Group-1

Group-2

  • 3 tablespoons grated paremsan
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley or (2 tablespoons fresh)

Instructions

  • Press Instant Pot to saute mode. When hot, add 4 tablespoons butter and chopped garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally for about 1 to 2 minutes. We want  the garlic to turn pale golden (not any darker). 
  • Press cancel, stir in all group-1 ingredients and stir well. Close Instant pot, lock lid and set valve to sealing,  (Refer notes below to see which method is right for you).
  • Cooking Method-1 : Select rice mode. (This is an automatic setting and mine took 12 minutes). When cook time is done, let the Instant pot be in warm mode for 4 minutes. When 4 minutes is done, turn valve to vent and let pressure release.Press cancel and open lid. 
  • Cooking Method-2 : Cook for 3 minutes on manual mode. When cook time is done, let it be in warm mode for 10 minutes (for al dente rice) and 15 minutes (for more softer rice). When cooking time is done, turn valve to vent and let pressure release.Press cancel and open lid. 
  • Gently stir in remaining 1 tablespoon butter, grated parmesan and parsley. 

Notes

1.Which cooking method is right for you? 
 
Cooking method-1 
 
  • If you have tried this recipe already and you have had great success. Just stick to this. 
  • If you cook different rice recipes in your Instant pot and use the rice setting and love the way the rice gets cooked , then this is right for you. 
Cooking method-2
 
  • If you have tried this recipe before and had a mushy outcome, then go for this. 
  • If you are not sure about your rice or cooking method. 
2. Another important note for cooking rice in instant pot —–> It depends on the size of your Instant pot. 
 
   – I tried making this recipe in a 3-quart Instant pot and a 8-quart Instant Pot. Result? Fried rice in 8-quart was much more firmer that the 3-quart. So, if you a own a larger Instant Pot, then use that for firmer rice. 
 
3.Rice – any long grain white basmati rice can be used. Rinse rice in a colander until water runs clear. Let it hang out in the strainer at least for 5 minutes, to drain almost all the water. 
 
4.Shrimp – Fresh or thawed frozen shrimp may be used. To thaw frozen shrimp – Place shrimp in a large bowl and fill the bowl with cold or room temperature water. Let it sit for about 10 minutes until thawed (the time will depend on the quantity of shrimp). Drain shrimp and pat dry with paper towels. 
 
5.Salt – Please adjust salt according to your taste. I used 33% less sodium chicken stock and found 3/4 teaspoon to be perfect for this shrimp and rice recipe. If you are using regular sodium chicken stock, then reduce salt. 
 
 

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Recipe Rating




Margaret

Monday 30th of May 2022

Hi! I'm making this tonight for the first time and am going to try 2 additional ideas: I'm going to add vermicelli and then toast the rice and vermicelli in the butter before adding the rest of the ingredients. This will make it more like Rice A Roni and toasting the rice and vermicelli will add more flavor. I'll let you know how it turns out!

Margaret

Thursday 2nd of June 2022

@Maria Doss, so...I need to get the liquid level correct to make up for the added pasta (vermicelli), but...toasting the rice in the garlic butter added a great level of flavor. And since my shrimp needed to be peeled & deveined, I tossed the shells in a pot with some water and simmered them for 15-20 minutes to make a quick, unsalted shrimp stock. I used 1/2 shrimp stock and 1/2 chicken stock and the whole thing was extra yummy (obviously, the original recipe was an excellent base to start with!).

Maria Doss

Tuesday 31st of May 2022

Sure Margaret, sounds delicious, Maria

Paige

Tuesday 26th of April 2022

Delicious and so easy!!

Maria Doss

Tuesday 26th of April 2022

Yay!

Sandy

Wednesday 14th of April 2021

I cooked this using both methods for the rice...neither one was good, in my opinion! Not enough flavor, the rice was dry even though I added extra broth. Ate the dry shrimp and threw the rest away...again!! ☹️

Maria Doss

Wednesday 14th of April 2021

Hi Sandy, I'm so sorry that you did not like this recipe. This is an extremely popular reader favorite since it was shared. However, I understand that opinions differ - Maria

Denise

Tuesday 13th of April 2021

This dish is so good!! The rice and shrimp are cooked perfectly and the flavor is amazing! It's definitely one of my favorites. :)

Fay

Saturday 27th of February 2021

Hi, would this work with jasmine rice too?

Maria Doss

Sunday 28th of February 2021

Absolutely!! We recommend using cooking method-2 for jasmine rice (you can check out more details on cooking instant pot jasmine rice here - https://www.rachelcooks.com/2018/06/07/instant-pot-jasmine-rice/), Maria