Yes! You can create a quick shrimp RISOTTO in an Instant Pot (or any electric pressure cooker, for that matter) that turns out perfectly creamy and wonderful….in just 6 minutes! And I confess I was a doubter, too, when I first saw a pressure cooker risotto recipe. Could it really be true? In just 6 minutes?? I had to find out. One batch later, I was a believer and I’ve never looked back. Heavenly!
Quick Shrimp Risotto in your Instant Pot
You will be amazed at how quickly and easily this meal comes together, which is why I love my Instant Pot so very much! During even the busiest of weeks, I know I can have a quick, delicious meal on the table for my family. All I have to do is saute the rich aromatics with the rice right in the pot, then add broth and lock the lid. Minutes later, dinner is done!
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Tips for How to Make This Creamy Dinner Dish
First of all, don’t be afraid of the word “risotto”. Like I said, this is a quick shrimp risotto that won’t force you to stand over the stove stirring for 45 minutes. This is weeknight fast, people!
Secondly, you’ll notice in the recipe that I don’t pre-cook my shrimp. I simply toss them in at the end, stir, and serve! That’s because there is nothing worse than serving up a beautiful, creamy risotto, dotted with little pieces of chewy leather shrimp. Here’s your kitchen smack on shrimp- they only take a minute to cook to perfection. TRUST me. After you release the pressure on that Instant Pot, your rice and mushrooms will be more than hot enough to turn those little shrimps from an unsightly grey color to a rosy pink as soon as you stir them in. And rosy pink is just what you need to take this quick shrimp risotto from “whatever” to WOW!
Quick Shrimp Risotto… without the Shrimp
If you don’t love shrimp, don’t worry! This creamy, savory risotto is ready for you to make it whatever you want. Feel free to substitute your favorite meat in place of the shrimp. Cubed chicken (cooked and well-seasoned, please) would be a great crowd-pleaser (and kid-pleaser!). You might stir in some thick cut, cubed prosciutto. Or stay with the seafood theme and throw in lump crab, lobster, or scallops. What a treat!
However you make it, this quick shrimp risotto is a must-try for any Instant Pot owner out there. Serve it up with some hot, buttered Peasant Bread and a glass of wine… your guests will not be disappointed. (And they’ll never imagine that it only took 6 minutes!)
Printable Recipe for 6-Minute Creamy Shrimp Risotto:
6-Minute Creamy Shrimp Risotto
- 4 Tbs. unsalted butter
- 1 medium yellow onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 2 cups uncooked Arborio rice
- 1-2 tsp. Old Bay seasoning blend
- 2 cups thinly sliced baby bella mushrooms
- 1 cup dry white wine
- 5 cups chicken or vegetable broth
- 14 oz. can petite diced tomatoes, drained well
- 1 lb. raw small shrimp, deveined and shelled
- 12 oz. cream cheese, cubed and softened
- ½ cup chopped Italian parsley
- 1 cup freshly shredded Parmesan cheese, divided use
Using the sauté setting on your Instant Pot, heat butter to sizzling; stir in the onion, garlic, rice, Old Bay seasoning blend, and mushrooms; sauté for a minute or so. Deglaze the pot with the wine, then stir in the broth.
Securely lock the Instant Pot lid into place. Using the Instant Pot manual button, choose the high pressure setting for 6 minutes, bringing the Instant Pot to full pressure.
When the timer sounds, perform a quick release to remove all pressure from the Instant Pot. Carefully unlock and remove the lid; gently stir in the remaining ingredients (diced tomatoes, shrimp, and cream cheese) along with half of the Parmesan cheese and half of the parsley. Serve risotto at once, garnished with the remaining Parmesan cheese and additional Italian parsley, as desired.
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Around the Web
- How to Make Risotto 4 Ways (Jamie Oliver video)
- Risotto: One of Life’s Great Triumphs (Pioneer Woman)
- Mushroom Risotto in the Instant Pot (Good Dinner Mom)
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