3-minute Instant Pot Shrimp Scampi with angel hair pasta, cooked in a fragrant shallot-wine broth, topped with capers and fresh parsley!
**THIS RECIPE HAS BEEN UPDATED AS OF 10/23/19. PLEASE READ ALL INSTRUCTION NOTES BELOW!**
It’s been two years since I purchased my Instant Pot after a sad incident with my slow cooker, and all I can think is this magic pot never ceases to amaze me!
Just the other day I wondered if I could pull off my all-time favorite shrimp scampi, with the pasta and all of course. I mean, I have made this Instant Pot Hamburger Helper recipe before and lots of Instant Pot Mac and Cheese, so clearly making pasta isn’t a problem here, but the angel hair pasta could potentially take a different turn.
Well, it didn’t!
I had seen lots of Instant Pot Shrimp Scampi online but none of them included the pasta. I was curious and ultimately doubtful whether the thin spaghetti would hold it’s shape but the good news is that it can totally work and I am going to show you how!
How To Make The Perfect Instant Pot Shrimp Scampi (With Angel Hair Pasta!)
First off you must sauté the shrimp which can be partially frozen. Melted butter, olive oil, fragrant shallots, garlic and white wine make for a flavorful base for the scampi. Once the shrimp is seasoned and starting to soften you remove from the pot and set aside.
NOTE: In updated instructions you have the option to leave the shrimp in the pot after sautéing and adding pasta and liquids on top**
Now you prepare the base for the pasta by adding two cups of broth. Add broken pasta and make sure it is fully immersed in the broth. Also try to separate the pasta the best you can. **THIS IS A CRUCIAL STEP** Please take the time to stir the uncooked pasta so the noodles have less of a chance of getting stuck!
The shrimp will then be added on top as well as red pepper flakes and capers. Half of the people I know do not like capers, so that’s totally optional. I personally could eat capers right out of the jar, haha.
Set the instant pot to cook on high pressure for three minutes. Release remaining pressure when time is up.
would you like to cook more shrimp recipes without the instant pot? here are my favorites!
Sheet Pan Mediterranean Shrimp (healthy, 20-minutes)
Cajun Shrimp Cauliflower Rice (whole30, gluten-free, 20-min)
Shrimp Corn Skillet (easy, healthy, GF, 22-minutes)
Shrimp Mozambique (spicy, 20-minutes)
You will need to spend a few minutes stirring the pasta to separate any that has stuck together, before transferring to a serving dish. There will be a small amount of liquid left in the pot that you can pour over the pasta and shrimp.
The last final touches include a handful of fresh parsley, more pepper/ red pepper flakes to taste and lots of parmesan cheese.
I’ll say… the instant pot has once again impressed this seasoned cook. I will take a 3-minute shrimp scampi cooked from practically frozen with pasta and all, any day of the week.
I have taken note of all your comments, success and failures and have tried this recipe again and again. I hope this update will bring a lot more successes and delicious food on your plate!
Instant Pot Shrimp Scampi
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 whole shallots, minced
- 1/4 cup white wine
- 2 lb peeled shrimp
- 12 oz angel hair pasta, broken in half
- 3 cups chicken stock
- 1/2 whole fresh lemon
- 1 pinch sea salt and pepper, to taste
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1 tbsp fresh parsley
- 2 tbsp capers (optional)
- Turn the instant pot on sauté mode. Melt butter, add oil, garlic and shallots. Sauté for 2-3 minutes until fragrant. Add wine and cook until reduced (3 mins). Add shrimp, season with salt, pepper and pepper flakes. Sprinkle with fresh lemon and continue to sauté until shrimp is well coated.
- Remove shrimp from pot* and add in chicken stock and pasta. Separate the pasta the best you can** Top with shrimp and cover the pot. Cancel sauté mode and turn the instant pot on high for 3-minutes.
- When time is up quickly release all pressure. Open the instant pot, add capers (optional) and stir. Season with fresh parsley and serve with fresh parmigiana cheese.