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Instant Pot Low Country Boil

The easiest and most delicious shrimp boil, made in an instant pot.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 515kcal


  • Instant Pot or Ninja Foodi


  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 finely diced green bell pepper
  • 1 finely diced onion
  • 6-8 minced garlic cloves, divided
  • 1.5 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning 3 tsp
  • 1-2 teaspoon salt start with 1, add more after cooking and tasting if you think it needs
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
  • 2 lemons squeezed, juice divided
  • 1.5 lb baby red potatoes, larger ones cut in half 600g
  • 2-3 ears corn, cut into quarters
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 lime leaves (optional)
  • 10-12 oz sausage cut into 2 inch pieces 300g
  • 2 lbs large frozen shrimp or prawns, peeled and deveined but tail on 1 kg
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup vegetable stock 1 vegetable stock cubed dissolved into a cup of water, can also sub chicken stock
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter 85g
  • 1 handful parsley, chopped


  • Turn the Instant Pot onto saute mode, and add the olive oil. Let it heat up briefly then add the diced green bell pepper, the onion, and half the garlic.
  • Add the Old Bay seasoning, salt, coriander powder, onion powder, celery salt, and stir to combine and saute for a couple minutes until softened.
  • Add half the lemon juice, the baby potatoes, the corn, bay leaves and lime leaves if using, sausage, frozen shrimp, water, and vegetable stock.
  • Close the Instant Pot, making sure the valve is set to seal, and cook on high pressure for 3 minutes. It'll take time to come to pressure. Once the 3 minute cooking time is over, manually release the pressure in order to open the Instant Pot immediately so that the shrimp doesn't overcook.
  • Add the remaining lemon juice, remaining minced garlic, butter, and the chopped parsley and stir.
  • Enjoy immediately, either plain, or with some rice or some crusty bread!



You can use fresh shrimp instead of frozen, and shell on or shell off shrimp. Cooking time will remain the same.
Feel free to switch up the spices however you like. If you don't have anything you can leave it out (Except for the Old Bay, that's pretty essential!)


Calories: 515kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 329mg | Sodium: 1652mg | Potassium: 1153mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 546IU | Vitamin C: 28mg | Calcium: 149mg | Iron: 3mg