Instant Pot Low Country Boil | Instant Pot Shrimp Boil

This Instant Pot Low Country Boil is the best and easiest recipe to make an Instant Pot Shrimp Boil. It’s delicious, gluten-free, and done in under 30 minutes!

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What Makes This Instant Pot Low Country Boil The Best?

  • Easy. This Instant Pot Low Country Boil Recipe is easily one of my most pinned recipes and with good reason. Well, maybe two reasons: shrimp done just right, and heavenly, buttery, garlicky, spicy sauce. And a bonus? You can make it in your Instant Pot and be eating it in half an hour!
  • Boiling Crab Copycat Sauce. My husband and I love going out to places like the Boiling Crab that do crab, sausage, shrimp, corn, and potatoes in a bag. In fact, I love it so much that I decided to learn to make it at home! This Instant Pot Shrimp Boil turned out to be much easier than I anticipated, and thanks to my Instant Pot it’s much faster as well.
  • Shrimp. Now in the past when I’ve made shrimp in the Instant Pot, I find it to be a little overcooked and mealy. For this Instant Pot Low Country Boil recipe, I just decided to quick-cook the shrimp in the residual heat from the broth, and it turned out perfectly. This truly is one of the tastiest Cajun shrimp and sausage dishes I’ve ever had, and I can’t wait for you to try it. Now let’s get to cooking!

Why Is It Called Low Country Boil?

If you’re like me, you’re not here for a history lesson, you’re here for a delicious sausage and shrimp boil recipe. And I promise I have exactly that for you.

But, some people may be curious as to why it’s called Low Country Boil. Without being terribly long-winded, here’s why:

It was originally named Frogmore Stew after an area in South Carolina named Frogmore where it was created. However, the postal service decided that it no longer recognized Frogmore as a town because of the small size and lack of population.

Once Frogmore was no longer around, the name slowly changed to become what many of us know as Low Country Boil.

What Is Another Name For Low Country Boil?

I’ll admit I rarely call this dish the same thing twice in a row. It has so many different names to describe the same dish and they all live side by side inside my head. Here are a few other names you may hear this Low Country Boil referred to as:

  • Shrimp Boil
  • Frogmore Stew
  • Beufort Stew
  • Beufort Boil
  • Shrimp and Sausage Boil
  • Seafood Boil

How to Make Instant Pot Low Country Boil

  1. Place sausage, potatoes, corn, Louisiana shrimp, and crab boil seasonings into the Instant Pot or electric pressure cooker.
  2. Boil corn, sausage, and potatoes with flavoring in the Instant Pot for 4 minutes at high pressure and then quick pressure release.
  3. When the vegetables are done, quick-cook the shrimp. Do NOT pressure cook the shrimp. Just add them to the hot broth and they will cook in the residual heat.
  4. Make the sauce by melting the butter, and then add all the seasonings to the butter. Don’t increase seasonings as there is so much salt in several of t hose seasonings. Add as directed first, and then you can adjust slowly.
  5. Add all the ingredients into the yummy sauce you just made. Toss everything to coat with the seasoned butter. This butter is the secret to a great tasting Instant Pot Low Country Boil, so do not skimp on this.
  6. Grab your fork, it’s time to eat!

Can I Make This Entire Instant Pot Shrimp Boil in the Instant Pot?

So this is Instant Pot + pan because you boil the sausage, corn, and potatoes in the Instant Pot, but I made the sauce in a pan on the stove as the Instant Pot is working.

There’s no reason why you couldn’t do both in the Instant Pot, but I needed dinner on the table fast, so I made the sauce in the pan while the Instant Pot came to pressure.

Stove Top Instructions For Low Country Boil

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  2. Add sausage and potatoes and cook for 10 minutes.
  3. Add corn and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
  4. Cook shrimp for an additional 3 minutes.
  5. Drain water.
  6. Add butter and spices.
  7. Finish with lemon.

Tips and Tricks for Making This Instant Pot Low Country Boil

  • Shrimp. It’s really, really important to not pressure cook the shrimp in this recipe.
  • Sauce. It’s ALL about the sauce in this recipe so don’t skimp on the butter and seasonings.
  • Double. Make a double batch of veggies, and just freeze half of them.
  • Low Carb. You can also make this shrimp without the veggies if you want a low carb, fast and easy stovetop recipe. Just shrimp and seasoned butter, and you’re good to go.

What Do You Serve With Low Country Boil?

If you’re not trying to keep things low carb, definitely serve some light, crusty bread with it to soak up all the sauce. I licked it off a spoon, as I tend to do, but it was calling out loudly for a little piece of bread.

Here are some other great southern-style recipes that would pair nicely with Shrimp Boil:

If you are trying to keep things low carb, you could use my Keto Bread recipe and serve it along with the shrimp boil recipe.

Can you Freeze This Instant Pot Shrimp Boil Recipe?

  • Bag in Bag. I froze the low country boil ingredients bag-in-bag. In one bag, I placed half of the corn, sausage, and potatoes, labeled and sealed it. In a second bag, I added the frozen shrimp. Then I put both those bags in a larger storage freezer bag. Make sure to label and date your storage bag.
  • Reheating. When it is time to thaw and cook the next time you want to make this Instant Pot Shrimp Boil, all your bulk ingredients are already together. You can add everything right into the Instant Pot, but make sure to add the shrimp last to only cook in the residual heat.

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Instant Pot Low Country Boil

This Instant Pot Low Country Boil is the best and easiest recipe to make an Instant Pot Shrimp Boil. It’s delicious, gluten-free, and done in under 30 minutes!

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Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Course: Main Courses

Cuisine: American

Keyword: Instant Pot Low Country Boil, instant pot shrimp boil, low country boil

Servings: 4

Calories: 459kcal

Author: Urvashi Pitre
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Ingredients

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Instructions

  • Place the sausage, corn, and potatoes in the pot and cover with water.

  • Add in the Louisiana Shrimp and Crab Boil Mix.
  • Set your Instant Pot to high pressure for 4 minutes.
  • Meanwhile in a pan over medium-high heat, melt the better.

  • Add minced garlic and sauté well while stirring, allowing the butter to boil and take on the garlic flavor.

  • Add all other spices and mix well, and taste it. Be sparing with these spices otherwise, your sauce will get quite salty. Most of the flavor will come from the butter and garlic, anyway, and you can add the plain hot sauce for heat if you need. Leave this sauce to warm in the pan. By this time your Instant Pot should be done.
  • Once your Instant Pot is done, perform a Quick Pressure Release, and open the lid carefully. Check to ensure the potatoes are cooked. Mine were very tender, but not mushy.
  • Throw in your shrimp and stir. As soon as the shrimp turn pink, take them out, and then take out the corn, potatoes, and sausage.

  • Put everything bit by into the sauce, stirring well to coat everything with the spiced butter goodness, starting with the shrimp so they have to cook just a little more.

  • Serve immediately and be prepared for everyone to want to dip their food into the sauce left in the serving pot.

  • Adjust this as you need to feed children or adults who can’t tolerate spice, by simply relying on butter, garlic, lemon juice, and lemon pepper to add flavor to the butter.

Stovetop Instructions

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil.

  • Add sausage and potatoes and cook for 10 minutes.

  • Add corn and cook for an additional 5 minutes.

  • Cook shrimp for an additional 3 minutes.

  • Drain water.

  • Add butter and spices.

  • Finish with lemon.

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Tips and Tricks for Making This Instant Pot Low Country Boil

  • Shrimp. It’s really, really important to not pressure cook the shrimp in this recipe.
  • Sauce. It’s ALL about the sauce in this recipe so don’t skimp on the butter and seasonings.
  • Double. Make a double batch of veggies, and just freeze half of them.
  • Low Carb. You can also make this shrimp without the veggies if you want a low carb, fast and easy stovetop recipe. Just shrimp and seasoned butter, and you’re good to go.

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Nutrition

Calories: 459kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 33g | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g

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Originally Published April 17, 2017

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