Steamed Shrimp and Asparagus (in the Instant Pot)

Steamed Shrimp and Asparagus

This isn’t so much of a recipe but rather a very quick experiment with the Instant Pot. I love quick and simple meals that make eating healthy easy. I also love shrimp and was curious how well the Instant Pot would cook them. 

I decided to see how it would go cooking asparagus and shrimp at the same time. I used Instant Pot’s cooking time guidelines where they recommend steaming frozen shrimp for 2 to 3 minutes. At 3 minutes the shrimp was slightly over cooked and the asparagus were limp and over cooked for my taste (I prefer my asparagus crunchy). Luckily I bought two bunches of asparagus so I could try this experiment a second time. Steaming the asparagus and shrimp for 2 minutes yielded a better cooked shrimp but still left the asparagus without a crunch.

Would I make this again? Yes. It’s simple, clean, and easy to make when you want to eat something healthy. Next time I would skip adding the fresh asparagus with the shrimp and saute them in a frying pan while the shrimp cooks. Or just make a salad with the shrimp so I don’t have to dirty another pan. If you don’t like your asparagus crunchy then you’ll probably like how they were cooked with the shrimp on 2 minutes. By no means were they bad just not crunchy.

**UPDATE** Setting the frozen shrimp on low pressure for 2 minutes yielded a perfectly cooked shrimp.

Steamed Shrimp and Asparagus (in the Instant Pot)


  • 1 pound peeled and deveined shrimp, frozen or fresh (I used medium sized shrimp, 21-25 shrimp per pound)
  • 1 bunch of asparagus
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • ½ tablespoon Cajun seasoning (or your seasoning of choice – lemon juice with salt and pepper would be delicious too)


  1. Add 1 cup of water to your Instant Pot.
  2. Insert the stainless steel steam rack that comes with your Instant Pot to the bottom of the pot with the handles up (or silicone steamer).
  3. Place the asparagus on the steam rack in a single layer (or silicone steamer) to act as a bed for your shrimp.
  4. Place the shrimp on top of the asparagus.
  5. Drizzle the olive oil over the shrimp and then season with the Cajun seasoning (or your seasoning of choice).
  6. Cover and lock the lid.
  7. Select “Steam” mode and press the “-” button until it reads 2 minutes and then select “Low Pressure” (the default is “High Pressure”). Also make sure to set the top knob to “Sealing” and not “Venting”. I used frozen shrimp so you’ll want to decrease the time to 1 minute for fresh shrimp.
  8. The Instant Pot will beep at you when it finishes cooking the shrimp.
  9. To avoid over-cooking, move the top knob from “Sealing” to “Venting” to manually release the pressure. Once all of the pressure releases the steam will no longer come out of the vent and you’ll be able to open the lid.

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13 thoughts on “Steamed Shrimp and Asparagus (in the Instant Pot)

  1. William Joslin says:

    The recipe says in step 8, “the instant pot will beep at you when it finishes cooking the salmon”. I’m assuming that is a typo?

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