I love shrimp creole. It is easy to make, full of flavor, and also light, healthy, and great for those following a gluten-free diet. It starts with the holy trinity of Cajun/Creole cooking - celery, onion, and bell pepper, which is one of my favorite flavor combinations. The vegetables get sautéed in the Instant Pot® in a little olive oil, then the remaining ingredients are added to the Instant Pot® for a quick cook. When finished, the shrimp creole is served over hot rice.
The Instant Pot® made light work out of this dish, so light, that I had to make this three times to get the cooking time just right. Too much cooking time, and the shrimp is over cooked and rubbery. This happened on two out of three trials. One tip is to keep your shrimp frozen to help avoid overcooking. Since the vegetables are mostly finished by the time the shrimp is added, I only cooked the shrimp for 1 minute on high pressure. Should you do this and your shrimp is not fully cooked, turn the pot to sauté and stir frequently for about another minute, until all of the shrimp is fully cooked through.
Shrimp Creole in an Instant Pot®
1 bell pepper, diced
1 medium onion, chopped
2 stalks celery, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1-28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or to taste)
1 teaspoon thyme
1 bay leaf
1 pound frozen jumbo shrimp (peeled and deveined)
1. Set the Instant Pot® pressure cooker to sauté and heat olive oil. Add the vegetables and sauté for 3 minutes, or until they start to soften. Add tomato paste, stirring for about another minute.
2. Add crushed tomatoes, seasonings, and shrimp. Stir to combine. Cover with lid, making sure the valve is in the sealing position. Set the pot to manual - high pressure for 1 minute. When finished, do a quick pressure release by moving the valve to venting. Make sure the shrimp is fully cooked. If it isn't, set the pot to sauté and cook for about another minute, stirring constantly. Serve over rice.
Hi, I am Julie and welcome to Instantly Delicious. I am so glad you are here to share in my adventures with using an Instant Pot ® to make easy, nutritious, and Instantly Delicious food.
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