Instant Pot Shrimp Alfredo Pasta Recipe

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Easy one-pot Shrimp Alfredo Pasta in the Instant Pot!

I love a good Seafood Alfredo, especially when it is super easy and less expensive to make at home! This Shrimp Alfredo Pasta recipe requires only one pot, an Instant Pot to be exact, or any other good electric pressure cooker. It all cooks together perfectly to create a family-favorite pasta dinner!

If you love using your instant pot AND alfredo sauce dinners, be sure to check out my Easy Instant Pot Chicken Fettuccini Alfredo recipe too!

It is pretty awesome that you can saute, cook, and simmer all in the Instant Pot. Even more awesome is that the pasta, shrimp, and sauce all cook together in this recipe for some one-pot magic.

Fettuccine pasta is more likely to stick together when cooked in a pressure cooker (unless you use my trick as seen in this video), so bow-tie pasta (also known as farfalle) is a much better pasta option for this seafood Alfredo recipe. My kids usually prefer bow-tie to fettuccine anyway, so it’s all good.

Shrimp Alfredo Tips

The timing is pretty crucial in this recipe because you don’t want to overcook the shrimp and pasta. Otherwise you’ll end up with a big mushy pasta mess!

I got this particular recipe from the highly-rated cookbook, Great Food Fast. So here is my advice so you can enjoy success with this Instant Pot seafood Alfredo recipe too!

  • Be aware that it is easy to overcook.
  • Follow the recipe as written.
  • To be safe, you could reduce cooking time to 6 minutes instead of 7 minutes. If you think your pasta needs more time, simply put the lid back on and have it cook for another minute. It will come to pressure VERY quickly, since it’s already hot. Better to undercook and add time, then to overcook the first time!
  • Some of it will be personal preference. Some of it will vary slightly depending on your ingredients and your equipment.

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Instant Pot Shrimp Alfredo Pasta Recipe

This one-pot Instant Pot shrimp Alfredo pasta recipe will quickly become a family favorite!
4.67 / 5 ( 6 Reviews )
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 11 minutes
Total Time: 26 minutes
Serves: 4
Adjust Servings: 4


  • Pressure Cooker


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • cup diced red onion
  • 8 ounces bow-tie pasta
  • 12 ounces large frozen shrimp
  • 2 ½ cups chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
  • salt and pepper
  • chopped parsley diced fresh tomato, and Parmesan for garnish (optional)


  • On saute setting, heat oil and add onion. Saute until onion is translucent, about 3 minutes.
  • Add bow-tie pasta, shrimp, chicken broth, garlic, and Old Bay Seasoning. Secure the pressure cooker lid and set to cook on manual, high pressure for 7 minutes. Note that the cooker may take about 15 minutes or so to come to pressure, then the cooking timer will start. When cooking time is done, do a quick release to release the pressure.
  • Set the pressure cooker to saute mode and stir in the heavy cream, Parmesan, and flour. Salt and pepper to taste. Let simmer 2 minutes.
  • Sprinkle garnish over top, if using, and serve.

Recipe Notes

In place of heavy cream, low-fat milk and 1 teaspoon additional flour can be used.


Calories: 561kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 24g | Sodium: 1597mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g

Recipe Source: Great Food Fast: Bob Warden's Ultimate Pressure Cooker Recipes

Ingredients: All-purpose flour, Chicken Broth, Garlic, Heavy Cream, Old Bay Seasoning, Olive Oil, Onion, Parmesan, Parsley, Pasta, Pepper, Salt, Shrimp, Tomato
Meal Type: Main Dish, Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter
Categories: Pasta, Seafood, Instant Pot

Comments & Reviews

  • Should I buy pre-cooked shrimp for this recipe? I want to make it as soon as possible, maybe even tonight.

  • I used smaller shrimp but doubled the pasta but my batch seemed very runny. I added a ton of cheddar cheese to thicken it but not sure what I did wrong. Is only 1 tsp. flour correct? I’ve made some alfredo sauce type recipes before and I think it called for more flour. My bf likes the taste like it is though.

    • Hmm. It’s hard to say why it turned out runny. You could definitely try adding another teaspoon of flour and see if you like it better that way. I hope it goes better for you next time!

  • Can you use frozen shrimp precooked and a 22oz. jar of alfredo sauce?

    • I think precooked shrimp would end up overcooked if you add it to the Instant Pot, but if you warm it up and add it after the pasta is cooked, that might work. Really, if you are using precooked shrimp and jarred alfredo sauce, you only need to cook the pasta and just warm up the rest, so at that point, I’d just cook the pasta in the traditional way. 😉

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