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InstaPot Shrimp Risotto!

What do you get when you mix rice with cheese and butter?  Risotto!  There is nothing quite like risotto that is well made.  The buttery goodness of cheese and rice mixed with a few spices makes this one of my top foods on my comfort list.  The problem is that risotto takes time and patience; one misstep and you can have either risotto that either is a runny mess or comes out to the consistency of sticky rice.

Traditionally, to make risotto involves taking rice and pouring in chicken stock a little at a time, constantly stirring it until it is nice and creamy.  If you are imagining someone standing over a pot and constantly stirring and occasionally pouring in more stock, then you pretty much have a picture of what it takes to make perfect risotto.  When risotto is done right, it is almost like mac and cheese but lighter.  But once again, the work it takes to get there….

Luckily for me (and you), there is a simpler way if you own an instapot.  The result of this pressure cooker dish is pretty much dead on AND it involves much less work.  No one will be the wiser and everyone will love it (it’s kid approved too!).

Instapot Risotto with Shrimp

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Serves: 4 Cooking Time: 15 minutes


  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 1/2 cups of Arborio or other short grained rice
  • 2 tablespoons white wine (like Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc)
  • 4 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 pound deviened and peeled shrimp
  • 3/4 cup grated parmigiano cheese



In your instapot, melt 2 tablespoons of butter over "saute".


Add onion and garlic and saute until soft, about 3-4 minutes.


Add rice and cook, stirring 1 minute.


Add wine and cook until evaporated, 30 seconds.


Add 3 cups of broth and season with salt and pepper


Close the lid on the instapot, turn the saute function off and then touch the "rice" button.


When the instapot beeps, release the valve pressure and remove the lid.


Reset the instapot to saute and add the remaining chicken broth, shrimp and cheese,


Cook the shrimp until opaque, occasionally stirring (about 3 to 5 minutes).


While risotto is considered "elegant" and can be pricey depending on the ingredients, the cost of this dish is relatively cheap, if you know where to source the ingredients. Without the shrimp, the cost is about $6.00. Everything was bought at Costco with the exception of the onion, garlic and rice. A pound of deveined and peeled shrimp ($10.00) Parmesan (1 pound) ($9.00 or about $2.00 per dish) Onion ($.50) Butter ($1.50) Arborio rice ($2.00)


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