Easy Shrimp Bisque Instant Pot Recipe

This easy shrimp bisque instant pot recipe is the perfect starter for a special occasion or for any night of the week. Ingredients can be kept on hand so this delicious soup can be made in just 30 minutes!

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shrimp bisque ingredients

So, I have a confession to make. This soup didn’t start out as shrimp bisque.

But when I got to the grocery store, they were out of the seafood I wanted for this soup.

Crabmeat. Lump crab meat to be exact.

Substituting with shrimp worked out pretty well – my hubby prefers shrimp over crab!

Anyway, the ingredient list is simple. Except for the seafood, seafood stock, and the Old Bay, you probably have everything else.

list of ingredients:

  • frozen shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • seafood broth
  • half and half or heavy cream
  • white wine
  • chopped carrot
  • medium onion
  • garlic cloves
  • scallion onions
  • Old Bay seasoning
  • bay leaf
  • butter and olive oil
  • corn starch
  • salt and pepper (optional: tiny pinch of cayenne pepper)

my favorite kitchen tools

There are a couple of kitchen tools that I use every single day. They are basic tools and you might already have them. If you don’t, I have gathered some of my favorite tools together for you!

  • wooden cutting board
  • chef’s knife
  • measuring cups
  • immersion blender
  • Instant Pot

Ingredients for shrimp bisque Instant Pot recipe sitting on the counter including tools for the recipe.

how to make shrimp bisque in an Instant Pot

The Instant Pot is changing how I make some of our meals. Since I have had my Instant Pot, I have made yogurt (it’s so easy and soooo good!), steel-cut oatmeal, lemon chicken tenders for salads, spaghetti sauce, and of course, soups.

Here are some of the soups (and sauces) I have made. They are easy and delicious, belly-filling bowls of goodness!

Let’s get started on the shrimp bisque before I get too off track!

Turn the Instant Pot to the Saute function and throw in the chopped carrots, onion, and scallion white sections in half of the butter and the olive oil. Stay close because the veggies will cook quickly! Use a wooden spoon to prevent the veggies from sticking.

Remove the veggies and put them in a separate bowl. Add the shrimp and saute till they are pink and cooked through.

Remove the shrimp when they are finished cooking through. Leave the juices that shrimp produced in the Instant Pot.

Cooked shrimp sitting on a cutting board along with Instant Pot, wooden spoon, chefs knife, straining spoon and other supplies for shrimp bisque.

Now it’s time to add the liquids. Pour in the seafood stock, the white wine, the seasonings, and the bay leaf.

Set the Instant Pot to the Soup setting, change the time to 15 minutes and turn the knob to Sealing. Cooking with the pressure in the Instant Pot speeds up the process. In only 15 minutes, you will have the cooked all-day taste. The seasonings blend in so nicely with the stock and the wine.

When the timer is finished, allow the pressure to release naturally. To speed this up you can also do a quick release. Be very careful if you do this – the steam is hot!! And in no way should you take the lid off before the pressure has completely released.

instant pot quick-release method

Instant Pot Quick Release Method!

Use a thick folded towel to turn the knob to Venting. Do this carefully! Steam will come out and it is very hot.

Make sure the steam is not in the direction of the upper cabinets in your kitchen. Please take my word on this!!

When the pressure is completely released, remove the lid and grab your immersion blender!

It’s the best kitchen tool I have ever purchased. Ok, maybe that’s an exaggeration. But seriously, I use this immersion blender every day for my smoothie breakfast.

And it’s great for creamy soups like this shrimp bisque! Just place it inside the stainless tub of the Instant Pot and blend away!

***Keep the immersion blender below the surface of the liquid. It gets messy if you come above the surface and this soup is hot!!

Next, throw the shrimp back in!

Oh, hold it!! I forgot to tell you to remove the tail shells and cut the shrimp to the desired size. In my case, I cut them in half.

Chopped shrimp, chefs knife, green onions all sitting on a cutting board.

how to thicken shrimp bisque

Many people like to use flour to thicken soups. I like to use cornstarch for thickening. Mix the cornstarch into the cold half-and-half or heavy cream. Whisk until it is completely mixed.

It’s important to know that you cannot mix cornstarch with hot liquids. It will not mix and gets extremely lumpy. Always mix it in a cold liquid.

Whisk the half and half/corn starch mixture into the soup. Bring to a boil using the saute function and allow it to boil for a couple of minutes until it is thickened.

Using heavy cream in this seafood soup turns it into a delicious creamy soup that will warm you to the core!


Supplies used to cream the shrimp bisque including corn starch, half and half, whisk and the Instant Pot.

how to serve shrimp bisque

I made sourdough flatbread to go along with the shrimp bisque. Lisa from Farmhouse on Boone knows all things sourdough and that is where I found the recipe. Here is the link to this recipe:

Sourdough Flat Bread

I did make an addition to the flatbread: roasted garlic butter! Omgoodness, this stuff is amazing!!

You can always find roasted garlic cloves in my freezer. It’s so easy to make in the Instant Pot (or crock pot) In fact, hop over to my Instagram highlights to see how I do it! Here is the link for the highlight: Roasted Garlic in the Crock Pot

This compound butter is easy to make – mash the roasted garlic with the butter, add a little salt and pepper, and maybe even any spices that would go with your meal!

I spread the garlic butter on the flatbread and topped it with shredded parmesan cheese. It was perfect with the soup when we had it for dinner!

Roasted garlic and butter sitting on a granite counter top for garlic butter for bread.

additional ideas for a seafood bisque recipe

As I was making this shrimp bisque for the first time, I had a few other ideas about the recipe that I thought you might enjoy.

  • make your own shrimp stock from the shrimp shells if you decide to purchase either fresh or frozen shrimp with the shells still on
  • add tomato paste for additional flavor and color
  • make an easy substitution of lobster and you will have a delicious lobster bisque
  • use chicken broth to make up the difference for the smaller amount of seafood stock
  • make a traditional bisque by using lump crab meat
  • purchase store-bought crusty bread instead of making your own
  • double the recipe for a large group
  • add a squeeze of lemon juice for lots of flavor

creamy shrimp bisque

Here is an option when making this great shrimp bisque recipe if you don’t have an instant pot.

Use a large dutch oven and follow the steps I’ve listed here. Use medium heat when cooking the veggies first and then the shrimp.

Add the liquids and the seasonings then turn the heat down so that you have a low simmer in the large pot. Cook for at least 30 minutes.

With all of the ingredients in the pot (except for the cooked shrimp and bay leaf!) use the immersion blender to blend the liquids and the veggies together until smooth.

Follow the rest of the directions for this creamy shrimp bisque and enjoy!

And there ya’ have it! And easy, simple, and delicious Shrimp Bisque in the Instant Pot! Wasn’t that easy? The soup only took about 30 minutes.

Finished cup of shrimp bisque made in the Instant Pot staged with a display of Nandina and a gray napkin.

This soup is so filling, especially when you serve it with hearty bread. A salad would be perfect with this soup too.

You can see that I topped the soup with chopped scallion greens. You could also use parsley.

Staged shot of cup of shrimp bisque, a gray napkin, and candles all sitting on the counter top.

I had a small bowl of this soup as soon as it was finished. Which meant I had lunch at 11:30!! It was a good day to be having shrimp bisque for lunch!

With the holiday season coming, I am sure you will find the perfect time to enjoy this amazing soup.

Or maybe you want to have it for dinner, in front of the fireplace with your special someone of 38 years 🙂

Staged shot of finished cup of shrimp bisque, candles with Christmas tree in the background.
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Shrimp Bisque Instant Pot Recipe

This simple shrimp bisque is creamy and filling and so easy to make!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: French
Servings: 2
Cost: $15

Equipment

  • Instant Pot
  • Chef's knife
  • wooden cutting board
  • emersion blender

Ingredients

  • 12 0z frozen shrimp, medium size, peeled and deveined
  • 32 0z seafood broth
  • 1 cup half & half
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 medium onion
  • 4 cloves chopped garlic (or roasted!)
  • 3 scallion onions (green onions)
  • 3 tbs corn starch for thickening
  • 3 tbs butter
  • 1 tsp olive oil

Seasonings

  • 1/2-1 tbs Old Bay Seasoning (this can be spicy!)
  • 1 tsp each: granualated garlic & onion
  • 3-4 dried bay leaves
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Use the saute feature on the Instant Pot and cook the chopped carrots, chopped onion, chopped scallion whites and minced garlic. Saute with 1/2 of the butter and olive oil.
  • When the veggies are tender, remove them from the Instant Pot.
    Add the shrimp, keeping the shells on for added flavor. Saute until pink and cooked through. Remove the shrimp and place on cutting board.
  • Add the seafood broth, white wine, the seasonings and a couple of bay leaves. to the Instant Pot. Use a wooden spoon to scape up the bits on the bottom.
  • Set the Instant Pot to the Soup feature and change the time to 15 minutes. Set the button to Sealing and allow the stock and veggies to cook.
  • While soup cooks, remove the shells from the shrimp and chop shrimp to desired size.
  • When the timer is finished on the Instant Pot, allow the pressure to release naturally or use a thick folded towel to move knob to Venting. DO THIS CAREFULLY! DO NOT OPEN THE LID UNTIL THE PRESSURE IS COMPLETELY RELEASED!!
  • Once the pressure is released, remove the lid and take the bay leaves out of the pot. Use an emersion blender to puree the veggies into the broth. BE CAREFUL!! Add butter into the soup.
  • In a small dish, mix the half and half with three tbs of corn starch. Mix completely. Whisk into the soup slowly.
  • Bring the soup to a boil using the saute feature. Boil for a minute or so until the soup thickens, stirring contantly.
  • Add the chopped shrimp and top with chopped scallions green tops.Serve with toasted french bread. Enjoy!

Notes

This recipe makes approximately 6 cups of soup. If you want more shrimp, just add another 12 oz bag. This recipe could be doubled easily for a larger group.

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22 Comments

  1. This bisque looks so great! I love a good bisque and with seafood is even better.

    1. And it’s a very simple recipe! Even I could make it 😊

  2. I had no idea you could make shrimp bisque in the Insta Pot Cindy, that is so cool! We’re in Florida and we’re always trying new shrimp, lobster, and crab bisque recipes so I’m super excited to try this one too. I can’t wait to send it to my Mom and sisters. It looks great! Hugs, CoCo

    1. Sounds like you have a nice selection of seafood! This recipe would be so good with any of the shellfish you mention. Thanks for stopping by today CoCo!

  3. This sounds amazing. Great recipe and thanks for sharing.

    1. It was so good! I’m definitely making it again😊

  4. 5 stars
    I have to admit, Cindy, I have an Instant Pot, and I rarely use it partly because I’m not sure which recipes to try. I LOVE any type of bisque, so I’ll need to try this! It reminds me of my time in New England, and it’s perfect for a cold day. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

    1. There is a YouTube channel filled with amazing recipes with the Instant Pot – Six Sisters. Look them up on YT. They have lot’s of recipes!😊

  5. Oh my gosh – I am now ridiculously hungry. Your recipe sounds amazing. Excuse me while I go rummage through our kitchen.

    1. Yes!! This recipe is soooo easy to do. You could substitute crab or even lobster! Thanks for stopping by Anna!

  6. This sounds so good. I’m going to give it a try. Hugs to you.

    1. I would be honored for you to try the recipe! 😊

  7. This sounds wonderful, Cindy. I am having a lot of trouble eating right now and soups that are pureed are one thing that tastes good to me. I will be making this very soon.

    1. Thanks Paula. I hope you enjoy the recipe. Have you tried a Butternut Squash soup? It is another pureed soup, it’s very tasty and healthy. If I could, I would make up a batch for you and bring it to your home. Take care my friend. Sending prayers and hugs your way 🙂

  8. Looks and sounds fabulous! I need a new chowder recipe! Thanks Cindy

    1. This chowder recipe is so easy and fast – you will love it Diane!

  9. This sounds amazing! I wish I had a bowl of it right now.

  10. Cindy, this soup sure sounds delicious. I will most certainly try it. I also love all of the other girls ideas.
    I can’t wait for the holidays. Thanks for sharing so much yummy inspiration.

    1. The holidays are such a special time of year – I’m with you Wendy, I can’t wait!

  11. Yummmmm! I love this decadent seafood bisque – it’s a holiday staple in our house!

    1. So glad you enjoyed the recipe, Janet! I hope you get a chance to make it!