Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Instant Pot: Low Country Boil

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What area of the country or where you live would you like to visit? Is there a type of regional cuisine that draws you in? For me, it's definitely the South. There's something about the hospitable vibe I get from the South and the stick to your ribs cuisine that appeals to me. But it'll be awhile before I get a chance to visit and experience true Southern cuisine. In the meantime, I can only get a taste of the South through food and cooking up Southern recipes. Over the weekend I hosted a Low Country Shrimp Boil, which is a popular past time especially around the Southern coastal regions. Little did I realize how much fun and how easy it was to throw a Low Country Boil and you don't necessarily have to be in the South to enjoy one!...

Low Country Boils are a very casual dining event where a large pot of seasoned water cooks an entire meal of potatoes, corn on the cob, sausage and of course, lots of shrimp or even other seafood like crawfish. This has to be the ultimate one pot meal for my husband because he loves (like really loves) shrimp! There are many variations to flavor up the broth that cooks up the meal for a low country shrimp boil. For ours, it was a super easy combination of water, sliced lemon, a few bay leaves and classic Old Bay seasoning. You can find old bay seasoning near the fish counter of your local grocery store or in the spice aisle. Some other ingredients I've seen used in the broth includes beer, other spice mixes, and aromatics. Have fun with this recipe any time of year. This makes for a great party and a tasty one at that!

Low Country Shrimp Boil
recipe adapted from Paula Deen

2 tablespoons Old Bay seasoning, divided
3 bay leaves
1 lemon, thinly sliced
1 pound new red potatoes
6 (4-inch) smoked sausage links, halved
3 ears corn, halved
3 pounds fresh shrimp (21-30), unpeeled & deveined
Melted butter and bread for serving
Green onions for garnish (optional)


In your Instant Pot:

Plug in the IP with insert set in place.


Place steamer basket in IP. 


Add 1 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning, bay leaves, red potatoes, corn and 2 cups water.


Secure the lid of the IP and ensure the valve is set to SEALING.

Press MANUAL and adjust the time to 4 minutes on HIGH pressure.

The display will reflect ON while the IP comes to pressure. Allow a few minutes for your IP to come to pressure.

Once at pressure, the display will reflect 5 (the number of minutes you initially set) and will begin to countdown to 0 minutes.


When the IP beeps after pressure cooking for 5 minutes, turn the setting on top of your IP to VENTING. Doing so allows the IP to quickly release any remaining pressure (also known as QPR or QR). I use a wooden spoon to carefully turn the setting to avoid close contact with the potential steam. You may also want to turn your IP away from cabinets to allow the released steam to escape freely. The pin at the top of your IP will drop when all pressure has been released and it's safe to open.

Open up your IP when the pin has dropped (allow a few minutes for this to happen).

Add sausage, shrimp, 1 cup of water and remaining Old Bay seasoning.


Secure the lid of the IP once again and ensure the valve is set to SEALING.

Press MANUAL and adjust the time to 2 minutes on HIGH pressure.

The display will reflect ON while the IP comes to pressure. Allow a few minutes for your IP to come to pressure.

Once at pressure, the display will reflect 2 (the number of minutes you initially set) and will begin to countdown to 0 minutes.

When the IP beeps after pressure cooking for 2 minutes, turn the setting on top of your IP to VENTING. Doing so allows the IP to quickly release any remaining pressure (also known as QPR or QR). I use a wooden spoon to carefully turn the setting to avoid close contact with the potential steam. You may also want to turn your IP away from cabinets to allow the released steam to escape freely. The pin at the top of your IP will drop when all pressure has been released and it's safe to open.

Open up your IP when the pin has dropped (allow a few minutes for this to happen).

Transfer to a serving platter, newspaper lined table, or large bowl.

Garnish with green onions (optional). Enjoy with warm bread. drizzle with melted butter and dig in!


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