Shrimp With Pork And Apricot Sausage (Instant Pot)

Shrimp with Pork and Apricot Sausage and Saffron Rice
Creamy saffron coconut rice with shrimp and sausage

Let me tell you a story about shrimp with pork and apricot sausage. It’s Monday and I just got home from work and there’s nothing prepared for dinner. Quick! Run to the freezer and see what we can cook. A bag of frozen shrimp appears before me, so I grab it. A quick dive into the fridge to see what hasn’t been used from last week’s farmers market foraging and I locate some fresh peas and one of my favorites: pork and apricot sausage. I can do something with this!

Pork and apricot sausage and fresh peas
Farmer’s market faves

One Pot Wonder

If you’ve seen my ratatouille recipe or some of my soup recipes, you know I love one pot meals. I decide to make a big pot of jasmine rice flavored with some great saffron. With the shrimp being frozen, the timing should work out perfect for me to add it all in the pot at once. That works just fine for me. I don’t feel like standing over the stove in the summer heat, and I can wind down from the day (read that: play with the cats) while it’s cooking.

I set about to preparing all the ingredients: chopping the onions, cutting the sausage into bite-sized pieces, and rinsing the rice. I then sautée the onions and garlic, and add the sausage to give it a touch of browning.

Lemon Olive Oil For A Depth Of Flavor

lemon olive oil is wonderful!

I use one of my favorite olive oils to give the dish a bit more flavor. Sciabica’s has a stand at the San Francisco Farmer’s Market at the Ferry Building. I fell in love with their stuff years ago and still make a trip up there to get more when I run out!

Layer In The Ingredients

Once I have the onions, garlic, and sausage sautéed I can start layering the ingredients to cook the rice. I pour in the chicken stock and run my spatula around the bottom of the pan to get all the browned bits off the pot. This will keep me from getting the ‘burn’ warning. Then I add the peas, shrimp, herbs and rinsed rice, making sure everything is fully submerged.

Saffron adds an earthy flavor to the rice

I decide to use some of the Rumi Spice Saffron that my BF Trilo recently purchased for me. I really love the earthy flavor and think it will go great with the shrimp and sausage. I’m also planning on finishing the dish once it’s cooked by stirring in some coconut cream I have been wanting to try. I found this at our local whole foods.

Shrimp Sausage and Saffron Rice
Just the cream!

A Quick Cook And Slow Release

Now that I have all the ingredients in the pot, and I make sure the jasmine rice kernels are fully submerged so they can absorb properly, I pop on the lid. Time set: 12 minutes and then I let it come to pressure for another 10 minutes after the beep before releasing the rest of the pressure manually. The rice was maybe a bit over, so I think next time I’ll go for 10 minutes.

I give the pot a good fluff and stir in my coconut cream to give it a creamy finish. And YUM! What a tasty bowl! Not bad for a Monday ‘quick grab and dump’ meal. And the best part is I have enough to eat for the rest of the week. That’s my favorite way to cook.

Shrimp with Pork and Apricot Sausage and Saffron Rice

So let’s break down the recipe!

Shrimp Sausage and Saffron Rice

Shrimp With Pork & Apricot Sausage And Coconut Saffron Rice (Instant Pot)

Creamy coconut jasmine rice with saffron cooked with shrimp, pork and apricot sausage and fresh peas. A one-pot Instant Pot meal.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Natural Pressure Release: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: blakopaleats, comfort, instantpot, pilaf, rice, saffron, sausage, seafood, shrimp
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 514
Author: BlakOpal


  • 1 Tbsp Lemon Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Onion chopped
  • 1 clove Garlic minced
  • 14 oz Chicken stock
  • 1 pint Fresh peas
  • 1 lb Frozen Shrimp large, peeled and deveined, tails removed
  • 14 oz Jasmine rice rinsed well
  • 1 sprig Fresh oregano
  • 1 sprig Fresh mint
  • 1/4 tsp Saffron threads
  • 1/4 tsp Paprika
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1/2 lb Pork and Apricot Sausages (2 sausages)
  • 6.8 oz Coconut cream


  • Gather all ingredients and tools
    Shrimp Sausage and Saffron Rice
  • Chop onion into small pieces.
    Shrimp Sausage and Saffron Rice
  • Cut sausage into bite-sized pieces.
    Shrimp Sausage and Saffron Rice
  • Put the rice into a fine mesh collander and let run under water until the water is clear. Set aside.
    Shrimp Sausage and Saffron Rice
  • Add olive oil to the bottom of the inner pot of your Instant Pot. Turn on Saute at high heat. Allow oil to heat up.
    Shrimp Sausage and Saffron Rice
  • Saute oinions for a few minutes. Add garlic using mincer.
    Shrimp Sausage and Saffron Rice
  • When onions are translucent, add sausage and brown slightly, stirring often with silicone spatula. Scrape burned bits off the bottom. Turn off saute.
    Shrimp Sausage and Saffron Rice
  • Add chicken stock, peas, and herbs to the pot and stir, scraping the bottom of the pan to loosen any remaining bits of onion and sausage.
    Note: this step is critical to keep from getting the 'burn' warning while cooking.
    Shrimp Sausage and Saffron Rice
  • Add rice and frozen shrimp into the pot, stir to get everything coated with the spices and stock. push the rice kernals down into the liquid.
    Shrimp Sausage and Saffron Rice
  • Cover the pot, close the vent, and cook on manual, high pressure for 10 minutes. After the beep, allow the pot to come to pressure naturally for 10 minutes. Then carefully open the vent to allow the remaining steam to release.
    Shrimp Sausage and Saffron Rice
  • Remove the inner pot and turn off. Using a large spoon, stir from the bottom to fluff the rice and distribute the spices. Pour in the coconut cream and stir to combine.
    Shrimp Sausage and Saffron Rice
  • Serve hot and store the remaining rice in an airtight container in the fridge. Enjoy!
    Shrimp Sausage and Saffron Rice
Nutrition Facts
Shrimp With Pork & Apricot Sausage And Coconut Saffron Rice (Instant Pot)
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 514 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 165mg55%
Sodium 710mg31%
Potassium 379mg11%
Carbohydrates 68g23%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 21g23%
Protein 24g48%
Vitamin A 510IU10%
Vitamin C 26.8mg32%
Calcium 120mg12%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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