Why this recipe works: Succulent shrimp swimming in roasty peppers and tomatoes and flavored by the potent warm spice blend ras el hanout is our idea of elevated comfort food. Cooked under pressure, the vegetables softened and their flavor intensified. The shrimp gently cooked in the residual heat of the cooked tomato mixture. Olives provided tangy saltiness, and scallions and a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil provided a fresh, rich finish. Do not substitute larger shrimp here; they will not cook through in time. Serve over rice or couscous. You can find ras el hanout in the spice aisle of most well-stocked supermarkets.
1lblarge shrimppeeled and deveined, 26 to 30 per pound
2tbspextra-virgin olive oildivided, plus extra for drizzling
5garlic clovesminced, divided
1tspgrated lemon zest
1red or green bell pepperstemmed, seeded, and chopped
1tbspras el hanout
1can whole peeled tomatoesdrained with juice reserved, chopped coarse (28 ounces)
1/4cuppitted brine-cured green or black oliveschopped coarse
2tbspcoarsely chopped fresh parsley
2scallionssliced thin on bias
Toss shrimp with 1 tablespoon oil, 1 teaspoon garlic, lemon zest, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and pepper; refrigerate until ready to use.
Using highest Sauté function, heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in Instant Pot until shimmering. Add bell pepper, onion, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and cook until vegetables are softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in remaining garlic, ras el hanout, and ginger and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in tomatoes and reserved juice.
Lock lid in place and close pressure release valve. Select Pressure Cook function and cook for 15 minutes. Turn off Instant Pot and quick-release pressure. Carefully remove lid, allowing steam to escape away from you.
Stir shrimp into tomato mixture, cover, and let sit until opaque throughout, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in olives and parsley and season with salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle individual portions with scallions and drizzle with extra oil before serving.
*Pressure Cook and Manual buttons are interchangeable