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Instant Pot Easy Cheesy Shrimp and Grits

Instant Pot Easy Cheesy Shrimp and Grits is a quick pressure cooker recipe that uses either stone ground grits or quick grits with cheese, butter, and tons of flavor. This dish highlights authentic southern shrimp and grits with gravy. The grits only take 10 minutes to make, no more standing at the stove stirring grits!

instant pot southern shrimp and grits

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I have finally tested out grits in the Instant Pot and I will be the first to tell you, I am never going back to stovetop! I have always enjoyed cooking! I was the girl right alongside my mama every Sunday and every single holiday washing greens and slicing up vegetables for family dinners and functions.

Often, we would eat grits often with fried catfish. If you are looking for catfish to pair with your Instant Pot grits, be sure to check out my Air Fryer Fried Catfish recipe!

ingredients for shrimp and grits

As I grow older, I still have the same love for cooking, but I want things to be done faster! I have so much on my plate these days. I have to create balance in order to juggle it all.

I experimented with grits 4 times before posting this recipe. I have tried both quick grits (not instant) and stone ground. I have noted what worked for me with both types below.

seasoned uncooked shrimp
sauce for shrimp and grits

Stone Ground Grits vs Quick Grits

Stone ground grits have a different texture than quick grits. Just an FYI there. Stone ground grits are harder to find at an everyday grocery store. Most are focused on instant grits. I got mine at Trader Joe’s and you can also pick up stone ground grits from Amazon.

uncooked grits in an instant pot

What Type to Use in the Instant Pot

I have tested both stone ground grits and quick grits (not instant) in the Instant Pot. It makes more sense to use stone ground grits, because these grits usually take 35-40 minutes stovetop.

cooked grits in a pan

How to Cook Grits in the Instant Pot

  1. Salt your liquids. With the Instant Pot method, you simply add salt to the pan with the broth and milk.
  2. Whisk the grits well. While making grits stovetop, I always felt that I had to stand there for so long whisking. You still have to do some whisking with the Instant Pot, but not nearly as much. After adding the ingredients to the pot, I whisk to ensure there aren’t any initial lumps.
  3. After you remove the grits from the Instant Pot, whisk again (you can use a whisk or spoons). Ensure there aren’t any lumps in the grits. If you find it hard to remove lumps try adding a small amount of milk and whisk again.
cooked shrimp in an instant pot
shrimp and grits on a white plate

How Long Does it Take to Cook? Cook Time

It will take 10 minutes on Manual > High-Pressure Cooking, with 15 minutes natural release and Quick Grits will take 10 minutes on Manual High-Pressure Cooking with 10 minutes natural release.

shrimp and grits on a white plate

Can You Cook Them Without Using a Pan Inside the Pot?

Yes, in fact, this is my favorite way to cook grits in the Instant Pot. I provided instructions for how to cook the grits using the stackable pans for the people that would like to save time or don’t have two Instant Pots.

I have two Instant Pots. So I have also prepared this recipe by lining the Instant Pot with olive oil using a cooking brush and then adding my grits and other ingredients. I cooked the bacon and prepared the shrimp and gravy in my second Instant Pot.

shrimp and grits on a white plate

Can You Add Tomatoes?

Yes, if you wish to add tomatoes, I recommend 15oz can of fire roasted diced tomatoes. Add them with the onions during the initial steps.

Growing up, we didn’t add tomatoes to our grits. Within recent years I have observed the trend of tomatoes with gravy and grits served at restaurants for dinner and/or brunch.

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Instant Pot Easy Cheesy Shrimp and Grits

Instant Pot Easy Cheesy Shrimp and Grits is a quick pressure cooker recipe that uses either stone ground grits or quick grits with cheese, butter, and tons of flavor. This dish highlights authentic southern shrimp and grits with gravy. The grits take 10 minutes to make, no more standing at the stove stirring grits!!
Course Breakfast, brunch, dinner, lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword instant pot grits, instant pot shrimp and grits, pressure cooker grits, southern style shrimp and grits
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
manual release of pressure 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 405kcal

Ingredients

Shrimp and Sauce

  • 1 pound fresh, large shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 slices bacon chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 cup chicken-broth I use low-sodium
  • 1 teaspoon Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning omit if you do not desire a hint of spicy
  • 1/2 lemon juice of

Grits

  • 1 cup stone ground grits
  • 1 cups chicken broth I use low-sodium
  • 1 1/4 cup milk I used almond
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup white cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1/4 cup parmesan reggiano cheese shredded

Instructions

  • Place the Instant Pot on the saute function. Add the chopped bacon and cook for 3-4 minutes until crisp. Remove the bacon and set aside, drain most of the bacon grease. I reserved about a teaspoon.
  • Add the onions and garlic. Cook for 1-2 minutes until the garlic and onions become fragrant.
  • Add the 1/2 cup chicken broth, Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning, and fresh lemon juice. Stir.
  • You can remove the sauce/gravy from the Instant Pot and cook the grits separately if you wish (without using the Pot in Pot method). Remove the gravy and add the grits, 1 cup of chicken broth, milk, and salt. Grits normally stick to the pot. Grease it with oil first, I use olive oil.
  • Optional Pot in Pot Method with Stackable Steamer: Add the trivet and stackable steamer to the pot over the sauce. Fill the stackable steamer with the grits, 1 cup of chicken broth, milk, and salt. Wisk well to eliminate any lumps. You can choose to cover the grits or keep them uncovered. I have tested both and yielded similar results. 
  • Close and seal the pot. Cook for 10 Minutes on Manual > High-Pressure Cooking.
  • Season the shrimp with Old Bay Seasoning and salt and pepper to taste.
  • When the pot indicates it has finished, allow the steam to release naturally for 15 minutes instead of performing a quick release.
  • Open the pot and remove the stackable steamer.
  • Place the Instant Pot on saute function. Add the shrimp to the pot. Cook for 3-4 minutes until the shrimp have turned bright pink.
  • While the shrimp cooks add the butter and shredded cheese to the grits. Stir well to combine. Wisk any lumps in the grits. (Using the Instant Pot you shouldn’t have any!) 
  • Serve the shrimp and gravy sauce over the grits topped with the crumbled bacon.

Video

Notes

Can You Add Tomatoes to this Recipe?
Yes, if you wish to add tomatoes, I recommend 15oz can of fire roasted diced tomatoes. Add them with the onions during the initial steps.
Growing up, we didn’t add tomatoes to our grits. Within recent years I have observed the trend of tomatoes with gravy and grits served at restaurants for dinner and/or brunch. 
How Long Does it Take to Cook Grits in the Instant Pot?
Stone ground grits will take 10 minutes on Manual > High-Pressure Cooking, with 15 minutes natural release and Quick Grits will take 10 minutes on Manual High-Pressure Cooking with 10 minutes natural release.
Can You Cook Grits in the Instant Pot Without Using a Pan Inside the Pot?
Yes, in fact, this is my favorite way to cook grits in the Instant Pot. I provided instructions for how to cook the grits using the stackable pans for the people that would like to save time or don’t have two Instant Pots.
I have two Instant Pots. So I have also prepared this recipe by lining the Instant Pot with olive oil using a cooking brush and then adding my grits and other ingredients. I cooked the bacon and prepared the shrimp and gravy in my second Instant Pot.
What to Do if the Grits are Too Thick
Most of us who grew up eating grits love thick grits. If the grits are too thick for you add a little milk until it reaches your desired texture.
What to Do if the You Need More Gravy
Add a little more chicken broth to the onions and garlic mixture.
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Calories: 405kcal
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Amanda

Sunday 15th of November 2020

My fiancé loves grits so I surprised him by making this for dinner tonight-it was fabulous! Perfect cozy food for the chilly stormy night were having here. :-)

staysnatched

Wednesday 18th of November 2020

Yes! So true. I'm glad you both enjoyed it.

Julie

Thursday 17th of September 2020

Thanks for this recipe. The grits worked! First time ever making grits in the Instapot.

staysnatched

Saturday 19th of September 2020

I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Karen Stewart

Friday 17th of July 2020

We are southern folks with a brand new instant pot, so of course, just had to make your shrimp & grits recipe. It was absolutely delicious - more like Devine! Now we have a question on your stackable pan that we saw on your “how to video”. Could you please tell us the name of it and where we could find one like it. We had to make a Pyrex bowl work which wasn’t the best so now we would love to find a pan like yours that looked like it had a locking latch on the top of it? Love your website and thank you for your dedication to healthy& delicious recipes. Karen Stewart

staysnatched

Friday 17th of July 2020

Hi there! I just added a link to it in the recipe card.

Lauren

Wednesday 8th of July 2020

I live in CA after spending several years in DC and have been missing some of the delicious southern cooking I got there. This turned out amazing. I had to make my own creole seasoning because I couldn’t find it in stores in CA, and my grits wound up being very stiff out of the instapot (I didn’t exactly measure the liquid amount, so that’s on me) but I was able to thin the grits down following the blog suggestions and it turned out perfect and tasted amazing in the end!

staysnatched

Thursday 9th of July 2020

I'm glad it turned out!

Amanda

Sunday 5th of July 2020

Wow, this recipe is amazing! Best shrimp and grits ever.

staysnatched

Sunday 5th of July 2020

I’m so happy you enjoyed it!