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!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
manual release of pressure 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
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.