Instant Pot Grits just might be the creamiest, most delicious grits you ever tasted. No more standing over the stove stirring. The pressure cooker does all of the work for you. And no lumps!
Whether served for breakfast or as a base for Shrimp and Grits, this is the easiest, most delicious way to cook grits. The texture is out of this world.
This Instant Pot Grits recipe uses stone ground grits. They are by far the most flavorful grits but they take the longest to cook. Thankfully the Instant Pot reduces the cooking time.
In order to keep them from sticking to the Instant Pot, you’ll need to saute them first in some bacon grease or oil. Use bacon grease if you have some. It adds wonderful flavor.
Next, add water, some half-and-half or milk, salt, and butter. Set the Pressure Cooker on HIGH for 10 minutes. Allow the Instant Pot to release pressure naturally for 15 minutes and then release the remaining pressure manually before removing the lid. Stir in a little cheddar cheese and your grits are ready to serve.
I’m a huge fan of Palmetto Grits which can easily be purchased online.
More Ways to Cook Grits
- Jambalaya Grits
- Pimento Cheese Grits
- Cream Cheese Grits
- Grits Fritters
- Cheesy Grits Casserole with Smoked Sausage
- Crock Pot Grits
Watch the short video below to see how to make Instant Pot Grits.
Instant Pot Grits
- 2 tablespoons bacon grease or vegetable oil
- 1 cup stone ground grits
- 3 cups water
- 1 1/2 cups half-and-half or milk
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 2 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces
- 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- Add bacon grease or oil to inner pot of Instant Pot. Turn "Saute" mode on. Once hot, add grits and cook and stir for 2 minutes.
- Add water, half-and-half, salt, and butter. Turn Instant Pot off, place lid on with valve in "sealing" position. Set to Pressure Cook on HIGH for 10 minutes.
- Allow a 15 minute Natural Release and then manually release the remaining pressure. Remove lid and stir in cheese. Stir well. Grits will thicken up some as they cool slightly.
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Recipe adapted from: This Old Gal
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61 thoughts on “Instant Pot Grits”
So great, so easy. I use this as the base for my Shrimp and Grits recipe. Everyone raves!
Burn solved. I’ve made this recipe many times, but I’ve always found myself scraping the burnt grits off the bottom. I use an 8qt pot. This time I only allowed for a 7 minute natural release. I found that it was JUST starting to stick to the bottom of the pan then. I mixed it up from there and it thickened nicely.
If I only used my instantpot for making these grits and nothing else, it’s worth the cost of the pot and real estate on my kitchen counter.
In short, this is amazing!
Okay, well I tried this recipe. What I learned is pressuring cooking grits is not a shortcut. Regardless of how much bacon grease I used in the bottom, they burned. Texture came out more paste-like than I prefer. Would recommend at least 15 minutes of cooking instead of 10. Still had to wait a while for them to absorb/thicken. Would just boil then simmer on the stove next time so I can stir along the way. Good Luck
I made these with 3/4 cup heavy cream and 3/4 cup whole milk instead of 1/2 and 1/2. I do believe these are the best grits I’ve ever eaten. I have a Ninja foodi pressure cooker
Ansion Mills Grits are amazing, as is their Carolina Gold Rice