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Instant Pot Sausage Grits

Instant Pot Sausage Grits are full of ground breakfast sausage and seasonings plus cheddar cheese. They are so creamy and rich and the sausage elevates them to a whole new level.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Southern
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Pressure Release 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6


  • 1 pound breakfast sausage
  • 1 cup stone ground grits
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup half-and-half or milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • Lightly grease the inner pot of your Instant Pot. Turn on "Saute" mode. Add sausage. Crumble it apart with a wooden spoon as it cooks.
  • Once sausage is cooked and crumbled, turn Instant Pot off. Add grits, water, half-and-half, salt, and garlic powder. Give everything a stir. Place lid on pot and make sure valve is in "Sealing" position. 
  • Turn Instant Pot on "Pressure Cook" for 10 minutes. Let it release pressure naturally for 15 minutes and then open the valve to release remaining pressure. Carefully remove lid.
  • Stir in butter, cheese, and pepper. Check for seasoning and add more salt if desired.