These Instant Pot Grits are creamy, rich and delicious grits that are a classic Southern standard made in minutes using the Instant Pot.
There are few things as quintessentially southern as a bowl of grits. I’ve always loved them with just a bit of butter and maybe some cheese for breakfast or even topped with an easy garlic shrimp for lunch or supper. They are a definite pantry workhorse!
For years, I’ve made them on the stovetop or in my slow cooker, but recently have loved making them in my Instant Pot. They turn out perfectly every single time!
What are Grits?
Grits are mature corn kernels that have been ground into coarse pieces. There are a few different types of grits available on the market.
Stone-Ground Grits – Stone-ground grits are made by coarsely grinding whole dried corn kernels between the two stones of a grist mill. When ground using this method, a few larger pieces of the corn hull, called the chaff, remains and gives the cooked grits a signature appearance.
Hominy Grits – Hominy grits are a type of grits made from hominy. Hominy is corn that has been processed where the hull and germ have been removed. For hominy grits, the hominy is then coarsely ground into grits.
Regular and Quick Grits – these grits are processed to cook quickly and easily and to last for an extended period. Regular grits have a medium grind while quick grits have a finer grind for smaller bits of grits.
Instant Grits – grits that have been even further processed by being finely ground, precooked and dehydrated.
To make Instant Pot Grits, you’ll begin with either stone-ground or hominy grits. Add your water to the Instant Pot, followed by your grits, and salt.
Cook the grits at high pressure for 10 minutes and then allow them to naturally release their pressure. Once the pressure has released, carefully remove the lid to the Instant Pot and pour in the cream and add the butter. Stir well to combine and serve.
Your grits will be creamy, buttery and delicious and makes the perfect addition to any Southern breakfast or to serve along with garlic shrimp for a delicious (and EASY!) shrimp and grits recipe in minutes.
Optional Add-Ins for Instant Pot Grits
These include some of our very favorite add-ins for our grits that I think you’ll love as well!
Cheese – Cheesy grits are absolutely delicious. Depending on how you are serving them, they are delicious with cheddar cheese for breakfast or brunch grits and we love them with gouda and Parmesan when served with fish or seafood. Stir in about 1/2 – 1 cup of cheese at the same time as adding your butter.
Pimento Cheese – A quintessential Southern dish, Pimento Cheese Grits are absolutely out of this world! Simply add 1/2 cup of pimento cheese to your grits at the end of them cooking at the same time you add the butter.
Bacon – Stir in chopped cooked bacon into your Grits along with a bit of cheese, if you like, for a full meal in one!
Here’s my Instant Pot Grits recipe. I hope you love them as much as we do!
Instant Pot Grits Recipe
- 1 1/2 cups stone ground grits
- 8 cups water
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 cups cream or half and half
- 6 tablespoons butter + more for serving
- Spray inside of Instant Pot with olive oil or nonstick cooking spray. Add water, grits and salt. Stir well to combine. Secure the lid to the Instant Pot and set to HIGH setting for 10 minutes with natural pressure release, about 15 minutes.
- Once the grits have cooked and the pressure has released naturally, carefully remove the lid to the Instant Pot. Stir in the cream and add the butter. Serve with additional butter and cheese if desired.