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Instant Pot Grits

2 Instant Pot grits recipes and step by step directions so you too can make this cheesy savory pressure cooker breakfast or as a side dish. A favorite dish for many and now you can make them in no time at all using this simple recipe and instructions. Enjoy friends!

instant-pot-gritsI have an easy way to make Instant Pot grits right at home now! If you make homemade grits but are using the stovetop, this method this is so much quicker. Some have their own favorite ingredients to make this classic Southern dish. Please stick to yours if you have one and just use this post to see how long you cook it for. If you haven’t made it before but have always wanted to I will include an easy grits recipe below you may use too. Your choice. 😉 One of our favorite new Instant Pot recipes here on The Typical Mom you can now enjoy. (originally published 2/18, affiliate links present)

  • There are so many different add ins when it comes to Instant Pot grits really. Cheese is our favorite so that’s what we’re sharing but let your imagination go wild! 

I like cheesy Instant Pot grits with butter and some chives. Others prefer no cheese but with some bacon. Whether you like them loaded up, simple, thick, or creamier hopefully this post will help you understand how to make them in your pressure cooker so you can enjoy them more often, and quicker the next time you make them and thereafter. 😉

Instant Pot Grits 2

1st way here – 2nd method in recipe card below. If you’d like to make pressure cooker grits using the PIP or pot in pot method you’ll need this pan that fits inside – 6 or 8 qt

  • 1 c. old fashioned grits – this is what we use
  • 3 tbsp. butter – melted
  • 2 1/2 cup water or broth
  • 1 c. cheese
  • 1 c. milk – 2% or whole milk is best
  • 2 tbsp chives are optional


  1. Pour 1.5 c of water inside your pressure cooker. Put trivet on bottom.
  2. Inside your inner pot add grits, melted butter, 2.5 c. water, salt, chives, and pepper if desired. Mix together
  3. Put foil over that pot and secure tightly on top. Lower on to your trivet and close your lid and steam valve.
  4. Push multigrain pressure cook setting, for 15 minutes cooking time. Then press start.
  5. Do a quick release and carefully lift pot out.
  6. Uncover and add shredded cheese. Stir until melted. Add milk and stir, add more milk or broth if you want it thinner.


pressure cooker grits

This is what you’ll need to make these easy Instant Pot grits

  1. Pressure cooker
    1. How do you make grits not stick to the pot?
      1. I HIGHLY recommend getting this non stick pot
      2. You can make them in your Ninja Foodi or Crockpot Express too
  2. Butter
  3. Stone ground grits
  4. Water – or chicken broth
  5. Milk
  6. Add ins
    1. Cheddar cheese
    2. Bacon bits
    3. Salt and pepper
    4. Heavy cream

The recipe below requires natural release vs. quick

  • Not only are the recipes different but what you add inside varies a lot (like shrimp and grits) it really comes down to personal preference.

After you’ve tried cheesy grits you should have our Instant Pot oatmeal with apples and cinnamon or chocolate oatmeal!

Instant Pot Grits 2
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Instant Pot Grits

This is how to make Instant Pot grits right at home! Easy recipe and step by step direction to make savory pressure cooker grits for breakfast or as a side dish. 
Course Breakfast, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword breakfast, grits, instant pot, pressure cooker
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 206kcal
Author The Typical Mom


  • 1 c grits stone ground white grits
  • 2 tbsp butter more or less depending on taste, some when done on top
  • 1/2-1 c cheese or more, I like more
  • 3 c water
  • 1.5 c milk 2% or whole is best, more if you want it thinner


  • Put butter into pressure cooker and set to saute, allow it to melt.
  • Add grits and cook for a few minutes, then add water and salt.
  • Close lid and steam valve. Set to high pressure for 10 minutes, then allow it to naturally release for 10 minutes. Release remaining pressure. Turn pot off.
  • Stir in 1 c of your milk and 1/2 c of your cheese to start with. If you want it thinned out add the rest of your milk, and/or more cheese if you want more (we like 1 full cup).
  • If you want to thicken it up put the lid back on and allow it to sit and soak up more of the milk. Serve!
Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Grits
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 206 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 26mg9%
Sodium 125mg5%
Potassium 125mg4%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 367IU7%
Calcium 141mg14%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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