Shrimp and Grits
Instant Pot Shrimp and Grits is a delightful one-pot meal. Tender shrimp and crisp bacon in a spicy tomato sauce combine with creamy grits to create a delicious fusion of flavors.
Servings Prep Time
4servings 5minutes
Cook Time
Servings Prep Time
4servings 5minutes
Cook Time
Shrimp Ingredients:
  • 1pound Shrimppeeled and deveined
  • 2teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
  • 3strips smoked bacondiced
  • 1/3cup onionchopped
  • 1/2cup bell peppersred and/or green, chopped
  • 1tablespoon garlicminced
  • 2tablespoon dry white wine
  • 1 1/2cups tomatoescanned and diced
  • 2tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4cup chicken broth
  • 1/4teaspoon Tabasco sauceor hot sauce, or to taste
  • 1/2teaspoon saltor to taste
  • 1/4teaspoon black pepperfreshly ground
  • 1/4cup heavy cream
  • 1/4cup scallionssliced thin, green parts only
Grits Ingredients:
  • 1/2cup grits
  • 1cup milk
  • 1cup Water
  • saltto taste
  • pepperto taste
  • 1tablespoon butteroptional
  1. Pat shrimp dry and sprinkle with Old Bay seasoning. Set aside.
  2. On ‘Sauté’ mode, cook bacon until crisp, about 3 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove to a plate and set aside.
  3. Sauté onions and bell peppers in the rendered bacon fat till onion is translucent, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Add garlic and saute briefly. Turn Instant Pot off.
  5. Deglaze with white wine, and stir well to remove any browned bits, allowing the wine to mostly evaporate.
  6. Stir in tomatoes, lemon juice, broth, hot sauce, salt and pepper. Place trivet in the Instant Pot.
  7. In a medium bowl that will fit in the Instant Pot, stir together grits, milk, water, salt and pepper. Place bowl on trivet.
  8. Close Instant Pot Lid, and make sure steam release handle is in the ‘Sealing’ position.
  9. Cook on ‘Manual’ mode for 10 minutes. Allow the pressure to release naturally. Open the Instant Pot, remove the grits and set aside.
  10. Remove the trivet. Carefully stir in shrimp.
  11. Close the Instant Pot immediately and allow the shrimp to finish cooking in the residual heat. Instant Pot will be in ‘Keep Warm’ mode.
  12. While shrimp is cooking, fluff grits with a fork, adding in a tablespoon of butter.
  13. After 10 minutes, open the Instant Pot. Gently stir the shrimp.
  14. Turn on ‘Sauté’ mode and stir in cream. Heat through (don’t boil) and turn off Instant Pot.
  15. Garnish with scallions and bacon. Serve grits topped with shrimp and sauce.