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Instant Pot Shrimp & Cheesy-Chive Grits

  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


  • 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 green bell pepper, finely chopped
  • ½ cup chicken broth (or ¼ cup broth + ¼ cup white wine)
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon Tabasco sauce
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ cup stone-ground grits
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup low-fat milk
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 2 ounces goat cheese (or, if you prefer, shredded cheddar also works well)
  • 2 tablespoons. fresh chives, chopped
  • ¼ cup fat-free half-and-half
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. In a medium bowl, toss shrimp and Old Bay seasoning together; set aside.
  2. Turn Instant Pot to sauté function. Add olive oil to Instant Pot, then sauté onion, garlic and bell pepper until tender and translucent (about 6 to 7 minutes). Turn off sauté function. Add broth or broth/wine mixture and next 5 ingredients (through black pepper) to Instant Pot to make gravy; stir until well combined. Insert trivet on top of gravy ingredients.
  3. In a medium glass bowl that will cook the grits inside the Instant Pot, mix grits together with water and low-fat milk; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Place glass bowl on trivet inside Instant Pot. Put IP lid on and set on Manual (H) for 15 minutes.
  4. Allow IP to release manually; open IP and carefully remove hot bowl and trivet. (Pro tip: make a “foil sling” or use heat-resistant silicone bands to make it easier to remove the bowl.) Set aside grits bowl. Add shrimp and half-and-half to Instant Pot; bury shrimp with the gravy and let shrimp cook in the hot gravy for about 3 to 5 minutes, or until shrimp is cooked.
  5. In grits bowl, stir in butter, goat cheese and chives.
  6. To serve, spoon grits into bowls and top with shrimp and gravy.
  • Author: Dish on Fish
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 45
  • Category: Shrimp