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Instant Pot Recipe: Shrimp & Cheesy-Chive Grits

Welcome to the latest edition of our Seafood Supper Club step-by-step series! Inspired by Southern flavors and armed with our trusty Instant Pot, we set out to create an easy-to-follow, downright delicious seafood recipe our readers would love. The result? The most amazing shrimp-and-grits dish.

If you’ve been to the blog before, you know we love using our Instant Pot to cook seafood, because it’s basically foolproof – a little prep work and in it goes! Then, voilà, you have a perfectly cooked, seafood that rivals your favorite restaurant’s.

Now, back to our Shrimp & Cheesy-Chive Grits recipe. While the shrimp is clearly the star of this dish, these aren’t your run-of-the-mill grits, either. To create an unforgettable shrimp dinner that you’ll make again and again, we’ve upped the ante by adding goat cheese and chives to the grits. The result: a savory, cheesy and oh-so-satisfying seafood meal that will have your mouth watering before you even complete step one.

We can’t wait to walk you through our newest recipe! For more step-by-step seafood dishes, check out our Lemon Tilapia Piccata, Spicy Sheet-Pan Salmon, Honey Garlic Shrimp Skewers and Avocado-Crab Benny.

Instant Pot Shrimp & Cheesy-Chive Grits

Prep Time: 30 mins.

Cook Time: 45 mins.

Total Time: 1 hr. 15 mins.

Servings: 4


1 lb. medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 Tbsp. Old Bay seasoning
1 tsp. 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 can (15 oz.) diced tomatoes, drained
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
¼ tsp. Tabasco sauce
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. black pepper
½ cup stone-ground grits
1 cup water
1 cup low-fat milk
1 tsp. butter
2 oz. goat cheese (or, if you prefer, shredded cheddar also works well)
2 Tbsp. 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.

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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 6-7 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.

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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.

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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 3-5 minutes, or until shrimp is cooked.

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5. In grits bowl, stir in butter, goat cheese and chives.

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6. To serve, spoon grits into bowls and top with shrimp and gravy.

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