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Instant Pot Shrimp and Grits | The Foodie Eats

Instant Pot Shrimp and Grits

Cajun-style shrimp and sauce with southern-style grits.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Southern
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 409kcal
Author Gary White


  • 6 oz. andouille sausage diced
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • ½ cup grits old fashioned (not instant)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • ½ cup yellow onions diced
  • 1 Tbsp. garlic minced
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 cup canned tomatoes petite diced
  • 1 Tbsp. creole seasoning
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 tsp. fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh parsley finely chopped
  • ¼ cup green onions thinly sliced
  • 1 lb. large shrimp 21/25 count or larger
  • cup heavy cream


  • Using sauté setting - add oil and sausage to Instant Pot. Cook for about 5 minutes, until fat is rendered and edges are crisp.
  • Meanwhile - Add grits to oven-safe glass bowl. Add milk and chicken stock to glass bowl and whisk together. Set aside.
  • Add onions to pot and sauté for about 3 minutes, until softened and translucent. Then add garlic and continue cooking for one minute.
  • Next, add wine and cook for about five minutes, making sure to scrape up all the fond (brown bits) from the bottom of the pot. Add tomatoes and creole seasoning to pot and mix well.
  • Add 3-inch trivet to Instant Pot, then place oven-safe glass bowl with grits on top of trivet. Lock lid and cook for 10 minutes at high pressure. Then allow pressure to release naturally (about 10 minutes).
  • Carefully remove glass bowl from Instant Pot. Add butter to grits and whisk well, making sure to break up any clumps. Then cover until ready to serve.
  • Switch Instant Pot back to sauté setting. Add thyme, parsley, and green onions to pot and mix well. Bring up to a boil. Then add shrimp and cook for about five minutes (only until shrimp have turned pink throughout). Keep them moving, every 30 seconds or so, to ensure they cook evenly.
  • Just before shrimp are fully pink, add cream and mix well. Then switch to warm setting.
  • Spoon grits into a serving bowl and top with shrimp and sauce. Enjoy!



  • It is common for people to overcook their shrimp. When shrimp is done, it is pink with red tails, and the flesh is slightly opaque. The shrimp will be slightly white. Do not eat shrimp that is gray or translucent (clear) after cooking. If your shrimp are a bright white, they are most likely overcooked.  Likewise, if shrimp is very tightly curled, it is most likely overcooked. The internal temperature of fully cooked shrimp is 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • We use Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning for this recipe. If your store does not carry this brand, you can substitute another Creole seasoning or any type of spicy seasoning you choose. If you don’t want spicy seasoning, use a tsp of salt and any other spices you want. 
  • If you are making a double batch, I recommend cooking the grits separately as they will not fit in one bowl in the Instant Pot. You can double everything else in the IP. However I wouldn’t double the creole seasoning. I’d recommend using 1 ½ tbs rather than 2 full tablespoons. Cook time would remain the same.


Calories: 409kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 243mg | Sodium: 997mg | Potassium: 517mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1760IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 206mg | Iron: 3.4mg