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Pressure Cooker Carolina Shrimp & Cheddar Grits

Instant pot shrimp and grits are a house favorite—if only we could agree on a recipe. I stirred things up with cheddar and Cajun seasoning to find a winner. —Charlotte Price, Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 20 min. + releasing
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 4 cups water
  • 1 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup uncooked old-fashioned grits
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 pound peeled and deveined cooked shrimp (31-40 per pound)
  • 2 medium tomatoes, seeded and finely chopped
  • 4 green onions, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 4 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons Cajun seasoning


  • Select saute setting on a 6-qt. electric pressure cooker and adjust for high heat. Add the first four ingredients and stir to combine; bring to a boil. Slowly add grits, stirring constantly to avoid lumps. Select saute setting, reduce heat to low and cook about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in cheese and butter until melted. Stir in remaining ingredients. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until heated through.

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  • Nutrition Facts
    1 serving: 417 calories, 22g fat (13g saturated fat), 175mg cholesterol, 788mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 27g protein.


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    • T
      Mar 4, 2020

      LAME!! Like the others said, this is NOT a pressure cooker recipe. Plus no one every replied to the two previous comments. Last time I check this site for recipes. WACK!!!

    • Carol
      Jan 28, 2020

      So this recipe doesn't actually use the pressure cooker feature of the instant pot, Just the saute feature. It would be easier to cook this on the stovetop.

    • Kelly
      Jul 19, 2019

      Hi - please clarify. At what point would I pressure cook and for how long? Natural or manual release? The recipe reads as if everything is done on the sauté mode but the total time for the recipe mentions release time is included. Thanks!