Instant Pot, Southern Cheesy Grits

This is one of my family’s favorite breakfast foods, made directly in the Instant Pot. We always serve it with PLENTY of butter. which when mixed, creates a great and flavorful bite every time.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup stone-ground grits
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

optional: butter for serving


  1. In your Instant Pot bowl, add the stone-ground grits and butter.
  2. Press the saute button and saute the grits, with the butter, (mixing constantly) for about 2-3 minutes, until the grits are slightly toasted.
  3. Then mix in the water, milk, salt, and pepper. Add the lid, making sure that the vent is in the sealing position.
  4. Set the manual high pressure for 10 minutes. When the time is up, do a natural release.
  5. When the pin has dropped, and the pressure has been completely released, open the lid, and then stir.
  6. Mix in the shredded cheddar cheese.
  7. Plate, serve, and enjoy!

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