Instant Pot Shrimp and Grits is a delicious one-pot meal. The tender shrimp and crispy bacon in a spicy tomato-based sauce are combined with creamy grits to create a delicious fusion of flavors. The beauty of this recipe is that you can cook the grits with the shrimp in the same pot. This popular recipe receives rave reviews!
instant shrimp and grain recipe was adapted from my own shrimp and grits recipe I’ve been making since I lived in the south.
Shrimp and grits is a classic Southern recipe. If you’re wondering what semolina is, it’s coarsely ground dried corn, similar to Italian polenta.
Originally served as a breakfast dish in the southeastern United States, shrimp and grits have gained popularity on restaurant dinner menus. There are probably as many variations of shrimp and grits as there are restaurants serving the dish.
I have eaten shrimp and grits without tomatoes, with mushrooms, with cheese, or with andouille sausage or chorizo instead of bacon. Some versions are simple with only salt and pepper for spices and other versions use bolder flavorings.
My version is not the salt and pepper type! It has shrimp rubbed with spices in a rich tomato-based sauce served on a bed of creamy grits. By adapting the recipe to the electric pressure cooker, I wanted to make the dish a one-pot meal with as few steps as possible.
The dish is easy to make: of the 45 minutes of cooking time, less than 10 minutes are practical. The end result is wonderfully tasty and comforting shrimp and grits.
You will notice that the shrimp are not sautéed at first. It is seasoned with a dry touch of Old Bay seasoning added at the end. This seals all flavors.
Since the shrimp are cooked in the residual heat of the instant pot, be sure to close the instant pot immediately after adding the shrimp, you don’t want to let too much heat escape!
I hope you can try this recipe for shrimp and instant grains. If you have never tried semolina, this is the way to try them because they go very well with shrimp. It’s a meal in one that’s delicious and satisfying.
Here are some Instant Pot recipes you’d like to try! – Instant Pot Jambalaya– Instant Pot Gumbo- Instant Pot Red Beans and Rice
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Instant Pot Easy Shrimp and Grits
More details on the printable recipe card at end of this post
How to Make Shrimp and Semolina in the
Instant Pot (Step by Step Instructions)
- Sauté bacon
- onions and peppers Add
- tomatoes and seasonings
- on a trivet
- Pressure cooking
- Release pressure
- Remove the semolina
- and add the cream
- Heat during
and add the shrimp Cook the shrimp
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- Season the shrimp with Old Bay seasoning and set aside.
- until crispy, about 3 minutes
- Using a slotted spoon, remove the bacon to a plate and set aside.
. Cook the bacon
Add onions and peppers
- and peppers. Sauté the processed bacon fat until the onion is translucent, about 2 to 3 minutes.
- Add the garlic and sauté for another 30 seconds.
- Turn off Instant Pot.
Add tomatoes and
- Deglaze with white wine and stir well to remove golden chunks from the bottom of the instant pot, allowing the wine to evaporate mostly.
- Add tomatoes, lemon juice, broth, tabasco, salt and pepper.
- Stir to combine.
Place the semolina in the trivet
- Place the rivet in the Instant Pot.
- Stir the milk, water, semolina, salt, and pepper in a glass, oven-safe container
- Place the bowl in the trivet.
Instant Pot Duo
- Close the lid and make sure the steam release handle is in the sealing position .
- Press Manual (or Pressure Cook) and + or – until the screen reads 10 (10 minutes).
Instant Pot Ultra Pressure Cook 10 minutes
- Close the lid.
- Select mode pressure cooking and setting the time to 10 minutes (00:10).
- Press Start.
Pressure cooking process (
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- instant pot screen will change to On.
- Once the Instant Pot is pressurized, the float valve will go up.
- The screen
- 0; then it will switch to Keep Warm mode and display L0: 00 or 00 00 and will start counting the number of minutes since the pressure cooking was completed.
will count to
How to Naturally Release Pressure (NPR) in the DUO and ULTRA
- Allow pressure to be released naturally (NPR). The float valve will be in the downward position. This may take 15 to 30 minutes. [Learn more about pressure release methods and how and when to use them.]
- Tap Cancel and open the Instant Pot.
Remove the semolina and add the shrimp
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- containing the semolina, add butter, lint with a fork and set aside. *
- For grits with cheese, add 2 ounces of cheddar cheese or your choice of cheese.
- Remove the trivet and add the shrimp.
* Make sure you don’t let too much heat escape while removing sand. The shrimp will be cooked in the waste heat of the instant pot.
Cook the shrimp and add the cream
Close the instant pot and allow the shrimp to
- finish cooking in the heat residual
- After 10 minutes, open the Instant Pot
- Add the cream and gently stir the shrimp.
- Press Saute
- When heated (not boiled), press Cancel
- Remove to serving bowl and garnish with scallions and reserved bacon.
- Serve grits topped with shrimp and sauce.