Shrimp and Grits in the Instant Pot

05/19/2018
Shrimp and grits prepared in instant pot on a plate ready to eat

Shrimp and Grits in the Instant Pot

Shrimp and grits are a classic Southern Recipe.  Using your instant pot to help you prepare it is a modern twist on an old favorite.  I prepared Old Fashioned Grits in the Instant Pot for a hands free grit making experience – no standing over the stove for 20 minutes constantly stirring.  Just put a little olive oil, water, salt, Cajun seasoning, and grits in the instant pot, push the porridge button and prepare the rest of your meal while the grits cook unattended.  I bought fresh, peeled medium Gulf shrimp and sautéed them in a non-stick skillet to add to the finished grits, and my shrimp and grits in the instant pot dinner was an easy success.  Try shrimp and grits in the Instant Pot today!

How to Make Grits in the Instant Pot

Grits Using Olive Oil in Instant Pot

Grits Using Olive Oil in Instant Pot

Pour 1 tablespoon of olive oil in the instant pot pan.  For 4 servings of grits, add 4 cups water, 1 cup Old Fashioned Grits , 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon Cajun Seasoning or red pepper.  Place lid with sealing ring in place on instant pot and twist lid to close.  Place vent on top in sealed position.  Push the porridge button and the timer will set for 20 minutes.  After heating up and coming to pressure, the grits will cook by themselves for 20 minutes and the timer will beep.  Allow the pressure to release naturally.  Remove lid and stir grits.  They will be watery looking on top and the grits are more clumped together at the bottom.  Simply scrape a little with a spatula and stir for a minute to mix and the mixture smoothes out.  Add another 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper.  You can add more to adjust to your preference.  I also stirred in 1 cup of fat free cheddar cheese.   Put the lid and vent back on and press the keep warm button.   The grits will thicken some more and you are free to adjust the final timing of your meal.  Sauté  the shrimp to go on top of the grits for 4-6 minutes right before serving.

How to Sauté Shrimp

Pour 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a non-stick pan on top of the stove.  Add 2 pounds of fresh, peeled shrimp.  Sprinkle seafood seasoning generously on top of the shrimp.  I used Red Lobster signature seafood seasoning that I purchased at the grocery store in the spice section.  Stir fry shrimp, occasionally holding the spatula flat against them while cooking.  They will be done in about 4 to 6 minutes.

How to Assemble Shrimp and Grits

For the final step to prepare shrimp and grits in the instant pot, remove lid from instant pot and place about a cup full of grits on individual serving plates.  Top with 1/2 pound of the sautéed shrimp.  Ready to eat and enjoy!

 

How to Cook Using Your Instant Pot

 

Shrimp and Grits in the Instant Pot

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Serves: 4
Cooking Time: 30 minutes to 1 hour

Ingredients

  • For Grits:
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp Cajun seasoning or red pepper
  • 1 cup Quaker Old Fashion Grits (Not quick cooking)
  • 4 cups water
  • Additional: 1 cup fat free cheddar cheese, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp fresh black pepper
  • For Shrimp:
  • 2 pounds peeled, fresh Gulf shrimp
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons Red Lobster signature seafood seasoning

Instructions

1

For Grits in the Instant Pot

2

Place 1 tablespoon olive oil, 4 cups water, 1 cup Quaker Old Fashioned grits, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon Cajun seasoning or red peeper in instant pot pan. Place pan in instant pot and cover with lid. Be sure lid has sealing ring in place. Twist lid to lock and place vent in closed position. Press porridge button and timer will set to 20 minutes. After timer beeps allow steam to release naturally for about 10 minutes. You can use a dishtowel or potholder to test the sealing vent to be sure the pressure has gone down. If it is still under pressure, turn vent to release. Watch your fingers because the steam is hot. Carefully remove lid. Stir grits and add 1 cup cheddar cheese, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon fresh black pepper. Stir until smooth, replace lid and vent. Press keep warm button.

3

For Shrimp Sautéed on the Stove

4

Place 1 tablespoon olive oil and 2 pounds peeled, fresh Gulf shrimp in a non-stick skillet. Sprinkle 1 to 2 teaspoons Red Lobster signature seafood seasoning on top of shrimp. Stir fry on high for 4 to 6 minutes until shrimp is cooked thoroughly and is light golden color. I used a spatula to hold the shrimp flat occasionally while stir frying.

5

Carefully remove lid from instant pot and place about a cup full of grits on a plate. Top with about a half pound of shrimp. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

You can adjust salt and pepper seasonings to your taste. The grits keep warm and thicken in the instant pot while you are preparing the rest of your meal. If you plan to serve them immediately instead of letting them warm for a while you should use 3 to 3 1/2 cups of water instead of 4. The cheese helps them have a thicker consistency so if you are omitting the cheese you should use about 3 to 3 1/2 cups of water. If the grits are still too watery when you are ready to serve them, just press the sauté button and stir for a minute. The instant pot is very versatile.

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