Instant Pot Grits are creamy, cheesy, delicious, and ready in minutes!

No more stirring and pot watching, grits in the Instant Pot always come out perfect every time!

Serve with eggs for breakfast or with shrimp for lunch or dinner. Fluffy, creamy grits go with all kinds of toppings and add-ins!

A bowl of cheesy instant pot grits topped with two pats of butter and shredded cheese

Easy Cheesy Instant Pot Grits

  • This Southern classic is a staple for breakfast with a fried egg on top, or served with meatballs or shrimp for a hearty dinner!
  • Grits are easy to make and a budget-friendly recipe for large families.
  • Basic or cheese grits can be customized with different seasonings, cheeses, or mix-ins to make them a new recipe every time!
  • Quick and easy, cheesy grits can be served straight from the Instant Pot! Serve them with some topping like extra cheese, green onions, bacon bits, or salsa.
Cheesy Instant Pot Grits ingredients labeled: Water, Butter, Stone Ground White Grits, Salt & Pepper, Cheddar Cheese, and Milk

Ingredients & Variations

Grits – Be sure to look for stone ground instead of instant grits for the best consistency.

Milk – Whole milk will create the richest flavor, but any milk or non-dairy alternative works. Be sure it is warmed before adding to the Instant Pot in Step 5.

Cheese – Cheddar offers the sharpest flavor, but any cheese will work. A little bit of parmesan can be stirred in if you’d like.

Variations – Stir in your fave veggies like diced broccoli or cauliflower, diced tomatoes, sliced jalapenos, or green chilis. Top cheesy grits with bacon bits, extra cheese, or a dash of your favorite hot sauce or salsa.

How to Cook Grits in the Instant Pot

Cheesy grits come out smooth and creamy every time with the Instant Pot!

  1. Saute grits in melted butter (per the recipe below).
  2. Add water and seal the Instant Pot.
  3. Cook on HIGH for 10 minutes and allow for a natural release.
  4. Stir in warmed milk and cheese. Season before serving.
A bowl of cheesy instant pot grits topped with two pats of butter

Best Tips & Tricks

  • Leftover cheese grits will keep in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  • Reheat in the microwave or stovetop with a little bit of milk stirred in to loosen up the cheese and make it creamy again.

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Cheesy Instant Pot Grits

In just a matter of minutes, you can have Instant Pot grits ready to serve!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Pressure Build And Release Time 30 minutes
Total Time 47 minutes
Servings 5 cups
Author Holly


6 qt Instant Pot


  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cups stone ground white grits
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 ½ cup milk warmed
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese or more to taste
  • teaspoon each salt and pepper or to taste


  • Melt the butter in the Instant Pot using the saute setting over medium heat.
  • Add the grits and cook for 2 minutes, stirring often, until fragrant.
  • Add the water and cover and seal the Instant Pot.
  • Cook for 10 minutes on Manual high pressure. Preform a natural pressure release for 15 minutes After that time, release any remaining pressure.
  • Stir the warmed milk into the grits, followed by the cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve hot with a sprinkle of cheese and butter.


Leftover cheese grits will keep in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. 
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Nutrition Information

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 246kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 149mg | Potassium: 150mg | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 440IU | Calcium: 169mg | Iron: 0.4mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Breakfast, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American

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  1. 5 stars
    I used Nutiva Butter Flavored coconut oil instead of the butter, vegan cheese shreds, and 1 TBS. organic powdered milk. Very delicious. Tomorrow will make fried grit cakes. Thank you for the great IP recipe.

  2. 4 stars
    My grits turned out great without all of the stirring!! I used local smoked, stone ground grits. I did use half of the milk in my recipe and they turned out perfect. Thank you for helping me to use my instant pot for recipes I would never think to use it for!

  3. 4 stars
    We made these with dinner last night, and they were good! We might add some garlic next time, but we’re garlic addicts. 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    Wonderful recipe! This makes a ton of grits though. Do you know amounts and cooking times to make grits for one person in my instant pot mini? Thanks in advance!