Instant Pot Lightened-Up Shrimp and Grits

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recipe by Dana Angelo White

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based on 1 ratings

Traditional shrimp and grits is loaded with fat, but this version cuts the fat and calories, and uses the flavor of sweet, earthy smoked paprika to replace fatty bacon.

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recipe updated May 6, 2020


  • Lemon icon
    ½ (about 29 g)
  • Scallion icon
    2 tbsp (about 12.3 g)
  • Smoked paprika icon
    Smoked paprika
    ½ tsp (about 1.07 g)
  • Kosher salt icon
    Kosher salt
    ½ tsp (about 1.42 g)
  • Fresh thyme icon
    Fresh thyme
    2 tsp (about 1.6 g)
  • Red pepper flakes icon
    Red pepper flakes
    ½ tsp (about 0.4 g)
  • Red bell pepper icon
    Red bell pepper
    3 ¼ tbsp (about 30.24 g)
  • Olive oil icon
    Olive oil
    1 tbsp (about 13.65 g)
  • Unsalted butter icon
    Unsalted butter
    1 tbsp (about 14.4 g)
  • Grits icon
    ½ cup (about 56.81 g)
  • Water icon
    2 cups (about 480 g)
  • Large shrimp icon
    Large shrimp
    340.5 g (about 1 ½ cups)
  • Garlic clove icon
    Garlic clove
    1 (about 6 g)
  • Sharp white cheddar cheese icon
    Sharp white cheddar cheese
    ½ cup (about 52.5 g)


  • kCook icon Wooden spoon
  • kCook icon Instant Pot
  • kCook icon Large mixing bowl
  • kCook icon Large serving bowl
  • kCook icon Inner pot

Step preview

  1. Pre-heat - Sauté, Normal
  2. Add olive oil and unsalted butter to the inner pot
  3. Add large shrimp and garlic clove to the inner pot
  4. Sauté - 2 min
  5. Add red bell pepper to the inner pot
  6. Season with smoked paprika, kosher salt, fresh thyme, red pepper flakes and lemon
  7. Sauté - approx 5 min
  8. Transfer content of inner pot to large mixing bowl
  9. Cover with foil then set aside
  10. Add grits and unsalted butter to the inner pot
  11. Stir water into the inner pot slowly and cover
  12. Close and lock the lid and turn the steam release handle to Sealing
  13. Pressure cook - Manual, High, 10 min
  14. Natural release - 10 min
  15. Release pressure -
  16. Then add sharp white cheddar cheese to the inner pot
  17. Stir until melted
  18. Transfer content of inner pot to 4 large serving bowls
  19. Transfer shrimp to 4 large serving bowls
  20. Garnish with scallion
  21. Serve
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