½cup(optional) shredded sharp or medium cheddar cheese
Spray liner generously with cooking spray so grits don't stick to pot. Pour in water first to create a barrier, then add salt and grits. Whisk gently to combine.
Secure on lid and make sure valve is in sealed position. Cook under HIGH pressure for 10 minutes. After cook time has ended, hit CANCEL, and let pressure release naturally for 15 minutes.
Remove lid and add butter with milk or cream. Whisk vigorously to remove any clumps. You may also need to use a back of a spoon to break up any clumps.
For cheesy grits add cheddar cheese and stir until blended. If necessary, season to taste with additional salt and pepper. Serve immediately.
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Tips to Remember
Spray liner generously with cooking spray so grits don't stick to pot. Also, pour in water first to create a barrier, then add salt and grits. Whisk gently.
Use 1/2 cup - 1 cup milk depending on how thick or thin you like your grits.
For best taste use at least whole milk. Generally the higher the fat in the dairy the better tasting your grits will be!
Freshly grated cheese is best when making cheese grits. Use any preferred cheese.
Best Grits to Use in Instant Pot
I've tried all three types and below are my suggestions for choosing and cooking different types of grits.Stone Ground GritsUsing stone ground grits had the most consistent results when cooking under pressure. Because this type of grit is more coarsely ground, they have a heartier texture and perform well cooked under such high heat.Old Fashioned Regular GritsRegular grits are granulated to a medium grind so they cook faster. For that reason, I found them a little inconsistent when cooking in an instant pot. Sometimes they turned out fine, but other times the water absorbed too quickly and the grits stuck to the bottom.Quick GritsQuick grits are the finest ground so they cook the fastest, usually in about 5-7 minutes on the stove top. When I tried cooking them in the pressure cooker I did not have great results.The water absorbed too quickly, so the grits stick to the liner, resulting in a burn notice. Honestly, any time saved by using an instant pot will be spent cleaning burnt grits off your liner.Overall, leave the quicker cooking grits for the stove, and use stone ground grits for instant pot.
Help! My Instant Pot Says BURN while cooking grits
If your instant pot stops cooking and says "BURN" while cooking grits, the grits have probably stuck to the bottom of the pot.Hit CANCEL and quickly release any pressure from the pot. Carefully open lid and stir the grits. Most likely there will be a thin layer of stuck on grits on the bottom.At this point I usually test my grits to see if they are cooked. If so, add the butter, milk, and cheese.If they are not cooked, secure the lid back on, and let the grits sit and steam for 15 minutes. Remove lid, stir, and add remaining ingredients. Then remove the cooked grits from the pot and let the liner sit with boiling water and soap to loosen the stuck on grits.