Stone-Ground Grits in the Instant Pot

  • Author: Lisa @ This Pilgrim Life
  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 43 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x
  • Category: side dish
  • Method: pressure cooking


Grits can be messy and finicky to make on the stove-top, but making stone-ground grits in the Instant Pot is so easy, mess-free, and hands-off!



  • 1 cup stone-ground grits
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • optional: 1/2 cup cheese choice


  1. Pour one cup of water in the bottom of the Instant Pot. Place in the trivet. Combine the grits, water, and salt in a 1.5qt bowl* and cover with foil. Place the dish on the trivet. Set the cook time for 10 minutes on high pressure.
  2. When the cook time is complete, let the pressure naturally release 10 minutes before manually releasing the remaining pressure. Lift the bowl of grits from the Instant Pot. Remove the foil, stir, then return the foil to the bowl. Let the grits stand for 10 minutes before serving (the grits will thicken as they sit).
  3. Optional: stir in cheese after the grits finish cooking. Parmesan, pimento cheese, etc.


*I like to use a 1.5qt corning ware bowl for making these grits. I highly recommend this bowl. I also use it for egg casseroles, strata, lasagna, shepherd’s pie, etc. You could also use a metal bowl or other oven-safe dish.