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Instant Pot Garlic and Cheese Grits

Instant Pot Garlic and Cheese Grits: The Ultimate Comfort Food

Imagine diving into a bowl of creamy, cheesy grits infused with the rich flavors of garlic, bacon, and fresh chives. This Instant Pot Garlic and Cheese Grits recipe takes a Southern classic to the next level, making it the ultimate comfort food that’s both quick and easy to prepare.


Can I use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth?

Yes, vegetable broth can be a great substitute if you’re looking for a vegetarian option.

What type of grits should I use?

Regular, not instant, grits are recommended for the best texture.

Can I skip the bacon?

Absolutely, the bacon is optional and can be omitted for a vegetarian version.

Tips and Tricks

  1. Seasoning: Don’t underestimate the power of seasoned pepper and garlic salt; they elevate the flavors significantly.
  2. Heavy Cream: For extra creaminess, make sure to stir in the heavy cream after the grits are cooked.
  3. Butter: Adding butter at the end gives the grits a rich, velvety texture.


  • Spicy Grits: Add a dash of cayenne pepper for a spicy kick.
  • Herb-Infused: Use different types of herbed cheese for a new flavor profile each time.
  • Seafood Grits: Top with some sautéed shrimp for a complete meal.

Where to Serve

This dish is perfect for a hearty breakfast, a cozy dinner, or even as a side at holiday gatherings.


Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat with a splash of chicken broth or water to maintain creaminess.

Common Problems and How to Avoid Them

  1. Lumpy Grits: To avoid lumps, whisk the grits well while adding them to the liquid.
  2. Too Thick or Thin: Adjust the consistency by adding more broth or heavy cream as needed.
  3. Lack of Flavor: Make sure to season well with garlic salt and seasoned pepper.

Tips for Making This Recipe with Kids

  1. Safe Tasks: Let kids crumble the cooked bacon and grate the Parmesan.
  2. Mixing: Kids can help stir in the cheese and heavy cream after the grits are cooked.
  3. Topping Time: Allow them to sprinkle on the toppings of their choice.

Topping Options

  • Extra Cheese: A sprinkle of extra Parmesan never hurts.
  • Fresh Herbs: Garnish with additional chopped chives or parsley.
  • Sliced Avocado: For a dose of healthy fats, add some avocado slices.

Why This Recipe Works

  1. Quick and Easy: Using an Instant Pot cuts down the cooking time drastically, making it a perfect meal for busy days.
  2. Flavor Depth: The combination of garlic, bacon, and herbed cheese creates a complex and satisfying flavor profile.
  3. Versatility: The recipe is easily customizable with different cheeses, seasonings, and toppings.

So, if you’re looking for a dish that’s comforting, flavorful, and kid-friendly, these Instant Pot Garlic and Cheese Grits are the way to go.

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Easy Instant Pot Garlic and Cheese Grits
Yield: 8 servings

Easy Instant Pot Garlic and Cheese Grits

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Indulge in the ultimate comfort food with Instant Pot Garlic and Cheese Grits. This creamy, flavorful dish is a quick and versatile meal that's perfect for busy days or cozy nights in.


  • 2 cups of Grits
  • 5 cups of Chicken Broth
  • Fresh Chives - washed and chopped
  • 3 or 4 pieces of Fresh Bacon - cooked and crumbled
  • 1 teaspoon of Minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon of Coarse Ground Garlic Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Seasoned Pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon of sweet Paprika
  • 6 Tablespoons of Herbed cheese
  • 1/2 cup of Heavy Cream
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Grated Parmesan
  • 4 Tablespoons butter


  1. Place the Grits, Chicken Broth, fresh Chives, Fresh Bacon, Minced Garlic, Garlic salt, Seasoned Pepper, and Paprika in the Liner of the Instant Pot.  Stir well, and place the lid on the Instant Pot.  Make sure the Pressure Valve is set to 'SEALING'.  
  2. Press the 'PRESSURE COOK' button, and set the time for 8 minutes.  Cook the Grits, and let the pressure release naturally. 
  3. When the Instant Pot beeps, and displays 'OFF', turn the Pressure Valve to 'VENTING' from Sealing, to make sure all the pressure has been released.  
  4. Make sure the FLOAT VALVE has dropped down, and then remove the lid to the Instant Pot.  Stir the Grits, and add 6 Tablespoons of Herbed cheese (see link for cheese), the Heavy Cream, butter, and fresh Grated Parmesan Cheese.  Stir well, until all ingredients are blended.  Serve, and Enjoy!


Make sure you do not add the Butter, Heavy Cream, or Parmesan Cheese while cooking the Grits, as it will curdle during cooking.  Add the butter, cream, and cheese after the Grits are cooked.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 224Total Fat 16gSaturated Fat 9gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 47mgSodium 1003mgCarbohydrates 14gFiber 1gSugar 1gProtein 6g

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