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Instant Pot Shrimp and Grits

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Instant Pot Shrimp and Grits


3 seriously delicious Southern meals you can make quickly in an Instant Pot

No other kitchen appliance has caught our attention in recent history quite like the Instant Pot — so why not try it out on some of our Southern favorites? Spoiler alert: the results, of course, are delicious.  

Here are three classic Southern meals that you can make in an instant (pot).

Instant Pot Shrimp and Grits
This recipe's secret is the nifty technique of cooking the grits in a bowl atop the gravy, which eliminates the need to stand and whisk for 45 minutes and gets the grits infused with the aromas of the savory gravy below. Better yet, this recipe is essentially a one pot meal, so you can enjoy your warm, cozy dish without a looming mountain of dishes in the sink.  
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Instant Pot Barbecue Pork Shoulder
No knives are required for this crazy easy barbecue pork recipe — after simply seasoning the meat and combining everything in the pot, you've got ultra-tender pork that basically shreds itself. Hold onto the braising liquid to add to just about anything for a meaty, smoky punch of flavor; stir it into grits or mashed potatoes, or cook it down into a lip-smacking sauce.  
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Instant Pot Collard Greens
Sitting over the stove for hours to make collard greens will be a distant memory when using an Instant Pot — using pressure in a moist environment creates quick and perfectly tender greens in just 20 minutes. Don't forget to add rendered bacon fat; it'll bring smoky richness that will compliment the sweet brown sugar and the tangy vinegar. 
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Dena Rayess is a recipe editor and cookbook author based in San Francisco. She enjoys exploring new foodways in and around the Bay Area and beyond, and has been known to whip up a mean house cocktail at dinner parties.

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