Learn how to make deliciously flavorful & creamy Instant Pot Sausage Gravy in 30 mins! This Classic Biscuits and Gravy is a quick & easy hearty breakfast served with crisp & fluffy, buttery 2-ingredient homemade biscuits. The ultimate southern comfort food your family will love!
Many readers have been asking how to make a delicious sausage gravy in Instant Pot.
After different experiments & testings, we’ve decided to develop this easy Instant Pot Sausage Gravy using Instant Pot’s “Saute” mode over the “Pressure Cook” mode because using the “Saute” mode makes a tastier Sausage Gravy!
One of many reasons why we love our Instant Pot is the awesome “Saute” feature that allows us to saute straight in the pot! This Saute function is great especially for users living in dorm rooms, RV, boats, on the road, traveling, or camping. Or those who simply don’t want to dirty many pots and pans.
*Note: You can easily make this sausage gravy recipe on the stovetop as well. 🙂
What is Sausage Gravy?
Sausage Gravy (or Biscuits and Gravy) is a traditional classic country-style breakfast dish from Southern United States.
It’s a meaty hearty creamy gravy that’s essentially whole milk thickened with roux (consists of fat drippings from the yummy sausages).
Sausage gravy is often served over warm buttery homemade biscuits. But you can also serve this delicious gravy over toast, eggs, grits, fried potatoes, hashbrowns, or breakfast comfort food you love! 🙂
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Gravy: perfect consistency – creamy smooth, hearty rich, not too thin or too thick, not watery or starchy
Gravy: packed with flavors – balanced savory, umami, hint of sweetness, not flat or bland tasting
Sausage: juicy, bursting with savory caramelized flavors, satisfying bouncy bite & multiple textures, not dry, rubbery or tasteless
Sausage: has just the right amount of sausage to make a meaty gravy (not overloaded with meat yet not just a thin sauce with meat bits)
Homemade Biscuit: aromatic, buttery, fresh from the oven warm, crisp on the outside, soft & fluffy on the inside
Ingredients for Cooking Sausage Gravy in Instant Pot
*Soy Sauce: Definitely not a traditional ingredient in a classic sausage gravy, but it’s our little magical ingredient that will boost the savoriness (umami) and flavor complexity of the sausage gravy.
*Milk: We like to use Whole Milk for a richer flavor and more wholesome consistency.
*Unsalted Butter: Different brands or even different blocks of the same brand of salted butter can differ in levels of sodium, so we prefer to develop recipes using unsalted butter for more control & consistency on the dish’s overall flavor profile.
Time to make Classic Homemade Sausage Gravy in Instant Pot!
Instant Pot Sausage Gravy
Learn how to make deliciously flavorful & creamy Instant Pot Sausage Gravy in 30 mins! This Classic Biscuits and Gravy is a quick & easy hearty breakfast served with crisp & fluffy 2-ingredient buttery homemade biscuits. The ultimate southern comfort food your family will love!
Brown Sausage: Heat up Instant Pot using “Sauté More” function. Wait until Instant Pot says “HOT”. Make sure Instant Pot is as hot as it can be to induce a maillard reaction. Add 2 tbsp (28g) unsalted butter in Instant Pot. Ensure the whole bottom is coated with butter. Cut the sausages into pieces, then brown sausages in Instant Pot for 7 - 10 minutes. Stir occasionally. *Pro Tip: Break up some of the sausages into crumbles while keeping the rest in larger pieces for better textures.
Make Roux: There should be a lot of dripping fats in Instant Pot - we need them to make the roux. Sprinkle in ¼ cup (30g) all-purpose flour on the sausages, then stir to mix. Adjust Instant Pot to "Saute Normal" mode. With a wooden spoon, scrub the bottom of the pot and make sure no flour is sticking to the bottom. We want to make a brown roux for maximum flavors, so keep stirring occasionally for about 8 to 10 minutes. Again, make sure no flour is sticking to the bottom of the Instant Pot. Once the roux has reached a dark brown color, add 1 tablespoon regular soy sauce (15ml) to Instant Pot, then stir to mix.
Make Sausage Gravy: Pour 2 cups (500ml) whole milk in Instant Pot, then mix well. Scrub the bottom of the pot one more time to ensure nothing is sticking to the pot. Once the milk starts bubbling, the mixture will start to thicken, so stir occasionally. Let the mixture simmer for roughly 4 minutes (see photo for thickness).
Season & Serve Sausage Gravy: Taste the sausage gravy, then adjust the seasoning with freshly ground black pepper and salt if necessary. Top your warm biscuits with creamy Sausage Gravy, then serve immediately.
Optional - Make Homemade Biscuits: Preheat oven to 425°F. Combine the same volume of self-rising flour and heavy cream together in a mixing bowl (Eg. If using 300g self-rising flour, use 300ml heavy cream). *Pro Tip: Make sure to use a kitchen scale and be careful NOT to over-mix the dough. *Reference: 1 cup (128g) self-rising flour + 128ml heavy cream will make roughly 4 - 5 homemade biscuits. Place biscuits on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Brush biscuits with more cream. Then, bake biscuits in the oven until golden brown (roughly 14 - 17 minutes). Enjoy!~*Credits: Homemade Biscuits Recipe created by J. Kenji López-Alt, author of The Food Lab cookbook.
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*Soy Sauce: It's not a traditional ingredient in classic sausage gravy, but we like to add it to boost the savoriness (umami) and flavor complexity of the sausage gravy.*Rate the Recipe: If you've tried the recipe, don't forget to Rate the Recipe in the Comments Section. Thank you!