Instant Pot Sausage Gravy

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This Instant Pot Sausage Gravy recipe makes a biscuits and gravy breakfast easier than ever! It’s thick, creamy, and richly flavored, perfect for serving with buttermilk biscuits or homemade grits.

If savory breakfasts are your favorite, you’ll also love my Sausage and Gravy Breakfast Casserole. Want another Instant Pot breakfast option? Try this Instant Pot Egg Bites recipe.

White frilled plate topped with an open faced biscuit and homemade sausage gravy. Tray of extra biscuits in background.

Why You’ll Love This Instant Pot Sausage Gravy

What says “comfort food” better than a plate of biscuits and gravy?

Creamy gravy loaded with flavorful sausage and poured over fluffy biscuits makes a hearty weekend brunch or easy dinner any day of the week.

This Instant Pot Sausage Gravy offers all that down home “stick-to-your-ribs” goodness of the best white gravy, with minimal time and effort.

Here’s why you’ll love it:

  • This recipe has everything you love about sausage gravy, but quicker and easier. It’s rich, creamy, and everyone will love it!
  • The whole thing comes together in your pressure cooker. The only other dish you’ll need is a bowl to whisk together the milk and flour. Hello, easy cleanup!
  • I’m a big fan of recipes with a short list of ingredients and this Instant Pot sausage gravy is one that I’m almost always equipped to make, even if I don’t have time for a trip to the store.

Add a batch of cinnamon rolls, pancakes, and waffles to the table, and you’ve got a complete brunch menu!

Instant Pot filled with sausage gravy. Big silver ladle lifter up!

Important Ingredient Notes

  • Ground pork sausage – This adds meatiness, but more importantly, it’s the main source of flavor. For a note of sweetness in the gravy, use maple pork sausage!
  • Chicken broth – I like to use low-sodium broth so I can keep the saltiness of the gravy in check. If you use regular broth, add a touch less salt to the gravy, taste, and then add more if needed.
  • Milk – Milk and flour make this Instant Pot sausage gravy creamy and rich. I recommend using whole or 2% milk.
  • Canned biscuits – Or bake Homemade Biscuits if you prefer!
White plate with biscuits and gravy. Instant Pot filled with more sausage gravy, and fresh baked biscuits in a wooden bowl.

How to Make Sausage Gravy in an Instant Pot

  • Brown the Sausage: Using the SAUTE function on your Instant Pot, brown the sausage and break it up with a wooden spoon. Don’t drain off the grease. 
  • Deglaze: Add the butter and chicken broth, then scrape up the brown bits from the bottom of the pot with the wooden spoon.
  • Cook: Lock the lid and turn the pressure release valve to SEALING. Select HIGH PRESSURE with a cook time of 4 minutes.
  • Combine the Milk and Flour: Whisk together the milk and flour in a bowl.
  • Release: When the cook time ends, do a quick release by moving the pressure cooker valve on top to VENTING. Open the lid.
  • Finish: Turn the Instant Pot back to SAUTE. Pour in the milk mixture, then season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring, until the sausage gravy is thick and bubbly, then serve.
Copper bowl with sausage gravy and ladle. Bowl of strawberries and fresh biscuits in background.

Tips and Tricks

  • When you add the chicken broth, don’t forget to scrape the bottom of the pot with the wooden spoon to get any browned bits that stick to the pan. This will prevent the burn notice from popping up on the Instant Pot, and those browned bits also add lots of flavor to your gravy!
  • For best results, use milk with at least 2% fat content. The higher the fat content, the creamier your gravy will be! If you prefer to use nonfat or 1% milk, add 2 extra tablespoons of flour.
  • Make sure there aren’t any lumps in the flour and milk mixture when you add it to the sausage gravy. It can help to whisk the flour with a few splashes of milk at first, then incorporate the rest.
  • Want to make Instant Pot sausage gravy but don’t have any biscuits? Sausage gravy is also delicious served over slices of toasted bread, English muffins, or potatoes.
White plate topped with sausage and biscuits with a fork. Served with fresh biscuits and strawberries.

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Instant Pot Sausage Gravy

5 from 7 votes
By: Aimee
Biscuits smothered in thick, creamy sausage gravy is my idea of the perfect comfort food. Making Biscuits and Gravy is easier than ever with this Instant Pot Sausage Gravy recipe!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes
Servings: 16 servings


  • 2 pounds ground pork sausage
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 16 canned biscuits
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  • Bake biscuits according to package directions, or make homemade.
  • Turn the Instant Pot on "SAUTE", when it’s hot, add the sausage. Cook until browned, breaking it up with a wooden spoon. Do NOT drain the grease. Add in butter and chicken broth. Scrape the bottom of the pot with the wooden spoon to get any browned bits that stick to the pan, this will prevent the "burn" notice.
  • Lock the lid and turn the pressure release valve to "SEALING." Select "HIGH PRESSURE" with a cook time of 4 minutes.
  • While the sausage is pressure cooking, combine milk and flour in a bowl, whisking it together.
  • When the cook time ends, do a quick release by moving the pressure cooker valve on top to "VENTING." Open the lid.
  • Turn Instant Pot back on "SAUTE." Add in the milk mixture and the salt and pepper. Stir until sausage gravy is thick and bubbly, this will take several minutes. Serve over cooked biscuits. ENJOY!


  • Recipe tested in my 6qt Instant Pot.
  • Use maple flavored pork sausage for a delicious, slightly sweet flavor!
  • I used 2% milk, the higher the fat content the better. Would work great with whole milk too. If using a lower fat milk (skim or 1%, increase the flour by 2 Tbsp).


Calories: 455kcal, Carbohydrates: 34g, Protein: 17g, Fat: 28g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 17g, Cholesterol: 59mg, Sodium: 1016mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g
Course: Breakfast and Brunch
Cuisine: American
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Thick gravy packed with flavorful bits of sausage turns a can of biscuits into a filling and comforting meal! Thanks to your instant pot, you can have a steaming hot plate of Biscuits and Gravy on the dinner table in no time.

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Posted on March 28, 2020

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  1. Hi! I love your recipes! Question…if cutting this recipe in half, would the cook time change at all? Thank you ☺️

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