Simple Southern Grits
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Even if you have never made Southern grits before, you will be able to make this recipe for Simple Southern Grits. Making homemade Southern grits is as simple as boiling liquid and stirring. Practically anyone can manage that! This easy grits recipe is a great recipe for beginning cooks and those who are new to Southern cooking. If you have never tasted grits before, these Simple Southern Grits are guaranteed to convert you. This recipe combines the cooked grits with a bit of butter and a touch of black pepper for a simple dish that can be served alongside any meal. You can make these grits your own simply by stirring in a bit of your favorite cheese. The great thing about this recipe for Simple Southern Grits is that it can easily be adapted. You can serve these grits by themselves, with shrimp, or with sauteed vegetables. No matter how you serve them, these Simple Southern Grits are sure to be a hit.


For more flavor, stir in one half cup of sharp Cheddar cheese with the butter and pepper in step 4.


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Cooking Time30 min


  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup grits or coarse-ground cornmeal
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • pinch black pepper


  1. Combine the water, milk, and salt in a large sauce pot. Bring to a boil.

  2. Once the liquid has come to a boil, slowly whisk in the grits or cornmeal.

  3. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 20 to 25 minutes, whisking frequently. Make sure to whisk thoroughly and break up any lumps that may form.

  4. Once the grits are creamy and cooked, remove from the heat. Add in the butter and pepper and whisk until combined. Serve hot.

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My mother was from the south, when she made grits for us, she would fry some onions and top the grits with them oh my they were so ggggoooddd

I love grits but I hate when they are cheesy! This recipe looks like they would be very creamy and good! The last time I tried to make grits they were terrible, so I am very excited to try this recipe haha

These grits were yummy! They were super thick, making them the perfect complement to a lunch or dinner dish. I think a few sauteed shrimp on top of these grits would make them even better. The simplicity of the recipe makes them a great go-to dish.

Before trying this recipe, my only experience with grits left me never wanting to eat them again - I was a kid, and thought they tasted like cleanser. Evidently, those were not well-prepared grits, because I opted to get brave and try grits again and found that I REALLY enjoy them! This recipe makes smooth, creamy, flavorful grits - nothing at all like that childhood experience. I had no idea grits could be this good! Buttery and delicious. Consider me a grits convert.

I don't know much about grits, but I liked this recipe. I want to eat more grits now!

It is HARD to find good southern grits above the Mason Dixon line. Do you have ANY IDEA how many restaurants and recipes I've tried? Nevermind, I can't tell you, the number is too high. But these grits FINALLY ENDED MY QUEST. They're of really good consistency, with just the right blend of salt and cornmeal to give that delicious, almost-gooey flavor. Next time someone tries to take you out for a "big Southern breakfast," patiently explain to them that they are setting themselves up for disappointment, and just make these instead.


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