Simple Grits

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Editor's Note: Serve these grits for breakfast this morning, or serve them as a side dish to shrimp for dinner tonight. However (and whenever) you decide to cook them, there's no denying these Simple Grits are easy to make and will be a hit with your family! A staple of Southern cooking, this easy side dish recipe takes almost an hour to prepare, but will be worth the wait every time. This Simple Grits recipe only uses six ingredients, which you likely already have on hand at home. This inexpensive recipe is a great way to round out almost any meal, too. 

Makes3 cups; enough for 4 people

Cooking Time50 min



Total Timeunder 1 hour

Kid FriendlyYes

One Pot MealYes

OccasionCasual Dinner Party, Family Get Together

Recipe CourseSide Dish

Five Ingredients or LessYes

MealBreakfast, Brunch

Taste and TextureButtery, Creamy


  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup stone-ground grits
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter


  1. Pour the milk and water into a 2-quart saucepan, cover, and turn the head to medium-high. 

  2. When the milk mixture boils (about 5 minutes), uncover the pot, add the grits and salt, and reduce the heat to medium. Stir constantly until the grits are the consistency of thick soup and release a fragrant sweet-corn perfume, about 8 minutes. 

  3. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, stirring every 2 to 3 minutes, for about 20 minutes, until the grits thicken and fall lazily from the end of the spoon. Cook about 15 minutes more, stirring constantly to prevent the grits from sticking to the bottom of the pan. ​

  4. When the grits are creamy and fluffy and soft, turn off the heat, add the pepper and butter, and stir to incorporate. Season to taste with salt and pepper, if desired, and serve immediately.


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Why is it, reguardless of the site, that every recipe that says South Carolina is always a grits recipe? Surely they have other recipes in that State that are worthy?


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