Fried Baked Grits

NotesThese grits can be served hot, direct from the oven, or made in advance and fried just before serving.

Serves6 to 8

Cooking Methodbaking, pan-frying


Total Timeunder 2 hours

Kid FriendlyYes

One Pot MealYes

Recipe Courseside dish, snack

Dietary Considerationvegetarian

Equipmentbaking/gratin dish

Five Ingredients or LessYes

Mealbrunch, dinner


Taste and Texturebuttery, cheesy, crisp


  • Butter, for baking dish
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1½ cups quick cooking grits
  • ¼ pound plus 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1½ teaspoons salt
  • Dash of hot pepper sauce
  • 1½ cups grated cheddar or rat cheese
  • 3 eggs, well-beaten
  • Butter, for frying
  • Large rectangular ovenproof baking dish


  1. Butter the baking dish, set aside. Preheat the oven to 350°.

  2. In a large saucepan, bring the milk and 2 cups water to a boil over high heat. Pour in the grits, stirring constantly until moistened. Remove from the heat and stir in the butter, seasonings, cheese and eggs. Pour into the prepared baking dish and bake for 1 hour.

  3. Let cool to room temperature and cut into diamond shapes.

  4. Pan fry in butter until golden on both sides.


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