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Homemade Southern Grits Recipe

Homemade Southern Grits Recipe
Homemade Southern Grits Recipe
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Even if you have never made Southern grits before, you will be able to make this Homemade Southern Grits Recipe. Cooking grits is as simple as boiling liquid and stirring - practically anyone can manage that! Whipping up grits for breakfast is a great recipe for beginner cooks and those who are new to Southern cooking. If you have never tasted grits before, this Southern grits recipe is guaranteed to convert you. These real Southern grits are made with a bit of butter and a touch of black pepper for a simple dish that can be served alongside any meal.

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



  • 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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It is always funny to introduce northerners to our southern grits. You hear it in movies and TV shows when they discuss the oddity that is grits. They are a staple in my home. I just purchased a bag when I went to market today. Try them with some grated cheese mixed in. Yummy!

I also love grits! I love eating grits while watching True Grit. It makes the whole experience extra gritty.

So, when we do have the time to prepare a homemade breakfast, we will on most days have grits. Now there are two ways to prepare this dish. I typically use water but when I have some milk that I know will spoil I will go for the gusto and use milk instead. Either way, you can not go wrong. I love me some grits.


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