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Creamy Grits Recipe

Creamy Grits Recipe

I’ve been getting so many request on how to make a pot of good ol’ southern, creamy, breakfast grits.

Grits is such an easy recipe to make but chances are if you’re not from the south, you may not have even had, made or heard of grits.

Grits are made of coursely ground corn and boiled in water or milk to create a creamy pourage usually eaten for breakfast (thanks google)

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In the south we like our grits for breakfast with sausage, eggs and toast or served up with fish. Check out my recipe for cajun tilapia and cheese grits. So yummy!

Although making a pot of creamy grits is super simple, it’s easy to really screw up the recipe. The first rule to making a pot of good grits is to NEVER MAKE IT ACCORDING TO THE PACKAGE! I’m not sure who created that recipe, but it sucks for creating creamy, flavorful grits without having to add a ton of salt and pepper. The second rule is to try not get any lumps. This may take practice if you are new to making grits.

This video will show you how to whip up a pot of flawless, flavorful creamy grits!

Watch me make these creamy grits from start to finish! 


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Creamy Grits Recipe
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Creating a pot creamy grits is so easy but do not follow the recipe on the bag! Heavy cream and half n half makes for the best southern, flavorful, creamy grits ever!
Serves: 2-3
  • 1½ cups water
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup half n half
  • ½ cup 5-minute grits
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • salt
  • pepper
  1. Add water, heavy cream and half n half to a pot.
  2. Bring to a boil.
  3. Slowly add in the grits while whisking steadily.
  4. Reduce heat to low and cover.
  5. Cook for 5-7 minutes, whisking frequently
  6. Remove from heat.
  7. Add butter and salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Serve immediately.
Grits thicken fast so serve immediately. If grits are too thick, stir in a little bit of water or milk before serving. If grits are too thin, cook a little while longer or allow to cool slightly.TIPS Add cheddar cheese for creamy, cheesy grits! Want some savory, jazzy grits? Add green onions, bacon, cheese and replace the water with chicken broth.


  1. How would you make grits at home to be served later at the office for a breakfast? The grits I make are usually concrete after cooling; you could stucco the house with grits. No matter what grits will harden. I usually add sausage, cheese, onions, sweet peppers, and cook with broth. Funny that I’ve never been to a restaurant in Florida that serves good grits; some joints don’t ever serve grits. A southern restaurant should focus on grits and all the possible variations; grits can be the center of a meal. Also, why even have “instant” grits; the longest part of making grits is getting water to boil.

  2. my key to no fail grits no matter what i plan to put in ‘em or eat with ‘em is to do a cold start. cold water, add grits immediately,stir, bring to a boil, stir, simmer (stir)til done. stir and serve. never clumps. i love a “fork grit” with butter american cheese salt and pepper, DH has to have a “spoon grit” with milk and sugar

  3. Monique made these grits this morning for my daughter she loved loved loved them. I’m not a grits eater, but they were the best. You are the best DIVA!!! Monique would like to see recipes for waffles, crab cakes, and oatmeal. Thank you.

  4. OMG!! I think we have a winner, this recipe is the bomb! My bf is a country bumpkin and when I made this for him, he LOVED it…even told me it’s the best grits he ever had!!

  5. This recipe is a keeper! My husband is a Louisiana boy, born and raised. I am a California girl who has never made grits. We are raising our family in Arizona, where most people have probably never even tried grits. Hubby requested grits and eggs over easy for his Father’s Day breakfast. I did a quick online search and came upon this recipe. I didn’t have the cream or half and half, so I just used 1% milk. He loved every bite and even licked the bowl. Thank you!!

  6. I have never had such good results from an online reciepe as this one. I usually have to tweak them to my taste…these were, hands down the best grits EVER. my husband loved them too. I can’t wait to try a savory version with fried green tomatoes and romalade drizzle …thank you for posting these tasty, creamy grits!,

  7. Made these last night along with some maple sausage…me and my boo were very very pleased…in fact he said this is how he wanted his grits from now on…so do I!

  8. Thanks for this recipe! My son LOVED his breakfast this morning (turned 9 months today :)) I had orginally tried the box directions with water and some cheese. He did not care for it at all. Heck, neither did I. I dumped the extra into a 8×8 dish and plan to serve it as finger foods for him. Thanks again!

  9. breakfast will never be the same in my house if i dont cook these grits alright!

  10. I just made these for breakfast this morning and I must say, these are the BEST grits I have EVER tasted!..as much as it pains me to say this, they are a tad bit better then my grandmas!..normally when making grits I will make enough for 2 servings just in case I want more. I never eat the second serving I always end up throwing it out..but with these grits? I ate the whole POT!..so its team workout and lite lunch/dinner for the rest of the day because I used 1 cup of heavy whipping cream since I did not have half-n-half. I give this recipe 5 stars and cannot wait to go home and make this for breakfast for my family!!! THANKS MONIQUE!! From one southerner to another!!

  11. P.S going to try the BBQ chicken out tonight.

  12. you mentioned in this video “fried Apples.” can you do a video on how to make them? Thanks! I have been on your website for last two days looking at receipts that I can not wait to try out. I am so happy that I found this site!!!!!! I will let you know how my food turns out. I am a huge fan of learning how to cook food from a different prospective. This is great! Thanks again for your secrets!!!!!

  13. I have never been a fan of grits with just salt and pepper ( I always have to load mine up with sugar) but these grits right here? TO DIE FOR!!! These grits were soooooo good! Excellent recipe!

  14. I tried this recipe the first time without the heavy cream b/c I didn’t have any and it came out great. Tried it again this morning WITH the heavy cream and it was hands down THE best grits I have ever made or tasted! So smooth and creamy. Loved it!

  15. OMG! I have been trying to crack Waffle House recipe for grits for weeks. But trying this recipe is the next best thing. Thank You Diva!

  16. Made these for breakfeast is was the best grits I ever had. We cleaned out the pot. Great job!

  17. I am addicted to grits. Just last night my cj(the boyfriend) said that I was talking in my sleep about grits and eggs, Ha Ha. I’ve been craving them for days so bad that I’ve been dreaming about them. Thanks for sharing cuz


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