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How to make Creamy Grits

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There’s nothing like a nice bowl of creamy grits to start the morning. Learn how to make rich and creamy grits every time following this method.

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One of my favorite breakfast items is a nice side of creamy and well-seasoned grits. I like my grits creamy, with a little thickness, and salty. Some people like to add sugar which is cool if that’s what you like. I think we can all agree that creamy grits are the very best. 

Before we get to the recipe, I’d like to establish some ingredients needed for the creamiest grits:

  1. Grits – You’ll find all kinds of grits in the market, but I suggest sticking with either old fashioned or stone ground grits for texture or flavor. They do take longer to cook but are worth the wait. If you’re in a hurry, quick cooking grits will do just fine. They won’t be as thick but still delicious. I don’t recommend instant grits if you’re looking for creamy grits.  
  2. Heavy cream – my go to option for rich and creamy grits. Milk and half and half work too, but I prefer heavy cream. You can keep it dairy free by not adding any dairy, but the results won’t be as rich.
  3. Water 
  4. Butter, Salt, and Pepper to add flavor. 
different grains of grits

Measurements: The measurements I use for grits are 4 cups liquid and 1 cup grits, give or take. The liquid can be whatever you choose and you can adjust your ratio of water and dairy. For example, for shrimp and grits, I go heavier on the cream to make the grits richer.  

You can also sub chicken broth for the water but that’s best used for savory dishes, like blackened fish and grits

How to make creamy grits

Gather your ingredients

ingredients for grits in marble board

Place water and heavy cream in a saucepan and bring to a gentle boil over medium-high heat.

ingredients for grits in saucepan

Whisk in grits and reduce heat to low.

grits being cooked with whisk sticking in it

Cover and cook for the allotted time, depending on the kind of grits used, stirring occasionally with a spoon.

grits with spoon in it

Season to taste with butter, salt, and pepper.

grits with butter on top

Serve with your favorite breakfast items and enjoy.

Frequently Asked Questions about Grits

What are grits?

Grits are coarsely ground grain that is often eaten in the Southern states for breakfast. Grits are cooked in liquid until softened. Some people choose to season their grits with salt and pepper while some opt for sugar. My household is split on this one.

Can you make grits creamy without the dairy?

Word on the street is you can if you cook them longer. However, I’ve had grits and oatmeal without milk or any kind of dairy. Dairy gives a richness that I tend to miss, so I make mine with dairy. 

Why are my grits thin?

If you find your grits are thin, it may be that you’re using instant grits. Those tend to be thin while old-fashioned and stone-ground grits are often thicker, which is why they take longer to cook. You may also have too much thin liquid in comparison to grits.

How do I make cheesy grits?

Simply stir in about 1 cup of shredded cheese once the grits are finished cooking and removed from heat.  

What kind of pot should I use to make grits?

Make sure you use a heavy-bottomed pot or high-quality quart pan for your grits. Cheaper pot options tend to have thinner bottoms and may cause the grits to stick to the bottom of the pot. 
You can also make grits in a pressure cooker, like this jalapeño cheddar grits recipe made in the pressure cooker.

How to Reheat Grits?

Grits will thicken as they sit and even more if you chill them after cooking. To reheat, add a little milk or water and heat over low heat in a pot. You can also reheat them in the microwave, just add a little liquid before reheating.

Serve with these side options for a Southern Breakfast

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How to make Creamy Grits

There's a technique to getting delicious rich and creamy grits on the stovetop. Learn how to make rich and creamy grits every time following this method.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword creamy grits, how to make grits from scratch, southern grits
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 400kcal
Author Tanya

Ingredients

  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup grits old fashion, stone ground recommended
  • 2 Tablespoon unsalted butter
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Place water and heavy cream in a saucepan and bring to a gentle boil over medium-high heat.
  • Whisk in grits, reduce heat to low, and cover. Cook over low heat for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.*
  • The grits are done when the majority of liquid has been absorbed and the grits are nice and creamy.
  • Remove from heat and stir

Notes

*Adjust the cooking time for the kind of grits you’re cooking. Follow the times below:
  • Quick Cooking Grits: 5-7 minutes
  • Old Fashioned Grits – 15-20 minutes
  • Stone Ground Grits – 25-30 minutes

Nutrition

Calories: 400kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 97mg | Sodium: 40mg | Potassium: 100mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1133IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 1mg
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Diane Kelley

Thursday 26th of August 2021

Absolutely, must use the heavy cream and preferably, stone ground grits. Just making them the Southern way as my Alabama Mother and Grandmother prepared for us. My Yankee neighbors just can’t appreciate the finer things in life! 😂 I enjoy your recipes always and thank you for taking the time to share. 😇