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Cheese Grits

Classic southern style Cheese Grits are a super easy and delicious side dish your family will love! They whip up in less than 15 minutes!!

Serve up creamy grits alongside Oven Baked BBQ RibsInstant Pot Beef Brisket, or Crispy Cornflake Chicken Tenders. Cheese Grits stir shredded cheddar and parmesan into smooth creamy grits for the most incredibly creamy, cheesy grits ever!

Bowl full of creamy cheese grits.

Creamy + Cheesy

Grits are made from ground corn, typically from less sweet, starchy varieties often referred to as dent corn. It is similar to an oatmeal or porridge.

The cheesiest, creamiest grits can be made with all cheddar, grated parmesan, and even soft crumbled goat cheese, depending on how you’re planning to serve them. For my creamy grits I used both cheddar and parmesan for an added depth of flavor.

Cheese grits are so warm and homey. They are perfect as a side dish and can even be whipped up for a savory breakfast! I mean they are that yummy. If you need some inspiration on what to serve with these grits try Pulled Pork, Chicken Thighs, or even a Glazed Ham!

Ingredients for cheese grits.

How to make cheese grits

GRITS. Add water, half and half and salt to a pot and bring to a boil. As soon as it starts to boil, slowly add the grits while constantly whisking.

SIMMER. Turn the heat down to low, cover and cook for 5-7 minutes. Stir several times, to prevent the grits from sticking to the bottom of the pot, until it has thickened but has some moisture left.

CHEESE. Turn off the heat. Stir in the cheddar, Parmesan, butter and pepper until everything is melted and smooth.

GARNISH + SERVE. Adjust the salt if needed. It will continue to thicken as it cools. Serve warm.

Shredded cheese for cheese grits.

Variations

Top grits with:

  • sausage
  • bacon
  • ham
  • a fried or poached egg
  • shrimp
  • red peppers
  • green onions
  • caramelized onions

Your creativity can really shine through with this dish!

Ingredients for cheese grits.

Tips

This rich and creamy side dish would be perfect to accompany almost any meal. Cheese grits are so versatile that you will want to bring them back again and again! Here are a few tips when making them:

  • If you are using stone ground instead of quick grits you will want to follow the cooking directions on the packaging as they will need to cook longer and require a different ratio of liquid. Cheeses and butter can then be added according to this recipe.
  • Any cheese that melts well can be substituted for the cheddar. Monterey jack, swiss, colby, or provolone would all work well.
  • Add in some cayenne pepper for spicier grits.
  • If your grits are thicker than desired add in another ¼-½  cup of water and stir. Keep in mind that they will also thicken as they cool.
Creamy grits cooked in a white pot.

Storing Info

STORE leftover cheese grits in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5-7 days. 

FREEZE leftovers in an airtight container for up to a month. Be sure to let your grits cool to room temperature before freezing. Thaw overnight in the fridge when ready to enjoy again.

Whether storing in the fridge or freezer it is recommended to spray the bottom of the storage container with some cooking spray before adding the grits for easy release later on. Warm up leftovers in a pan on the stovetop adding a little water or milk for your desired consistency.

Creamy cheese grits topped wtih cheese and butter.

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Cheese Grits Recipe

Classic southern style Cheese Grits are a super easy and delicious side dish your family will love! They whip up in less than 15 minutes!!
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 7 mins
Total Time: 12 mins
Servings: 4
Calories: 334kcal
Author: Life Made Simple Team
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Ingredients

  • 2 cup water
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup quick grits
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese - room temperature
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese - room temperature
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Add water, half and half and salt to a pot and bring to a boil. 
  • As soon as it starts to boil, slowly add the grits while constantly whisking.
  • Turn the heat down to low, cover and cook for 5-7 minutes. Stir several times, to prevent the grits from sticking to the bottom of the pot, until it has thickened but has some moisture left.
  • Turn off the heat. Stir in the cheddar, Parmesan, butter and pepper until everything is melted and smooth.
  • Adjust the salt if needed.
  • It will continue to thicken as it cools. Serve warm.

NOTES

-It is delicious to take a scoop of the leftovers, flatten into a patty, place in a frying pan and cook for a few minutes on each side to crisp and serve with an egg.
Nutrition Facts
Cheese Grits Recipe
Amount per Serving
Calories
334
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
20
g
31
%
Saturated Fat
 
13
g
81
%
Trans Fat
 
1
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
6
g
Cholesterol
 
61
mg
20
%
Sodium
 
509
mg
22
%
Potassium
 
152
mg
4
%
Carbohydrates
 
25
g
8
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
1
g
1
%
Protein
 
14
g
28
%
Vitamin A
 
612
IU
12
%
Vitamin C
 
1
mg
1
%
Calcium
 
370
mg
37
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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