Easy Grits Recipe – 3 Meal Ideas

Easy grits recipe with step by step instructions. This recipe calls for just three ingredients and you will have the creamiest grits every single time. Also included 3 meal ideas!

I have been on a grits kick lately and its been one of the simplest and nourishing things to prepare. Grits are made from ground corn, either yellow or white and they come in different varieties depending on the texture and how they are processed. For this recipe, I am using old-fashioned yellow grits which has a medium coarse grind and takes 15-20 minutes to cook.

Stone-ground grits are the least processed form of grits and have the most fiber and B vitamins. They have a heartier texture with strong corn flavor. However, they take longer to cook (40-45 minutes).

You will need your choice of grits, water, and salt to make a good pot of grits. Grits have a mild corn-like flavor but it easily takes on other flavors. I’d recommend finishing grits with a small dollop of butter, or a drizzle of olive oil for a creamy texture and lovely flavor.

  • To add extra creaminess, whisk in heavy whipping cream at the end. Shredded cheese such as cheddar is a great option too.

  • You can boost up the flavor of grits by replacing some of the water with broth/stock.

  • I personally like grits in savory application but you can enjoy grits as breakfast porridge/oatmeal with honey, nuts, fruits.

General ratio to cook grits is 1:4. For every cup of grits, use 4 cups of liquid. You can use all water, or a combination of stock, water, and milk. If using instant grits,read the instructions on the packet and follow accordingly.

Easy Grits Recipe

For 2-3 servings

1/2 cup old-fashioned yellow grits

2 cups water
salt to taste
add-on: dollop of butter, drizzle of olive oil


  1. In a heavy bottom pot, combine water with old-fashioned yellow grits. Bring it to a boil and season with salt.

  2. Lower the heat once it comes to a boil and occasionally stir the pot. Cook for 15-18 minutes or according to the package instructions. Grits should have a bit of a chew and a creamy texture. Add a dollop of butter/drizzle of olive oil at the end. Turn of the heat. Serve it warm.

Grits can be made ahead of time and reheat later. Add little liquid while reheating to loosen the texture.

You can enjoy the grits as a side dish or build a grits bowl with your choice of protein – eggs, shrimp, meat, beans etc. You can also add vegetables such as sauteed greens, mushrooms, kimchi or sauerkraut for a balanced meal. Hot sauce, salsa, shredded cheese, freshly chopped herbs are always welcome.

Here are 3 Meal Ideas with Grits I am currently loving:

Grits with Eggs and Sauerkraut
You can cook eggs to your liking and serve with sauerkraut or kimchi on the side.

Grits with Miso Mushroom
Sautee sliced mushroom in butter or olive oil until slightly browned then add a small amount of miso. Season to your taste. Serve with warm grits for a comforting meal.

Grits with Berries and Nuts
Add grits to your morning routine with some nuts, seeds and berries. You can enhance the flavor of sweet grits with vanilla extract, lemon zest, maple syrup/honey or other sweetener of your choice.

If you are into porridge or a comforting, one pot dish, you should try oats and mung bean porridge!

Dixya Bhattarai

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